‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – But Can It Be Rebuilt?’ Sermon Mark 3: 20-35; 2nd Sunday after Pentecost – June 6th, 2021

  Jesus is coming home. And his family is not happy. In today’s gospel story, it becomes very clear that Jesus and his family – mother, brothers, and sisters – don’t agree on his new way of life as the Son of God. He’s an embarrassment to them, tainting the family’s good name and reputation […]

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“Alles Gute kommt von oben” (All That Is Good Comes from Above): Sermon Luke 24: 44-53; Ascension Sunday – May 16th, 2021

    The Germans have the following proverb: ‘Alles Gute kommt von oben’, which translates to, ‘all that is good comes from above’. And this proverb comes straight from the Bible, from the letter of James, the first chapter, to be exact; and this passage refers to the good gifts God, who supposedly is enthroned […]

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‘Movement versus Institution’: Sermon Mark 9:2-13 – Transfiguration Sunday; February 14th, 2021

    Today’s gospel lesson is quite spectacular: Peter, James, and John witness how Jesus, their rabbi, son of a simple carpenter in the remote outpost of Nazareth, is transfigured, transformed before their eyes on the mountaintop.  His face shines like the sun, his clothes, soiled from the long travel on the road, become dazzling […]

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Out of the Water, Into the World: Sermon Mark 1: 4-11; 1st Sunday after the Epiphany / Baptism of Our Lord – January 10th, 2021

  The Jordan River is not one of the mighty rivers of this world. Compared to other rivers, it is tiny: it’s merely 156 miles long and 60 feet across at its widest. It’s fairly shallow: its deepest point is about 17 feet. It’s never been navigable. It is formed by tributaries in the mountains […]

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