"Jesus" Tagged Sermons

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…

Jesus the Good Shepherd, John 12:20-33

Sermon on John 12:20-33 – Jesus the Good Shepherd – 4-25-2021 Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA. Check out our video ministry 1517 Grace Guerrilla https://www.youtube.com/c/1517GraceGuerrilla

Nicodemus

Nicodemus – John 3:1-21 I have often discovered in myself and others the tendency to view fallible biblical figures like Nicodemus, or Peter or Judas, as foils against which we contrast ourselves to our advantage! “Nicodemus walked away from Jesus, I would have asked to be baptized then and there! Peter denied Jesus, I would have courageously stood up for my Lord! Judas betrayed Jesus, never ever would I be tempted by my own disappointed hopes, or money, or fame…

Who are we?

Who are we? – Matthew 4:1-11 One of the major questions that Jesus asks his disciples is; who do you think that I am? We ask ourselves the same question. Who are we? Who do we want to be? How do we define who we are? This is a quest to discover the core of our humanity. When we can name it, we can access it, and we can embody it. Who you think you are, has consequences in how…

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? – Matthew 16:13-17:13 Many things have happened between Jesus’ baptism by John, the Baptist and the scene we read about today; Jesus’ transfiguration. Transfiguration means a change in appearance, which is prone to be exalting, glorifying, or spiritual. In the church year, the Feast Day of Jesus’ Transfiguration stands at the end of the Season of Epiphany, Jesus’ baptism at the beginning. Both events feature God’s voice, proclaiming; This is my Son, the Beloved, with him I…

Images of God

Images of God – Matthew 3:13-17 Today’s gospel reading, the Baptism of our Lord, leaves us with the image of our Trinitarian God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit united as one. The Holy Trinity is also depicted in the icon by Andrei Rublev above. The baptismal scene is an epiphany, a sudden realization, of the Trinity, Three-in-One: Jesus emerging from the waters of baptism, the spirit of God descending like a dove, and God’s voice speaking from heaven. There…

The Sin of Purity – Luke 7:36-50

The Sin of Purity – Luke 7:36-50 In many gospel stories, especially in the gospel of Luke, it is unexpectedly the so-called sinners who open their hearts to Jesus’ message of love and liberation, and believe. Those who assume themselves to be ‘righteous’, they don’t really think that Jesus’ message even applies to them. They don’t understand the appeal. Why is it that 1000s of people gather to see Jesus, to hear him speak, to touch his clothes? As far…

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…

The Elusive Quest for Certainty – Luke 9:28-43

The Elusive Quest for Certainty – Luke 9:28-43 An enormous event happens on the mountaintop. Jesus’ transfiguration is a divine lightshow and at the climax the prophets of old step into reality followed by the voice of God himself. Hollywood special effects designers who hear this story would salivate like a dog that smells fresh sausages. And Peter wants to freeze the event in time, to build dwelling places and to catch the divine like lightning in a bottle. If…

Heaven and Stuff – John 18:33-37

Heaven and Stuff – John 18:33-37 The church year ends and Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world. It’s all about heaven and stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with the here and now. So I will fill my sermon with enjoyable Jesus Bla Bla that will be entirely inoffensive, easy to hear, uplifting, unpolitical, and entertaining. In short, wellness for the soul. And then we’ll play our fabulous pipe organ, – followed by prayers, communion and coffee. Or…

The Kingdom Belongs to the Children

The Kingdom Belongs to the Children Today, we are talking about Jesus and the Storm. Usually, when we think of Gods and thunderstorms, we associate a God who uses God’s power for destruction. Just think of Zeus, who is usually depicted with a lightning bolt in his hand, because Zeus might at any moment decide to lash out against humanity and punish us earthlings with a strike of lightning and thunder. All the more notable is it that Jesus uses…

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…