Sermon Mark 6:14-29; 8th Pentecost – July 15, 2018

  An Inconvenient Truth In the gospel stories we heard over the course of the last weeks, Jesus more often than not challenges and even upsets those around him. A Greek word that is used repeatedly in those stories is ‘skandalon’, from which our word ‘scandalous’ derives. Jesus causes quite a few ‘skandalons’, quite a […]

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Sermon John 15:9-17; 6th Easter – May 6th, 2018

  It is one of the most beautiful words in the world: amour, lyubov, amor, rakkaus, ahaba, Liebe, love. Every culture in this world knows this special affection we have, this thing we often cannot explain, this emotion that defies all reason, this deep bond we have to people, which causes us to sacrifice of […]

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Sermon John 15:1-8; 5th Easter – April 29th, 2018

        Who here likes wine? White or red or both? Or maybe grape juice? We are spoiled here in California, and especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the finest wines, not only in the country, but in the world, are grown here. Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley may be […]

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Sermon Luke 24:13-31; 3rd Easter- April 15th, 2018

      Maybe you have heard about it in the media: there are not only professional dog walkers out there, but also people walkers. I’m not kidding. It started 2 years ago with a man named Chuck McCarthy down in the LA area. Chuck is one of the many aspiring actors who is more […]

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Sermon 2nd Easter; April 8th, 2018 – John 20:19-31

    One saying we have in the English language is, ‘Don’t hold your breath!’ And what this basically means is, ‘Don’t get too excited about something – it might not happen, or not be as exciting as you think’.   Have you ever been in a situation where there was so much excitement, so […]

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