"compassion" Tagged Sermons

Some Things Never Change – Mark 10: 2-16

Some Things Never Change – Mark 10: 2-16 We are living in times of great changes. But God put us here now for a reason. When major change leads to major confusion, we are here to proclaim God’s everlasting word and truth. God gave us the great commandment to love God and neighbor as ourselves. This was true for our ancestors, it is true for ourselves, and it will be true for our grandchildren as well. Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon,…

Jesus guides us to a life of love and compassion.

Jesus guides us to a life of love and compassion. Today, we will look into the third and last part of the sermon on the plain in the Gospel of Luke. Here, Jesus teaches us some of the most important values and attitudes which define Christian life. As followers of Jesus, we build a deep foundation of love and compassion within ourselves, so that these values become strong enough to guide our everyday actions. Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy…

What’s wrong with Loan Forgiveness?

What’s wrong with Loan Forgiveness? It is so interesting to see what parts of scripture people and communities tend to either highlight or forget in different times of history, Throughout the European middle ages, Christian governments mostly followed the biblical principle not to allow interest taking on loans. In the bible, loans are considered to be an act of charity rather than an act of business.  How do we follow our biblical teachings in a secular world? Rev. Kristin Luana…

Why are people poor?

Why are people poor? We all know plenty of stories of extreme poverty, especially from writers of the 19th century, writers like Victor Hugo and Les Miserables and Charles Dickens and Oliver. We shudder when we look back at those times, when children could receive the death penalty for stealing a loaf of bread, and parents could spent all the years of their lives in debtor’s prison. However, are we doing so much better today? Are our laws and our…

All Saints Day

All Saints Day How can we be happy (joyful, blessed) in the presence of death, persecution, suffering and oppression? The happiness Jesus is talking about is not the happy-go-lucky kind. It is more like the defiance to succumb to death and desperation. We do not deny the tragedies, failures, and losses in our life, but we do not give ourselves over to them to determine our thoughts, feelings, and actions. We defy the forces of death and desperation by declaring…

Where is your North?

Where is your North? Every Sunday, we examine Scripture through the lens of Jesus Christ, who is the true North for us. In listening to and discerning scripture, we recharge our moral compass, so that we can always find North among all the competing voices which try to distract us from our true purpose and our true calling. Many voices vie for our attention: “Success!” “Security!” “Money!” “Fun!” “Power!” All of them claim: “I am North. Follow me!” But no, your…

Following Christ Means Compassion

Following Christ Means Compassion Culture and ideology are powerful forces. Humans tend to harmonize their reading of scripture and their understanding of religion with their culture and religion, even if that means severe intellectual contortion. The only way to follow Christ’s call to love is to base all of our actions on compassion with those who will be affected by the things we do and believe. In the face of the other we will recognize Christ. Jesus calls us to…