About Pastor Eric Andersen

Pastor Andersen serves Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Summit, IL and Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hodgkins, IL.

He is also the Associate Editor of Brothers of John the Steadfast, Bible Study editor for Around the Word, and teaches at Wittenberg Academy. You can read his sermons here.

Book Review: “Beauty and Catechesis” by Rev. Gaven M. Mize

Rev. Gaven Mize’s new book, Beauty and Catechesis, is a wonderful gift to the Church. Published by Grail Quest Books, Beauty and Catechesis brings to the forefront an often overlooked medium for confessing the faith—the visual arts. With the expertise … Continue reading

Election 2016: The Political Incarnation of American Values

Every day, the level of political discourse in our country seems to hit a new low. As much as Secretary Clinton likes to quote Michelle Obama’s dictum, “when they go low, we go high,” both candidates have shown themselves to … Continue reading

A Requiem for Marriage

While the world was celebrating the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling to legalize gay marriage, conservative Christian blogs everywhere were filled with obituaries. And while SCOTUS’ decision is yet another example of exchanging God’s glory for that of the world, it … Continue reading

Lutheran Church or 7-Eleven? A Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

In today’s Holy Gospel (Mark 7:31-37), our Lord shows us how profoundly our hearing affects us. Before he’d heard God’s Word, the man in our text was deaf and had trouble speaking. But then he heard God’s Word and his … Continue reading

Commemorating the Saints

Satan’s always working to confuse our theology. If he can’t knock us off the horse on one side, he’ll try to knock us off the other. He’s done a really great job when it comes to commemorating the saints. I … Continue reading

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?

A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to go with him to a Cubs game. Now, despite the fact that baseball is about as exciting to me as watching paint dry, I had a good time. Not only do I … Continue reading

Pastor, Can We Sing Patriotic Songs in Church?

A friend of mine recently had a parishioner ask him if they could sing patriotic songs in the Divine Service this Fourth of July weekend. Of course he said no, like the good and faithful pastor he is. But the … Continue reading

Catechetical Aesthetics with Pastor Mize (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on what the things we see in church can teach us. For part 1, click here.  A Congregational Study of the “Teach us, Augustana” Classes: Class II Rev. Gaven M. Mize Augustana … Continue reading

Voter Apathy Still #1 Problem. Does anyone care?

There is a highly motivated and well-organized campaign underway to elect a new president and change the direction of Synod. With voter registration being significantly down this convention cycle (by about 855)*, they may just get their wish. Meanwhile, President Harrison has … Continue reading

Catechetical Aesthetics with Pastor Mize (Part 1)

Pastor Gaven Mize of Augustana Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC has begun producing a series of really great videos about the significance of what we see in church. These videos are exceedingly practical. For example, Pr. Mize makes a helpful connection between liturgical … Continue reading

The Secret to Church Growth

On one occasion after Jesus finished teaching in the synagogue, a number of his disciples were offended at His teaching and said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” and many of His disciples turned back and … Continue reading

Why Parents “Can’t” Bring Their Kids to Church

One of the biggest challenges congregations face when it comes to catechizing their children is the demanding schedule of sports and extra curricular activities. It’s commonplace for games, practices, recitals, etc., to be held on Sundays. When it comes to trying to … Continue reading

Satan, the World’s First Feminist

Adam did battle with Satan in the Garden Paradise and lost. It was a no-contest, really. By the time round two came around, Eden had been a distant memory and Satan had home-field advantage. The desert wilderness couldn’t have been … Continue reading

Catching Waves with Christ!

At first I thought this was a video of somebody mocking Christianity. If only that were the case. As it turns out, we do the best parody of ourselves. If this was all I knew about Christianity, I’d be an … Continue reading

Preaching, God’s Laxative for Your Heart

Before next Sunday, we will once again celebrate that most significant of events in human history, the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the wonderful proclamation that for your sake, God came down from heaven, was incarnate by … Continue reading

On Fire for Christ!

Sometimes the Lutheran Church is accused of not being very missional. We’re solid when it comes to doctrine—justification by grace through faith alone—but when it comes to mission, well, we’re about as clueless as a synod in convention. Or so … Continue reading

Why You Should Think of Your Pastor as a Priest

In keeping with the theology of the Old Testament, some Christian churches (including many Lutheran ones)[i] have retained the custom of referring to clergy as “priests.” Now it is not my purpose to argue for a return to this terminology or … Continue reading

The Gospel According to Elsa

Jesus never said, “Let go and let God”, He said, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” There’s a big difference. Both “let go and let God” and “repent and believe” acknowledge that we have trouble, but they locate the source … Continue reading

The Importance of Going through the Motions

Any musician will tell you there’s nothing particularly exciting about practicing scales. It can be one of the most boring and rote aspects of a musician’s routine, but the path to virtuosity requires every aspiring student to go through the motions (ad … Continue reading

New Revelation Bible Study, from Around the Word

Revelation is perhaps one of the most popular, yet least understood books in the entire Bible. In an effort to correct that, Around the Word has begun offering a new study called “The Seven Churches” by Pastor Travis Loeslie. An introduction … Continue reading

Living Catechisms

Despite all of the emphasis Scripture puts on life together, it’s really common for Christians to see faith individualistically. Of course you can’t believe for anyone else, but it’s easy to overlook the impact your faith (or lack thereof) has … Continue reading

…But We Will Devote Ourselves to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

There’s a ton of confusion in the Church today surrounding the pastoral office. Do we really even need pastors? What is he supposed to do with his time? Is he supposed to be a leader, a counselor, a CEO, a visionary, … Continue reading

You Aren’t a Christian if…

…you despise preaching and the Sacrament. In other words, Christians go to church. Those who leave the fellowship of the Church are not Christians (1 John 1:29). Sometimes physical disabilities prevent people from making it to church. In those cases, … Continue reading

Bible Study on Marriage & Homosexuality

As the world gets further and further away from God’s design for marriage and human sexuality, the more important it becomes for Christians to know what God has to say about these things. Pornography, pre-marital sex, adultery, divorce, and same-sex marriage … Continue reading

American Idolatry

Though the First Amendment has established what is commonly referred to as the separation of church & state, the state nevertheless promotes its own brand of civic religion—a religion which is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian faith. American civic religion features … Continue reading