"justice" Tagged Sermons

Justice for Poor Widows 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Mark 12: 38-44

Psalm 146 calls for justice for the poor in the form of a song of praise. How does that go together? Beth L. Tanner, Professor of Old Testament in New Brunswick, New Jersey, offers the following insight in her commentary on Working Preacher: Here is the first lesson of this psalm. Praise of God is sometimes an act of discipline. Under the circumstances of war and destruction, praise is not the result of external happiness, but stubborn belief in the face of…

The Rich Man – Mark 10:17-31

The Rich Man – Mark 10:17-31 Seek good and not evil that you may live. (Amos 5:14) In the month of October, we are uplifting some of our reformation teachings, leading up to Reformation Sunday on Oct. 31. This story from the gospel of Mark tells us about a rich man who wants to do everything right in the eyes of God, but feels that he cannot do what Jesus asks him to. As you read this text, ponder the…

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…

Love your Enemy – an Old, New Way of Life

Love your Enemy – an Old, New Way of Life America has an anger problem. – The tone of our political discourse; the disproportional amount of gun violence in this country, and the surge in reports of sexual violence witness to that. We, as disciples of Jesus, need to make sure, that we do not fall into the anger trap as well. Instead, we shall work on following Jesus, when he says: Love your enemy, become merciful, even as your…

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…

Easter: My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout!

Easter: My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout! Yes, the Romans were able to kill Jesus. But they could not stop him. Jesus resurrected. Jesus came back to life. Hatred and cruelty and violence can destroy many people. But they cannot destroy the principles of hope, faith, love and justice for which Jesus stands. These principles reside in every single one of us, as we are made in the image of God. God has planted these seeds in us,…

Could the World be About to Turn?

Could the World be About to Turn? Nothing is impossible with God. Mary changed the world, because she trusted God’s promise for justice, and she persistently followed the call God entrusted her with. Don’t say; ‘I am to small, to insignificant, to broken, I cannot do anything of importance’. That is not true; you are not; Mary, an unmarried teen, was worthy of being the mother of our Lord and Savior. You are worthy of your calling just as she…

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…

Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies ‘If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn your other also’ – These words do not mean you shall give in to bullies. Jesus is asking you to courageously stand up to your non-violent values of love and peace and justice, even in the face of violence. Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 2/19/2017 www.go2trinity.org

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve On Christmas Eve, Santa, the Saint of Stuff turns out to be a tricky saint for the poor and those who live on the business end of our economy. If you can’t pay for presents Santa won’t come. In contrast Jesus Christ comes to all people; in the night of Christmas and in every night humans decide to open the inn of their hearts and let him in. Rev. Olaf Baumann, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA,…

Serve All People Following The Example Of Jesus

We promise to serve all people, following the example of Jesus We are liberated by God’s grace from the fear that God might reject us. Lutherans respond to this experience of love by doing good works. We serve those in need, not to gain favour with God, but because those in need need our help. That necessarily shines a light on those aspects of our communities that are less perfect than others. This light of truth makes our community engagement a…

Hear The Word Of God And Share In The Lord’s Supper

We promise to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper We are gathered by the Holy Spirit to encounter God’s grace in Jesus Christ. We experience this grace through word and sacrament. We ask you to worship and participate in Holy Communion every Sunday. Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon series Discipleship Goals, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 10/23/2016. The Sermon Series: Discipleship Goals We often get asked: What exactly does it mean to be a Lutheran Christian…
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