Sermons by Jonathan Anderson

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Jesus Was…and IS

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A student sent this to me and asked me for my response: “Jesus was a radical, nonviolent, revolutionary who hung around with lepers, [prostitutes] and crooks, wasn’t American and never spoke English; was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer (cf. Matthew 6:5); but was never anti-gay, never mentioned abortion or birth control, never called the poor […]

Hand Him The Ball!

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Spiritual rest is the concept of a person being able to trust in what God is doing in our lives, rather than on relying on ourselves. If a quarterback receives the ball from the center, the defensive line then presses in on him, trying hard to sack him behind the line of scrimmage. But if […]

The Stranger

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“A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few […]

You’re Better Off

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You’re better off complaining about the world as you watch it through your 55″ Roku TV. You’re better off complaining about leaders. After all, everything you hear about those powerful world leaders comes from what some guy at the gas station heard from someone else (and how could Bob at the Shell ever be wrong?) […]

Superman

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Maybe you’ve heard the true story about the time that Muhammad Ali was sitting in first class on a plane one day when a flight attendant came to him and asked him to buckle his seat belt as they were nearing takeoff. The flight attendant left and came back, but Muhammad Ali had still not […]

The Fastest Man

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Usain Bolt is the fastest man who ever lived. He holds the world records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, and he is also a part of the fastest 4 x 100 team ever. It takes vision, purpose, and grit to spend four years training for a nine-second race, especially in a world where […]

The Hole That We’re In

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On October 14th, 1987, a little girl named Jessica McClure fell down a well shaft in the small town of Midland, Texas. The shaft was eight inches in diameter and twenty-two feet deep. She was lost to her parents with no way on her own to get out. She was absolutely trapped. From the bottom […]

The Toughest Room

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We were hidden from line of sight. Normally, in practice and I’ve only ever made entries in practice— (unless you count the thing Jim Goings and I did that night we cleared a Sam’s Club by ourselves) — when entering a room, you get a tap or a hand placed on the shoulder. We were […]

Stan Lee

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Since 1939, the late Stan Lee has been responsible for creating or co-creating some of the world’s most popular superheroes. His super-human imagination gave birth to Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man. Of course, the world has no shortage of storytellers, but Lee was […]

The Kindness of God

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Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? – Romans 2:4 Believers have the privilege of seeing all of life as designed and ordained by the sovereign will of God. By that sovereignty, each person’s eternity is […]