Sermons from February 2020

Ash Wednesday

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return!” Rev. Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA. Check out our video ministry 1517 Grace Guerrilla

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 IRead More »

This is the Law! (The Rest is Culture.)

This is the Law! (The Rest is Culture.) – 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and Matthew 5:21-37 Judaism, Christianity and Islam believe in the same God. – In the God of Abraham, hence Judaism, Christianity and Islam are called the Abrahamic faiths. Judaism is not only a religion, but the Jews are also a people. Christianity is closely related to the religious traditions of Judaism, but obviously, Christians are not a people. On the contrary, Christianity speaks to all ethnicities and, atRead More »

Happy are those who follow Jesus!

Happy are those who follow Jesus! – Matthew, chapters 5-7 What we call Sermon on the Mount is a summary or collection of important teachings by Jesus. This preaching/teaching is the first act in Jesus public ministry according to Matthew. That Matthew places Jesus high up on a mountain when Jesus says “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish, but to fulfill’, that is significant. It groundsRead More »

Wolf Larson’s Floating Hell

Wolf Larson’s Floating Hell – Matthew 5:1-12 The beatitudes we read in the gospel today are probably the most memorable words in the New Testament. They are powerful because they defy reality. They bestow God’s blessings on individuals who are by common human perception definitively not among those who are blessed. But God and humans see things differently and that is why God could never create a hell that is so devastating than the hell that humans create for themselves.Read More »

Turning Around to Follow Jesus

Turning Around to Follow Jesus – Matthew 4:12-23 Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. John proclaimed these exact words when he began his baptismal ministry at the river Jordan (Matthew 3:2). And now, that John has been arrested, Jesus starts proclaiming these same words (4:17). The moment when Jesus’ ministry begins is when John’s ministry ends. Jesus proclaims the kingdom of God as soon as he hears that John cannot preach and prophesy anymore because he hasRead More »

Lamb of God

Lamb of God – John 1:29-42 John introduces Jesus to us as the Lamb of God. This image is well known to most of us. We refer to it in many liturgical moments during Sunday service. But what does it actually mean? Join Pastor Olaf in a journey back to the moment when Moses liberates the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt in the Book of Exodus. This is the origin of the symbol of the Lamb of God.Read More »