Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

On Faith, welfare and gratitude

October 13, 2019 On Faith, welfare and gratitude Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19           Jesus in John’s Gospel says about his Disciples that they “do not belong to the world” but he then also says: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world.” In the world but not of this world. What does it mean?…

World Communion Sunday

October 6, 2019 World Communion Sunday 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10             “Increase our faith!”, the Disciples said. The Lord replied: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed….” We immediately think: Big faith is better than small faith! More is better than less! Who would not like to be able to tell a…

Together

September 29, 2019    Together Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31 The lectionary readings don’t give us any breaks do they? Once again, we are confronted with Luke’s favorite topics: wealth and poverty. And I would not blame you to suppress a quite sigh, and think to yourself: “Here we go again.” This was exactly what I thought when I…

What does it mean?

September 22, 2019    What does it mean? Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13             I am someone who grew up in the Protestant tradition and I believe that the Reformation was necessary as it rediscovered a few fundamental theological truths: People are set right with God through faith…

Outrunning others?

September 15, 2019,  Exodus 32:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 Outrunning others?             A friend of mine, when he defended his doctoral dissertation started by sharing an old joke: “Two lawyers are camping out on the savanna on their first trip to Africa. One lawyer wakes up in the tent to see his…

Charge to my account!

September 8, 2019.  Deuteronomy 30:15-20,  Philemon 1:1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Charge to my account!             In some cultures, even more than ours, it is an honor to pay the check at a restaurant. As a matter of fact, people are so determined to pay, waiters don’t always know how to deal with this. This is how…

On being humble

September 1, 2019           Proverbs 25:6-7, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 On being humble.           “Oh Lord it is hard to be humble, when you are perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror cause I get better looking each day. To know me is to love me….”…

Push or Pull

August 25, 2019.         Push or Pull Isaiah 58:9-14, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17             What comes first? The chicken or the egg? I was astounded that people are really discussing this question online. Here is one surprising answer to the question: “Evolution works in such…

Worried and Distracted

July 21, 2019  Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-18 and Luke 10:38-42 Worried and Distracted             What do you do when you realize that you don’t have your mart phone with you? If you are like most other people then you probably did all or some of the following: 1. You freak out and start frantically searching…

Orthodoxy vs Orthopraxy

July 14, 2019. Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37 Orthodoxy vs Orthopraxy             One was a nomikos, an expert of the Hebrew law, a lawyer. Not a lawyer in our sense of the word. His job was to study the Torah, think about deep, complicated, theological, ideological and philosophical theories: What is the purpose of…