Sermons on Money

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,…

Breaking the Curse

Breaking the Curse The ancient story of Cain and Abel shows how God breaks the curse of blood revenge. God protects Cain from revenge killings and holds him accountable for the murder of his brother Abel in a different way. Jesus proclaims the church to be a place of radical forgiveness, not radical revenge. In a story about the forgiveness of financial debt, Jesus connects forgiveness of sins and forgiveness of debt. He shows that mercy and forgiveness need to…

No Work – No Food?

No Work – No Food? Who doesn’t work should not eat is a popular misinterpretation of Paul’s 2nd letter to the Thessalonians to justify the own unwillingness to share the necessities of life with one’s neighbors. However, the bible could not be clearer  proclaiming the contrary. Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” John 3.11 Paul does not devise a social services policy for the city of Thessaloniki, but he…

The Profoundly Irritating Topic Of Money

Many strong opinions that judge, condemn and exclude people are based on things that the bible clearly states. However, the bible profoundly irritates us when it also clearly states that we are not allowed to take interest on loans and that we should give our money away. The excitement that these absolutely clear statements generates is considerably less, than the excitement that drives us when it comes to pointing our fingers at sinners. I wonder why? Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon,…

Where Is Your Heart

Sermon: Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 7/31/2016 Order your priorities by putting God first. Martin Luther defines God as that in which we put our ultimate trust. He says, where you put your trust and faith defines who or what you believe in. Is it God or is it an idol? Where is your heart? And where do you want it to be?