"kingdom of God" Tagged Sermons

The Parable of the Mustard Seed – Mark 4: 26-32

The Parable of the Mustard Seed – Mark 4: 26-32 The mustard seed that Jesus talks about in this parable is small and it became large. But it is also invasive. A noxious weed that is hard to get rid of. It is a plant that was banned by law from the gardens of the ancient Mediterranean world, and it is classified as a noxious weed in many places today. When you plant mustard, it will take over your garden.…

Do not be afraid of ambitious visions!

Do not be afraid of ambitious visions! – Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12 Today’s Isaiah text expresses the vision of a perfect community that resides in the kingdom of God. It is a community that is at peace with each other. Conflicts that govern contemporary life have been resolved. Don’t be discouraged because the envisioned state of being seems unlikely. Ambitious visions take time. Our time on this world is relatively short. God’s exists on an entirely different time scale. But…

Mustard is an invasive shrub that cannot be contained.

Mustard is an invasive shrub that cannot be contained. The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. That is not just something that is very small and grows to something very big; but mustard is an invasive shrub that you cannot get rid of once it is sown. Even in us works the pull of the kingdom. It calls and helps us overcome our recent imperial and colonial past and build a church that is really inclusive and based…

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…

Working Together

Working Together All to often do we hear stories of economic life which are based on unlimited greed and hostile take-overs and laissez-faire capitalism and wars of competition and powerful monopolies, limiting your and my ability to make a living, and concentrating all economic power in the hands of very few. – But this is not how God intends people to live and work together. The word economy comes from ‘oikonomia’, Greek for management of the household. A well managed…

Parables are Calls to Action

Parables are Calls to Action Parables are not so much statements about the kingdom of God, but rather Par.  They need to be translated back into our lives. That means, , just like the ones described in the parables. It is revealed to us in the tiniest things like seeds and yeast. It surprises us by its power of transformation and growth. Everyday activities are full of wonder! Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA…