Articles by Rev. Thorin Anderson
An Open Letter to American Christians
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   03.11.23
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I realize that there are many definitions of what a Christian is, but I am writing to those of you who have, like me, trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and have been born again. We live in perilous times, and for the first time in hundreds of years on this continent, we face serious opposition and potential persecution. 
The Left’s Minefield for America’s Youth
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   03.04.23
With the vast number of books, movies, and songs written commiserating the consequences of bad choices (which would include most every Country and Western song written), one would think that young Americans would not need to be told to think carefully about their choices in life.  A popular British band sang, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” not that long ago, but America’s youth apparently never got the memo! 
Men Without Chests
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   02.25.23
It is simple: good people don't commit murder. Murderers do!  Multiple mass shootings over the last few years, and especially recently, have caused a great sense of frustration among citizens, yet the only message coming from some politicians is about reducing the number of guns in society. They never address the fundamental issue which is that guns in the hands of good people never cause a problem, and in fact often save lives. Yet law abiding citizens are always the target of Leftists’ gun control laws. 
God and Christians at the Crossroads
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   02.11.23
The high incarceration rate in America has raised many questions over the years and is one reason used by the Left for demanding radical changes to or even a dismantling of the Nation. They sometimes try to blame America’s Judeo/Christian...
So, You Want a Divorce?
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   01.31.23
So, you want a divorce? You might just want to think that through a little bit first. Because of the importance of marriage to the individuals involved as well as society, someone has said, “We should make it hard to get married and harder to divorce.” Attitudes of most Americans and even Christians regarding marriage and family have changed radically over the last fifty years, but the consequences have been significant and detrimental. Because the family is the most important foundation stone of a stable and prosperous culture and nation, when the majority of the citizens take marriage lightly the very future of the nation is in doubt, to say nothing of the well-being of its children.
Loving Children, God’s Little Ones
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   01.25.23
I have always loved children. Their innocence and utter vulnerability make it impossible for anyone with a heart not to be drawn to them, to love them, and want to protect them. I am confident in declaring that there is not a greater human evil than that of destroying the life of a child! Jesus Christ agreed when He said that it would be better that a person have a millstone hung around their neck and they be cast into the sea than to cause offense (injury) to a child!
LEFTISM: A Study in Hate
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   01.17.23
Many people throw the word “hate” around frequently and carelessly. One must wonder if they know what it means.  Examine a dictionary and you will discover it associated with words like intense dislike, detest, and loath. In the Bible the word is sometimes used to refer to the results of foolish actions, such as stating that a parent who fails to discipline a child hates him, because an undisciplined child is at great risk. A spoiled child, who does not get something he wants from a parent, such as a toy, may complain that the parent “hates” him! Much like Leftists who claim that those who resist their immorality “hate” them! Like anarchists they demand the freedom to do whatever they wish.
Winter’s Bitter Bite
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   01.07.23
I am hearing that December was Chicago’s coldest month in about forty years. It was bitter! But it is not just this winter I feel is cold, it is winter in general. Having spent several years in Alaska as a boy, cold did not affect me much until recently, as my age caught up with me. Lately, I have been looking at winter a little differently, and realized that it is like an annual message from God.
The Left’s Assault on Free Speech
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   12.31.22
Who would ever have imagined that free speech would be at risk in America, and that by, among others, members of the Media? Have journalists forgotten that it has been practitioners of their art who have so often been the...
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   12.24.22
Next to Jesus Christ and “love,” Christmas is probably the most popular theme for music.  For most Americans, Christmas has been, as the song says, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”  But why is this so?
Paradise Lost and the Message of Christmas
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   12.17.22
We all hunger for paradise. We had it once and it was good!  In fact, based upon the words of the best Judge of such things it was “very good!” (Genesis 1:31). And, considering who He is, that might be an understatement! I can imagine, (and I would have to imagine it for the Scriptures are silent about such things), Adam and Eve enjoying a brilliant and beautiful sunset sipping on a newly discovered beverage we now call coffee or wading into a crystal-clear stream of perfectly tempered water having no fear of drowning. No mosquitoes, no flies, no sunburn to worry about.
A Call to Gratitude
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   11.24.22
Most of us know enough colonial history to remember the “First Thanksgiving,” dated November 24, 1621.  Whether that was actually the first thanksgiving feast on American soil is uncertain, but the date is not as relevant as the fact that those early Pilgrims understood the need, in spite of a horrendous first year, to render thanks to God. Half of the Mayflower immigrants had died the winter following their arrival, and the remaining survived only by God’s grace and His provision of Native Americans like Squanto and the kind Wampanoag people who helped them immeasurably.
Now What? Thoughts On The 2022 Midterm Elections
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   11.16.22
If you are like me, there are three primary thoughts running through your mind following this election: “What happened to the red wave?”  “How can so many people be so fooled by the party of death?” and “What is God doing?”
The Hidden Hazards of an “Anything Goes” Culture
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   10.17.22
Can you imagine what would go through the mind of a child upon being told by his parents that he would be unsupervised all day?  He could do whatever he wanted!  It would be heaven, but no loving parent would ever allow such a thing.  The risk to the child would simple be too great.  “Anything goes” is a bad idea for any age.  But that is where our culture is being driven by the Left.
People Pleasing Preachers
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   10.08.22
The Scriptures are blunt in their warning that in the “Last Days” perilous times will come and one characteristic of those days will be weak and heretical preaching.  Paul wrote that people will not be willing to listen to the Truth, so they will gather to themselves teachers who will “tickle their ears.”  It appears that there is nothing more offensive to Americans today than to tell someone they are wrong, and that is precisely the kind of thing biblical preaching does!  “Respectable preaching,” on the other hand, makes people feel good about themselves.
Rev. Thorin Anderson
Rev. Thorin Anderson
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Rev. Thorin Anderson is a member of the Advisory Council to Illinois Family Institute and the former pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago. Pastor Anderson has faithfully pastored at Parkwood Baptist Church since September, 2000 until 2022. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Central Seminary. He and his wife Toni have seven children and 19 grandchildren.

Pastor Anderson also serves on the board of directors for Men for Christ, an association that organizes annual weekend men’s rallies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois on a rotating basis. For more information on these events, please visit

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