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Each week, we post Sunday’s sermon by Rev. Eric Anderson. If you can’t join us on Sunday morning, try following #3tweetsermon on Twitter.

Sermon: Steadfast

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March 17, 2019Second Sunday in Lent Luke 13:31-35 by Eric Anderson They came to keep him safe, these Pharisees. It’s one of the ways we know that Jesus and the Pharisees of his day were not implacable enemies. Oh, there were certainly some among them who disliked Jesus intensely. There were some who were convinced…

Sermon: Change the Test

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March 10, 2019First Sunday in Lent Luke 4:1-13 by Eric Anderson There were a couple of things that came out of our Bible Study of this passage this week. One was the insight that this was not the last time Jesus experienced temptation. As human as we are, Jesus no doubt felt the pull to…
Tags: #temptation

Sermon: Oooo! Scary!

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March 3, 2019Transfiguration Sunday Luke 9:28-43a by Rev. John Madsen-Bibeau Greetings from the mainland. If you haven’t met me yet, my name is John Madsen-Bibeau. I’m a friend of Eric’s from seminary and when I’m not doing this, I do psychotherapy in Massachusetts. I am happy to be here preaching for you this morning. Eric…
Tags: #call, #power

Sermon: Hard Love

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February 24, 2019Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Luke 6:27-38 by Eric Anderson “Love your enemies,” said Jesus. Do I have to? Can’t I just go home and hide instead? This is one of the times when Christianity seems wildly impractical. It’s also one of the times when Christianity seems to favor the oppressor over the…
Tags: #challenge, #discipleship

Sermon: Live Aloha

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February 23, 2019Hawai’i Conference UCC Church Leaders Event Opening Worship Nu’uanu Congregational Church UCC, Honolulu, HI Ephesians 4:29-5:2 by Eric Anderson Aloha! Live aloha: That’s the instruction of the sixth initiative of our Hawai’i Conference Strategic Plan, the title of this sermon, and the challenge of Christian discipleship. I came to the topic with the…
Tags: Hawaiiconference

Sermon: Now, Wait a Minute

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February 17, 2019Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Luke 6:17-26, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 by Eric Anderson I am a big fan of “Now, wait a minute” moments. A “Now, wait a minute” moment is when some new awareness, or some new piece of information, or some new thought calls into question what I thought I saw,…
Tags: #Vision

Sermon: Caught!

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February 10, 2019Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Luke 5:1-11 There are so many ways you can hear the word, “Caught.” Last week’s Super Bowl showed us the difference between a pass that’s “caught” and “incomplete” or, I suppose, “intercepted.” Last week’s game was the lowest scoring in Super Bowl history, and one of the few…
Tags: #call, #discipleship

Sermon: Tough Call

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February 3, 2019Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Jeremiah 1:4-10Luke 4:21-30 If you felt a little confused by this morning’s Gospel reading, you’ve got good reason to be. We started in the middle of the story, and that’s always an awkward place to start. To begin with the beginning then: this is the first story Luke…
Tags: #welcome, Foreigner, Racism

Guest Sermon: Second Helping

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Guest Preacher: the Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion January 27, 2019Third Sunday after the Epiphany 1 Kings 19:3-8John 6:1-13 The text of Dr. Vásquez-Levy's sermon is not available, but we have permission to share this audio recording. Second Helping The photo is of David Vásquez-Levy standing on new ground at Pohoiki.
Tags: #DavidVasquez-Levy, #GuestPreacher

Sermon: What God Is Like

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January 20, 2019Second Sunday after the Epiphany John 2:1-11 If you wanted to write a book about what God is like, where would you start? If you wanted to write a sermon about what God is like, where would you start? If you were me, you might start with a rhetorical question. That was the…
Tags: #Love, Extravagance
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