Sermons by Rev. Immanuel van Tonder

Sermons by Rev. Immanuel van Tonder

Lord’s Prayer 3: Thy Kingdom Come

SERMON: Thy Kingdom come One of the highlights of visiting New York for me is a special place in Central Park West, the John Lennon Strawberry Fields memorial, with a beautiful mosaic with the word “Imagine”(seen on the front page of the bulletin).  It is only a few hundred yards from the spot where the former Beatles member was shot dead on December 8, 1980. …

Lord’s Prayer 2: Hallowed be Thy Name

SERMON: Hallowed be they Name         When you hear the word “hallowed”, what comes to mind?  What kind of emotions surface when you hear the word “hallowed”?  We don’t use the word “hallowed” frequently in everyday speech, except when we pray the Lord’s Prayer. Many people do not have an idea of what “hallowed” means. It is no wonder that many I read of many…

Safety and Security in the Rock of Ages Ps 71

“The Scream” is the popular name given to a work of art created by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893. On May 2nd, 2012, the painting was sold in 12 minutes for $120 mil.  The story behind the painting was that Munch and two friends (seen in the background) went for a walk. Suddenly, there were two piercing sounds that rang out from both sides of the road. They…

Awake with Watchfulness

Luke 12:32-40 Before the pandemic started only 5% of people worked from home. At the height of the pandemic up to 60% were working from home. After several false starts, office workers are slowly returning to their desks.  Many companies like JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Meta, Tesla, Wells Fargo, and Microsoft urged workers to go back to the office.  Other companies…

Invisible Boundaries of Exclusion

SERMON: Invisible Boundaries of Exclusion Acts 11:1-18! In the movie Chocolat (2000), we meet the strict town mayor Comte (komt) de Reynaud (Rynou), who expelled all the protestant Huguenots from his village. He controls everything in the small French town, even writing the young priest’s sermons. He was meticulous…