The Rev. Keith Anderson

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA


The Rev. Keith Anderson serves as pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania and is co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse 2012). His book on ministry leadership in the digital age is called The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015).

A popular blogger on religion, new media, and popular Keith's work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, and The New Media Project. He employs a wide range of social media to minister on and offline, and he speaks regularly with local and national church groups, synods, and other organizations on the practice of digital ministry and the impact of digital culture on face-to-face ministry.

He has taught at Andover-Newton Theological School and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He received pastoral training at Harvard University Divinity School and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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God, the Crazy Farmer

Tuesday July 08, 2014
In Jesus' parable of the sower, Pastor Keith Anderson suggests that God is like that reckless, wasteful sower, who spreads love wildly on all sorts of soils. Yet it's the broken soil that best allows the seed of God's word to take root in us.

When Freedom Becomes a Burden

Tuesday July 01, 2014
In his sermon, Pastor Keith Anderson offers fresh insight into one of Jesus' most beloved sayings: 'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'

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ON Scripture: On Guard for Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing (Jeremiah 23:1-6) By Rev. Keith Anderson - UPDATED

Monday November 14, 2016
Much of the focus of the election had been on leadership, temperament, experience, and fitness to lead the country. And already, in the hours and days following the election, political pundits are speculating on what kind of president Trump will be.

ON Scripture: Uber and Amos: Economic Justice in the Gig Economy (Luke 16:1-13) Rev. Keith Anderson

Monday September 12, 2016
The manager in Jesus’ parable from Luke 16 could sympathize with those making their way in today’s economy.

ON Scripture: Parents and Prophets: Fighting for Future Generations (1 Kings 19: 1-15) By Keith Anderson

Monday June 13, 2016
On this Father’s Day, we remember and give thanks for fathers””and all parents, as well as grandparents, guardians, and mentors that fight the good fight for the sake of their children and future generations. We celebrate the work of father-figures like Brian Osei from Project Return in Milwaukee, which teaches a fatherhood curriculum designed to help fathers become more active in their children’s lives.

ON Scripture: Dismantle the Prison of Political Polarization (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 & 2 Corinthians 5:16-21) By Rev. Keith Anderson

Monday February 29, 2016
In his two letters to the church in Corinth, Paul addresses a notoriously contentious community, which frequently divided its people by class, ethnicity, and the perceived value of their spiritual giftedness. They even infamously divided people out at the Eucharist (1 Cor 11). In response, Paul urges those believers to engage in a 'ministry of reconciliation.'

Keith Anderson: Can the World Wide Web Put Humpty Dumpty Denominations Back Together?

Thursday January 07, 2016
In this new digital context, denominations should be fostering unity without conformity, supporting theological identity, nurturing and facilitating networks without absorbing them, training whip smart and innovative leaders, providing inspiration, helping us serve our neighbors at scale, lifting up voices from all corners without insisting on softening their rough and distinctive edges.

ON Scripture: Pope Francis on Climate Change: Hearing the Cries of Earth and the Poor by Keith Anderson (2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

Tuesday June 23, 2015
Last week Pope Francis issued a blockbuster papal encyclical on the environment called 'Praised Be.' It is the Pope’s clarion call to address what he describes as an urgent global environmental crisis. Sweeping in scope, it addresses the many dimensions of environmental degradation and the devastating toll it is taking on people, communities, and nations.

Keith Anderson: Canterbury Cathedral c. 1167: An Excerpt from "The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World"

Tuesday April 28, 2015
In this excerpt from his new book, The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, Keith Anderson explores the meaning of cathedrals in the past, and offers an exciting glimpse of a new kind of cathedral mentality in today's world.