Archive of President Anderson’s Chapel Talks

February 15, 2010
Reflecting on a reading from the book of Romans, President Anderson examines Paul’s ideas on “pay for performance.”
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September 14, 2009
President Anderson posits that autumn is not a “mellow season…tinged with melancholy” at St. Olaf; it is our “time of beginnings.”
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April 30, 2009
Taking a lesson from Matthew’s Gospel, President Anderson reminds us “that our worries need to be seen in the long expanse of time and understood in terms of God’s eternal plan for the world.”
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January 8, 2009
With the “bleak midwinter” upon us, President Anderson takes a lesson from Luke 10:38-42 and reminds us to use this interim term to reflect, as Mary did, on what is truly important.
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September 8, 2008
In his first Chapel Talk of the academic year, President Anderson shares a lesson from a novel he recently read and encourages the campus community to let go of hate and instead “love, love, love” and “learn, learn, learn.”
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February 26, 2008
President Anderson reflects on the quest for self-knowledge and the attempt to fashion our own happiness within the context of Ecclesiastes 3:10-15
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January 7, 2008
President Anderson compares the thought processes analyzed in the book How Doctors Think with the concepts of Christian humility and sober judgement called for in Romans 12:3-8.
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September 11, 2007
President Anderson reflects on the relevance of Paul’s letters to the Romans to the events of September 11.
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February 26, 2007
President Anderson reflects upon what it means to be a “cheerful giver.”
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January 8, 2007
President Anderson revisits the prayers and New Year’s resolutions of his favorite writer, Samuel Johnson, and in doing so presents an answer to the question: “What is an authentic religious life?”
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November 6, 2006
Founder’s Day Chapel Service/Dedication of the Wind Turbine
President Anderson draws connections between St. Olaf’s rich tradition, the wind that helps sustain the campus, and the Breath of God that carries the college forward.
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September 19, 2006
President Anderson examines Ephesians 4 as it relates to St. Olaf College’s sense of community.
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