Sermons on Luke

Transfiguration and Gethsemane – Luke 9:28-36 and 22:39-46

Transfiguration and Gethsemane – Luke 9:28-36 and 22:39-46 Jesus’ prayer on the mountain and Jesus’ prayer in the garden show me the two natures of his being: Jesus’ Godly nature sparkles and shines in joyous insight when Jesus converses with the prophets; and Jesus’ human nature glows in honesty and courage as Jesus prepares for the time of suffering. Joy and suffering are both part of our lives. As we prepare to face the challenges life presents to us, we…

Love your Enemies – Luke 6:27-38

Love your Enemies – Luke 6:27-38 When you are on one side of a conflict, it is difficult to question the side you are on. Your side, is where you have meaningful relationships. The other side is rather abstract. Normally you don’t know the people on the other side. You know some facts and rumors about them. Sometimes you try to figure out what drives them, but most of the time you don’t even bother to find out their motivations.…

We have seen strange things today – Luke 5:17-26

We have seen strange things today – Luke 5:17-26 Sometimes strange things happen, and we need to do the work of discerning: Is this strange thing a message from God or rather from the devil? Or just some random coincidence? The people in the house with the hole in the roof, through which the sick man was brought to Jesus, they knew in the moment of healing and forgiving that this was a Godly thing occurring. Not because it gave…

Fishing for People – Luke 5:1-11

Fishing for People – Luke 5:1-11 Let’s look at Peter in the Gospel story. The divine touches down in his boat and makes him throw out his fishing nets. And under Jesus’ guidance, the bounty of the lake is bestowed upon them. God’s plan for God’s people is that they have life in abundance. It is God’s will that they do not suffer hunger and want. But as soon as God shows them love, Peter falls on his knees and…

We don’t talk about Bruno – Luke 4:21-30

We don’t talk about Bruno – Luke 4:21-30 What is it about prophets, that people don’t wan’t to listen to them? In the Disney Movie Encanto, Bruno, the uncle with prophetic gifts, needs to hide away behind the walls of the house of his family. Everybody is afraid of his prophecies. Nobody wants to listen to him. In the Gospel text, the people of Jesus’ hometown turn against him after he discloses his prophetic calling. They even threaten to kill…

Good News To The Poor: You Will Have it Real Nice In The Afterlife!

Good News To The Poor: You Will Have it Real Nice In The Afterlife! “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” These are the words, cited from the book of Isaiah, with which Jesus starts his…

God’s Love – Agape! – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Agape is God’s never-ending love for all humans. Go out and share this love with your neighbors! God’s love is a love that is so deep and so freely given that it defies human understanding. There is no human equivalent to agape, divine love. Divine love is such a challenging concept that it even requires its own word; Agape. A love that is not human, not transactional, not marred by contradictions. But it is that love that helps us through…

This year skip New Years Resolutions. All they do is give you a bad conscience.

This year skip New Years Resolutions. All they do is give you a bad conscience. A happy new year to all of you. I hope and pray that all your wishes and hopes for the new year will come true to some degree. Even better if God sends new goals, hopes, and dreams that you might find meaningful. The New Year is usually the time when you make new year’s resolutions. Lose weight, go to the gym, read more, watch…

Christ Is Born

On Christmas Eve Jesus Christ is born in the hearts of the human race. Rev. Kristin-Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.  

God is Ridiculous

Sunday Sermon Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA. Check out our video ministry 1517 Grace Guerrilla https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv2aB-i9zHPqgh3NjUJ5-lg

Continue the Mission – Luke 24:44-53

Continue the Mission – Luke 24:44-53 Repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47) In Jesus’ name, repentance and forgiveness are to be proclaimed to all nations. All nations mean everybody. Not just Jews. Start in Jerusalem, but then continue with everybody who is left. Proclaiming God’s grace to everybody created the church. Jesus gave us a gift. He reconciled us with God. And he gave us a…

The Theology of the Cross

The Theology of the Cross – Luke 23:33-43 Power Hidden in Weakness In my last two sermons, I examined Martin Luther’s take on government responsibility for the wellbeing of all citizens, the institution of the ‘Common Chest’. I also spoke about Luther’s discernment of what constitutes a ‘just war’, namely only the defense of our neighbor. This Sunday, I will conclude this mini series with a closer look on Luther’s Theology of the Cross. Luther believes that human nature tends…