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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…

Imagining the Future of the Church – Part 3 of 4

Imagining the Future of the Church – Part 3 of 4 We participate in the synodical church renewal program Imagine. In this sermon series I give you my take on where the church is heading. It seems that the church is increasingly irrelevant in a more and more secular society. However, I think the news about the impending demise of God and God’s church are highly exaggerated. At all times and all over the world people seek the connection with…

Imagining the Future of the Church – Part 2 of 4

Imagining the Future of the Church – Part 2 of 4 We participate in the synodical church renewal program Imagine. In this sermon series I give you my take on where the church is heading. It seems that the church is increasingly irrelevant in a more and more secular society. However, I think the news about the impending demise of God and God’s church are highly exaggerated. At all times and all over the world people seek the connection with…

Imagining the Future of the Church – Part 1 of 4

Imagining the Future of the Church – Part 1 of 4 We participate in the synodical church renewal program Imagine. In this sermon series I give you my take on where the church is heading. It seems that the church is increasingly irrelevant in a more and more secular society. However, I think the news about the impending demise of God and God’s church are highly exaggerated. At all times and all over the world people seek the connection with…

Pentecost – and what it does to the guys with the big sticks.

Pentecost – and what it does to the guys with the big sticks. Jesus is dead and the apostles are in panic mode. They have barricaded the door because they are afraid that talking about God’s love and grace would anger the neighbours. Many neighbours, way back then as well as today like God to be as angry as they are. And because most neighbours don’t like to be told that they’re wrong, and because God will send you to hell…

Christian Love, – what does that even mean?

Christian Love, – what does that even mean? Jesus gave us a new commandment. To love each other. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it. We know what love is, don’t we? The funny thing is that in general evil deeds are never done, because the perps consider themselves to be evil. NO, they think they are usually convinced they are acting out of love. Even Private Schicklgruber, – you might want to google that name, did what he did out of…

Doubt is the eternal twin of faith.

Doubt is the eternal twin of faith. Many People want to have prove for the existence of God, like in a science lab where peer reviewed numbers can quantify what we know about the physical universe. This is not gonna happen. Every theologian and philosopher who set out to prove the existence of God, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the exercise is futile. Faith cannot be proven, faith can only be experienced. Faith is about living it,…

Passion Sunday; Christ’s Death is an Act of Love

Passion Sunday; Christ’s Death is an Act of Love The Palm Sunday sermon is about the passion of Christ, his suffering and his dying, which resulted in his resurrection of Easter. As everything that God does, Jesus death is an act of love. Jesus descends to the dead as the Apostle’s Creed says, not to have a well-deserved day off until the resurrection, but to throw open the Gates of the underworld and to free all people from their graves…

Angry Old Man in the Sky

Angry Old Man in the Sky, – presumably with a white beard. Gone are the good old days when I could scare you with God’s wrath into doing what I say. (big pastor sigh) These were the good old days when God used to get really grumpy when you didn’t give him the right amount of attention, but instead danced around a golden calf. Today it’s all about Grace, which is a free gift; and God’s Love for you, which…

Three Wise Men and a German Joke

The Magi are three wise men from the East who come to pay homage to baby Jesus. They are leader of their communities and maybe even kings. They bring presents to the Christ child, Myrrh, Frankincense and Gold. Those gifts are not just symbols of how the world is ordered, but they are also trade good on which the wealth of nations is built. They are the tools of power. And those tools of power they three kings lay bat…

A Gospel for a persecuted community

A Gospel for a persecuted community Roman Emperor Nero was one of the great lunatics on the imperial throne. Legend has it that he burned down Rome. And while he was watching the flames he sang the “sack of Troy” When rotors about him torching the capital did not subside, he needed someone to take the fall for the fire. The early church in Rome came in handy. The following persecutions claimed the lives of Peter, Paul and many martyrs.…