SMALL WORLD LESSONS FOR CHRISTIAN VOCATION

Pastor Mark Anderson Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar California In a 2103 article entitled, Limits of Knowledge and Honesty in Large Systems, Swedish Sociologist, Hans Zetterberg writes of the enduring value of “Durable and close socially small worlds…”. The wider article is concerned with the growth of the large, impersonal worlds of politics,Continue reading “SMALL WORLD LESSONS FOR CHRISTIAN VOCATION”

“…PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR…HE WHO FEARS IS NOT PERFECTED IN LOVE” 1 John

Pastor Mark Anderson, Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, California The little letter of 1st John has a lot to say about love. Some of what it tells us is pure Gospel. It tells us that God is love. It points to Jesus Christ as the great expression of that love for us.Continue reading ““…PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR…HE WHO FEARS IS NOT PERFECTED IN LOVE” 1 John”

“Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith;…” St. Paul

Friends in Christ, Are you a righteous person? Which is to say, are you morally right, good and virtuous? You probably think so but how do you know? That’s the easy part. Your moral uprightness, goodness and virtue are always measured against some form of performance based upon laws, rules, standards, etc. They may beContinue reading ““Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith;…” St. Paul”

THE LONG ARC OF HISTORY: WHERE IS IT HEADED?

Pastor Mark Anderson, Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, California The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was known for quoting a line from a 19th century sermon. That sermon was delivered by an avowed abolitionist preacher, Theodore Parker. Parker was a Unitarian, transcendentalist and anything but an orthodox christian. The quote follows: “TheContinue reading “THE LONG ARC OF HISTORY: WHERE IS IT HEADED?”

God’s Word Apart from the Law

Pastor Mark Anderson, Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, California I have written before and included in many sermons the observation that the endless cycle of the demand for justice – seeking is the legal cycle within which the world is trapped. The fundamental error, the wrong move we make here is inContinue reading “God’s Word Apart from the Law”

HOPE THAT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have obtained access  to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  More than that, we  rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  andContinue reading “HOPE THAT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT”

“For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

Pastor Mark Anderson It is no small thing that God has revealed Himself in the face of Jesus of Nazareth. Beings are in relation to one another, face to face. Persons and the creation itself are presented to us. We face them, they face us. Our management or stewardship involves a shaping and reshaping ofContinue reading ““For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.””

BAPTISM: GOD’S DECISION FOR YOU

Pastor Mark Anderson In Matthew 28 our Lord Jesus issued his final command and promise to His disciples. Sometimes these words are called the “Great Commission”. Significantly, baptism has a prominent place in our Lord’s command.   The first thing to note about our Lord’s words is that they are a command. Baptism, therefore, is not anContinue reading “BAPTISM: GOD’S DECISION FOR YOU”

“…FOR THE LORD SEES NOT AS MAN SEES; MAN LOOKS ON THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS ON THE HEART.” 1 Samuel

Pastor Mark Anderson   There must be a basic honesty about life, before God and others. Our society is consumed with the phony posturing of “image” and yet hypocritically claims to despise the phony. Yet, in some sense we are all posturing phonies, selling an image of ourselves that could not stand full exposure. And thisContinue reading ““…FOR THE LORD SEES NOT AS MAN SEES; MAN LOOKS ON THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS ON THE HEART.” 1 Samuel”