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Sermon from Sunday, February 21, 2021. Exiles (Part 1). 1 Peter 1:1-2. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. After the people of God suffer dislocation and exile at the hands of Babylon in the 6th century BCE, exile becomes an important controlling metaphor for how they understand their collective life in a challenging world, even long after they retur…
 
Sermon from Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Isaiah 58:1-12 & Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Entering into a season of Lenten sacrifice seems an odd thing to do in the midst of a pandemic that has forced sacrifice upon us for so long. Remembering our mortality feels equally unnecessary as death has been an inescapable part…
 
Sermon from Sunday, February 14, 2021. Enigma (Part 6). Mark 11:12-17. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. In a very familiar episode of the gospel story, Jesus overturns the tables of money changers in the temple. But just before he does this, he does a strange thing we’re not so familiar with: he curses a fig tree because he’s hungry and it has no …
 
Sermon from Sunday, February 7, 2021. Enigma (Part 5). Luke 16:1-13. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. In what is generally regarded as Jesus’ most difficult parable, Jesus seems to be praising the cunning and dishonesty of a manager who defrauds his master to save his own skin. Somewhere in this unsavory behavior is a lesson for Christian disciple…
 
Sermon from Sunday, January 31, 2021. Enigma (Part 4). Luke 22:35-38. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. As Jesus nears the end of his ministry and prepares for his confrontation with authorities, he seems to command his disciples to take up arms - a very striking departure from the tone and substance of his teaching up to that point. His followers …
 
Sermon from Sunday, January 24, 2021. Enigma (Part 3). Mark 7:24-30. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Jesus encounters a Gentile woman who seeks healing for her daughter. While it may seem like the set-up for a straightforward miracle story, it is anything but. In this desperate woman, Jesus is confronted with the question of how broad his ministr…
 
Sermon from Sunday, January 17, 2021. Enigma (Part 2). Luke 14:25-33. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Jesus makes demands of his disciples so stringent and uncompromising that we can’t help but wonder if anyone can truly follow him. The reason his demand seems so unreasonable to us is that we struggle to put our loves in the proper order - but do…
 
Sermon from Sunday, January 10, 2021. Enigma (Part 1). Mark 4:10-12. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Jesus explains to his disciples why he teaches in parables, and his explanation is far from satisfying. The fact that Jesus is difficult to understand - perhaps even intentionally so - may tell us just as much about ourselves as it does about him.…
 
Sermon from Sunday, January 3, 2021. John 1:10-18. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. As a part of John’s unique telling of the Christmas story - the coming of God in the flesh - he tells us that Jesus gives us power to become children of God. This is much more than the bestowal of special status upon those who accept Jesus; it is our induction into…
 
Sermon from Sunday, December 20, 2020. Home for the Holidays (Part 4). John 1:1-5, 14. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. John’s house at Christmastime isn’t really decorated for the season, but that’s because John is just too busy embedding himself in the deep, theological meaning and purpose of the celebration. The gathering at his home is not so …
 
Sermon from Sunday, December 13, 2020. Home for the Holidays (Part 3). Luke 2:1-14. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Luke’s house at Christmastime is as festive as festive gets. Luke gives us the Christmas story that we know and love, the story that dominates the religious imagery and iconography of this season. The deep significance of Luke’s tel…
 
Sermon from Sunday, December 6, 2020. Home for the Holidays (Part 2). Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13-15, 19-23. Matthew’s house at Christmastime is a crowded place - it’s a family reunion, and there are many familiar faces and many unfamiliar, but all sharing in a common lineage. Pictures on the wall connect the living family to many who came before. The ce…
 
Sermon from Sunday, November 29, 2020. Home for the Holidays (Part 1). Mark 1:1-11. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The home of Mark the evangelist is spare and unadorned at Christmastime. In fact, there is not a single holiday decoration anywhere in the place. But it would be too hasty to conclude that Mark doesn’t care (or know) about the Chris…
 
Sermon from Sunday, November 22, 2020. Ephesians (Part 5). Ephesians 6:10-17. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Paul urges the Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God in order to defend against the assaults of the evil forces that are all around us. The challenges of living in a manner worthy of our calling in Christ are very real, and the stake…
 
Sermon from Sunday, November 15, 2020. Ephesians (Part 4). Ephesians 5:8-20. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Paul uses Light and Darkness to help the church understand its relationship to the world. But we need to be careful not to assume that the divisions between the two are perfectly clear, nor that living as Christians in the world is a simpl…
 
Sermon from Sunday, November 8, 2020. Ephesians (Part 3). Ephesians 4:1-16. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. When the resurrection power of God is at work in God’s people, we - who once were dead - are rescued and made alive in Christ. And having been saved by the grace of God, our life together as a Christian community takes a different shape: in…
 
Sermon from Sunday, November 1, 2020. Ephesians (Part 2). Ephesians 2:1-10. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. For Protestant Christians, this portion of Ephesians forms a theological center of gravity for the whole of the Gospel: we are saved by grace. And despite the many complications Christians have constructed around the notion of salvation, it…
 
Sermon from Sunday, October 25, 2020. Ephesians (Part 1). Ephesians 1:15-23. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church is simple: that they would see and experience the power of God at work among them and through them. At a time when so much seems to be out of control and we so often experience feelings of powerlessness, could there be any better praye…
 
Sermon from Sunday, October 18, 2020. Holy Habits (Part 6). Romans 12:1-2. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. There is a great deal of overlap between worshiping and attending a worship service, but they are not the same thing. What happens when the community gathers for worship is a condensed and enhanced form of the kind of self-offering that God …
 
Sermon from Sunday, October 11, 2020. Holy Habits (Part 5). Isaiah 58:1-12 & Matthew 6:25-34. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The ancient practice of fasting has fallen by the wayside for many Christians - especially Protestants - in recent generations. As a result, we struggle to understand how giving up food deepens our connection to God. But f…
 
Sermon from Sunday, October 4, 2020. Holy Habits (Part 4). Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 & Matthew 6:1-6. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. In the classic lists of spiritual disciplines, we usually find solitude: the practice of intentionally removing oneself not only from people but also from the noise and distractions that daily life brings. But because so…
 
Sermon from Sunday, September 27, 2020. Holy Habits (Part 3). Luke 12:13-21. The pitfalls of wealth and possessions are many and dangerous, and scripture is uncommonly univocal on the matter. What is less clear is what we are supposed to do about it. Sometimes we assume that the answer is to rid ourselves of our possessions, which is impractical (a…
 
Sermon from Sunday, September 20, 2020. Holy Habits (Part 2). Isaiah 55:6-13 & Colossians 3:1-11. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. God is mysterious and God’s ways in the world are often inscrutable. But this does not mean that Christians forsake the pursuit of understanding God. On the contrary, it means that seeking a clearer understanding of ou…
 
Sermon from Sunday, September 13, 2020. Holy Habits (Part 1). Deuteronomy 6:1-9 & Romans 8:22-27. Prayer is one of the most essential spiritual disciplines and one of the most widely practiced, but that doesn’t make it simple or straightforward. In fact, some of the thorniest questions of Christian life and theology are related to the act and funct…
 
Sermon from Sunday, September 6, 2020. Upside Down (Part 6). Isaiah 11:1-9 & Revelation 21:1-5a. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. God's plan for creation from the very beginning is not the evacuation of the faithful from a world destined to decay. God's plan is a new heaven and a new earth: all things remade and renewed - the world itself turned u…
 
Sermon from Sunday, August 30, 2020. Upside Down (Part 5). Amos 5:18-24 & Matthew 20:1-16. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The word "justice" echoes around our nation today on the lips of protestors and police officers, activists and agitators, preachers and politicians. But there is precious little agreement on what this loaded word actually mea…
 
Sermon from Sunday, August 23, 2020. Upside Down (Part 4). 1 Corinthians 1:17-25. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The cross makes no sense - it is almost that simple. It’s a source of scandal to good religious folks and utter nonsense to the outside world. But it is the decisive location and the central symbol of God’s action in human history, an…
 
Sermon from Sunday, August 16, 2020. Upside Down (Part 3). Matthew 5:13-16 & Galatians 3:23-28. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Jesus upends the ways we relate to one another in radical and disconcerting ways. We understand ourselves and others by drawing boundaries - boundaries that we use to define ourselves just as much as we use them to defin…
 
Sermon from Sunday, August 9, 2020. Upside Down (Part 2). 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 & Matthew 5:38-42. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Jesus was not just contesting the political powers of his day, he was contesting our very notions of power itself. In his teaching and in his life, he reveals the ways that God has set about unmasking our misguided no…
 
Sermon from Sunday, August 2, 2020. Upside Down (Part 1). Mark 10:35-45. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. James and John approach Jesus with an audacious request: to be given a special status when Jesus is glorified. But since they misunderstand the nature of Jesus' glorification, they are sadly mistaken about what sort of status he is able to off…
 
Sermon from Sunday, July 26, 2020. Grace in the Wilderness (Part 6). Numbers 9:1-14. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. God instructs Israel to keep the Passover while they are journeying through the wilderness, and this may just be the most important action that God's people perform during their season of wandering. When we find ourselves disorient…
 
Sermon from Sunday, July 19, 2020. Grace in the Wilderness (Part 5). Exodus 17:1-7. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The people of God grow thirsty in the wilderness, causing them to wonder if God is even with them at all there in that barren place. God hears their grumbling and their cries for help, and God provides. From the most lifeless object…
 
Sermon from Sunday, July 12, 2020. Grace in the Wilderness (Part 4). Numbers 14:1-10, 19-23. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. God delivered Israel from captivity. God provided them with food and water in the wilderness. God covenanted to be faithful to them. Yet when the people of God reach the borders of Canaan - the land of God's promise - they …
 
Sermon from Sunday, July 5, 2020. Grace in the Wilderness (Part 3). Exodus 16:2-21. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The Israelites become anxious that there will not be enough to eat, not believing God capable of providing for them in the wilderness. As it turns out, receiving from God is about more than opening up our hands to the abundant gifts…
 
Sermon from Sunday, June 28, 2020. Grace in the Wilderness (Part 2). Exodus 17:8-13. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The Israelites do battle in the wilderness against the Amalekites, and their fortunes rise or fall with the arms of Moses, which hold the staff of God aloft. It is ultimately by God's own power that Israel prevails, but their victo…
 
Sermon from Sunday, June 21, 2020. Grace in the Wilderness (Part 1). Exodus 19:1-14. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. God did amazing things for Israel in Egypt, but it was not until they were in the wilderness that they were granted a direct encounter with the living God. In the midst of the uncertainty and fear of our own wilderness experience, …
 
Sermon from Sunday, June 7, 2020. Origins (Part 8). Genesis 11:1-9. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Humans come together in a great city and dream of a tower that reaches to the heavens - a clear symbol of human ambition. But when our ambitions send us skyward, the people around us tend to disappear. God sees what humans are doing and scatters th…
 
Sermon from Sunday, May 31, 2020. Origins (Part 7). Genesis 8:13-22; 9:1-17. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. When the flood waters recede, Noah and his family leave the ark and re-enter the world. After the destruction of the flood, this moment marks a new beginning not just for the human race, but for creation as a whole. We find in this story a…
 
Sermon from Sunday, May 24, 2020. Origins (Part 6). Genesis 6:9-22; 7:11-24. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The notion of any god - never mind our good, loving, and just God - obliterating human and animal life in anger or remorse just doesn’t wash for most of us today. However, we can find much in the story of Noah and the great flood to help u…
 
Sermon from Sunday, May 17, 2020. Origins (Part 5). Genesis 4:1-16. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Cain and Abel are the first sons of Adam and Eve and the first to try their hand at life outside of the Garden of Eden - it does not go well. Cain grows angry when God does not favor his sacrifice and lashes out against Abel, murdering his own brot…
 
Sermon from Sunday, May 10, 2020. Origins (Part 4). Genesis 3:1-24. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The serpent wreaks havoc in paradise, bringing a swift end to Adam and Eve’s ideal existence. As the first couple is sent away from Eden, we are offered explanations for some of the hardships of life and the most basic alienations of human existenc…
 
Sermon from Sunday, May 3, 2020. Origins (Part 3). Genesis 2:4b-25. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. God provides a lush, fruitful garden for Adam and Eve to enjoy, gives them a job to do, and also sets up a boundary which they may not cross. All of these - permission, vocation, and prohibition - are part of what it means to live a fruitful life i…
 
Sermon from Sunday, April 26, 2020. Origins (Part 2). Genesis 1:26 - 2:3. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. That God has made us in God’s own image has often led us to think that God has intentionally elevated us above the rest of the animal kingdom and the natural world, leading to all manner of exploitation of and callous disregard for creation. …
 
Sunday, April 19, 2020. Origins (Part 1). Genesis 1:1-25. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. The creation poem of Genesis 1 presents the origins of the cosmos as an orderly affair with each element of creation arriving in its proper time. And with each new addition, the Creator looks at what has been made and declares it Good. But what we often leav…
 
Sunday, April 5, 2020. The Last Word (Part 6). Matthew 21:1-11 | John 19:30 | Luke 23:44-46. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. Jesus begins the week with a triumphal entry into the power center of Jerusalem and he ends it powerless on a cross. These events reveal the very heart of the gospel and how God is at work in our lives in Christ.…
 
Sunday, March 29, 2020. Last Words (Part 5). Psalm 69:16-21 & John 19:28-29. Pastor Bryant Anderson preaching. In the midst of all of the physical suffering that Jesus is enduring on the cross, John reports that Jesus says, "I am thirsty." These are remarkable words coming from the one who is himself the source of living water, and they tell us a l…
 
Sunday, March 15, 2020. Last Words (Part 3). Galatians 3:23-29 & John 19:25-27. From the cross, Jesus looks at his mother and one of his disciples and redefines their relationship to one another. In so doing, Jesus redefines the way all Christians relate to one another, forming a new kind of community - which we call the Church.…
 
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