“More Than a New Name”
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Dr. Robert J. Anderson
March 1, 2015


This Lent, at least for some of the weeks, we are looking at some passages of scripture that we don’t usually associate with Lent.  Last week we looked at the covenant God made with Noah after the flood and sealed with a rainbow.  We saw that God was distressed at all of the violence and pollution of creation with fear.  God’s good creation, created out of chaos, was being plunged back into chaos.  God decided to destroy the destroyers and did so with a flood while sparing a remnant--Noah and his family.  God’s paradox is that he wants a universe that is peaceful and harmonious; and humanity continues to move in the direction of tension, war, and disharmony; but, at the same time doesn’t give up on humanity.  God’s solution is to act unilaterally.  God talks, Noah listens.  God decides to limit himself.  He will never again destroy the earth by flood.  God doesn’t give up on rebellious humanity; but displays grace in pursuit of desire for a peaceful, harmonious creation.  If God’s broken heart doesn’t make him want to give up on humanity, shouldn’t we who profess to follow him also have broken hearts over what we see happening to God’s good creation; and out of our broken hearts love flows to others?


“Fingerprints On the Chalice1
Luke 22:14-20
Dr. Robert J. Anderson
February 1, 2015


Ever wonder what goes on at the Communion Table?  When we think about Communion, we need to avoid the weakness of trying to standardize things.  We need to avoid trying to nail down exactly what happens to the bread and juice/wine.  We need to avoid nailing down what happens to the worshipper each time he/she participates in Communion.


I don't think we all get a big bang out of Communion each time we take it.  Our responses aren't standardized.  Our response depends on our mood, the weather, our personal histories, or whether we are with our home congregation or with strangers.  Each person is different; so each Communion experience is different.


“How Do You Hear the Voice of God?”
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Dr. Robert J. Anderson
March 22, 2015


The setting into which the prophet Jeremiah speaks God’s word is one of utter chaos and despair for the people of Israel.  All around them the covenant lays in ruins!  There were two great, visible signs of the covenant between the people of Israel and God.  One was the Temple and the other was the king.  The Babylonians destroyed the Temple and they carried off King Zedekiah in chains.  These were the two symbols of God’s covenantal fidelity.  The “people of God” lost their freedom prestige, power and security.  The “people of God” also lost God!  Or, at the very least they lost the assurance of his faithfulness.  This is where the people were!