Sermons by Rev. Olaf Baumann (Page 10)

Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles.

9/11 – 15 Years Later

15 years after the worst terrorist attack on the USA the question remains: Who is God? Is God a God of Love, or is God the God of the 9/11 highjacks, a vengeful deity who commissions angels of doom to execute his wrath? Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon on the commemoration of 9/11, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA – 9/11/2016.

Honour Has No Place in God’s Kingdom

The Domestic Sphere A dinner in the Greco Roman world is not a private affair. Privacy is a modern concept that does not exist in the world evangelist Luke writes for. The domestic sphere inside an ancient Roman house reflects and reenforces the social hierarchies of Greco Roman society. The ancient Roman world  values and judges all people according to a strict honour/shame classification that is based on pedigree. In this worldview a few people matter and most people don’t. Jesus goes to…

The Profoundly Irritating Topic Of Money

Many strong opinions that judge, condemn and exclude people are based on things that the bible clearly states. However, the bible profoundly irritates us when it also clearly states that we are not allowed to take interest on loans and that we should give our money away. The excitement that these absolutely clear statements generates is considerably less, than the excitement that drives us when it comes to pointing our fingers at sinners. I wonder why? Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon,…

Spiritual Practice of The Lord’s Prayer

Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 7/24/2016 The spiritual practice of saying the Lord’s Prayer The Lord’s Prayer is the central prayer of Christianity that was part of worship since the very first day. The words are so familiar that sometimes they are recited so automatically that their meaning passes by heart and soul. They become little more than sounds in sequence. On the other hand reciting those familiar words  can be a tool to ope…