“Dependence on God”
2 Kings 2:1-2
Dr. Robert J. Anderson
February 15, 2015


Transfiguration and Elijah are not part of our everyday conversations.  We may not know exactly what transfiguration means and we have only a glimpse of Elijah.


I looked up transfiguration just to make sure I know what it means.  According to the dictionary, transfiguration means to change in appearance.  In the familiar scene on the mountain of transfiguration, the disciples saw Elijah, Moses, and Jesus standing together and Jesus’ appearance changed.  His clothes became dazzling bright.  Something about that moment changed Jesus in the mind of the disciples.


“A Countercultural Lesson”
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Dr. Robert J. Anderson
March 29, 2015


Today we continue our journey through the Lenten Season looking at Old Testament passages, rather than the more usual New Testament Passages that are often chosen.


Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday as it is also known, is the day the church celebrates Jesus’ triumphant entry into the holy city and the beginning of the last week leading up to the crucifixion and beyond to Easter!  We are familiar with Jesus sending a couple of disciples into the city to secure a donkey upon which he will ride into the city.  The disciples find it just as he said they would, and they bring the donkey to Jesus.  Jesus gets on the donkey and rides down the hillside from the Mt. of Olives.  People begin to line the way and shout Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Palm branches are cut and waved!  People take off their cloaks and lay them in the path.  The religious leaders tell Jesus to make the people “hush up,” but he replies that if that happened the rocks would shout out the praise!



“3 Kinds of Bones”

Hebrews 12:1-3

Dr. Robert J. Anderson

January 25, 2015


When Duffle Daugherty was a coach at Michigan State, he described the qualities he looked for in his athletes at the University. "Of course, we like them big," he said, "but we'll settle for players with 3 kinds of bones—a funny bone, a wishbone and a backbone. The funny bone is to enjoy a laugh, even at one's own expense. The wishbone is to think big, set one's goals high and to have dreams and ambitions. And the backbone—well, that's so a boy will have the gumption to get up and go to work and make all those dreams come true." —Roland F. Meissner, Jr., Nylic Review