What I’m Thinking: Hope for Justice

Jesus’ story of a widow and an unjust judge isn’t one to show how God is – it’s to show how God isn’t. Which leaves the question for us: Do we still have hope for God’s justice? Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the eighteenth chapter of Luke (Luke 18:1-8), which begins with what we […]

October 14, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: The Root of Thanks

October 13, 2019Eighteenth Sunday after PentecostLuke 17:11-19 by Eric Anderson It’s probably impossible to avoid a little condemnation of the nine people who had been healed, and who had failed to come back and give thanks. It’s probably impossible to avoid a little self-righteousness about it. If it had been you or me (particularly me, […]

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What I’m Thinking: Appreciation

Ten were healed – one came back to offer Jesus thanks. The first step of thanksgiving is awareness of how blessed we are. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the seventeenth chapter of Luke (Luke 17:11-19), in which Jesus encountered ten sick men. Luke calls them lepers. Some of them may, indeed, have suffered from […]

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Sermon: Christian Conditions

October 6, 2019Seventeenth Sunday after PentecostWorld Communion Sunday2 Timothy 1:1-14 by Eric Anderson In this opening of the Second Letter to Timothy, two verses stand out for me. The first is the statement that the author is reminded of, “your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice […]

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Pastor’s Corner: Plimsoll Lines

October 2, 2019 On the side of a cargo ship are a series of horizontal lines. Known as load lines or Plimsoll lines, they indicate the deepest safe displacement of that particular ship in different conditions. The top line, which would be at the water’s edge for the heaviest load, is for tropical fresh water […]

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Tales from the General Synod

At last week’s Senior Ministry gathering, Sue and Bob Smith shared their experiences attending the General Synod earlier this summer in Milwaukee, WI. (Photos courtesy of E. Shiraishi)

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What I’m Thinking: Faithful Living

In the opening of the second letter to Timothy, the author offers a sound basis for faithful living: a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the opening of the Second Letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:1-14). In it, our author commends Timothy’s faith, but also commends [or […]

September 30, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Getting the Points

September 29, 2019Sixteenth Sunday after PentecostLuke 16:19-31 by Eric Anderson I don’t know if any of you have watched the situation comedy called The Good Place. Created by Michael Schur, it’s set in the afterlife, in heaven and hell, or at least in some version springing from Michael Schur’s imagination. The plot takes too many […]

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What I’m Thinking: Rich and Poor

Jesus told a story about a rich man and a poor man, and the way their conditions reversed after they died. He had some opinions about poverty. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the sixteenth chapter of Luke (Luke 16:19-31), and it’s a much simpler story than the one we faced last week with the […]

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Sermon: Puzzling Parable

September 22, 2019Fifteenth Sunday after PentecostLuke 16:1-13 by Eric Anderson Some of my favorite movies share a common characteristic: lovable rogues are their main characters. The Oceans‘ movies with George Clooney and Brad Pitt and their steadily increasing cast of con artists. The Sting, with Robert Redford and Paul Newman as Chicago grifters of the […]

September 22, 2019 in Sermons by

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