‘Ein Haus, das mit sich selbst uneins ist, kann nicht bestehen – aber kann es wiederaufgebaut werden?’ Predigt zu Markus 3, 20-35; 1. Sonntag nach Trinitatis – 6. Juni 2021 (auf Englisch)

  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”: Predigt zu Lukas 24, 44-53; Christi Himmelfahrt – 16. Mai 2021 (auf Englisch)

    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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‘Herdenimmunität’: Predigt zu Johannes 10, 11-18; 4. Sonntag der Osterzeit – 25. April 2021 (auf Englisch)

Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! This past February, a curious story from Down Under made the news: a sheep was found in a forest in Australia that hadn’t been shorn in years. Wild sheep don’t grow such enormous fleeces of wool – and, like many other animals, wild sheep shed their […]

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‘Let’s Get Physical’: Predigt zu Lukas 24, 36b-48; 3. Sonntag der Osterzeit – 18. April 2021 (auf Englisch)

    Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! I recently had a very stimulating exchange with a young man who had visited St. Matthew’s on occasion – before the Corona lockdown – and who became a faithful follower of our online worship services. His initial question was, when did the idea of […]

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‘Und immer wieder ein neuer Anfang’: Predigt zu Johannes 12, 20-33; 5. Sonntag der Passionszeit – 21. März 2021 (auf Englisch).

  On this day, March 21st, in the year 1685 –Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach. He was the 8th and youngest child of Johann Ambrosius and Elisabeth Bach. Two days later, he was baptized, and consequently raised as a Lutheran. Johann Sebastian wasn’t the first musician in his family. This tradition went back […]

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‘Nicht zu richten, sondern zu heilen’: Predigt zu Johannes 3, 14-21; 4. Sonntag der Passionszeit – 14. März 2021 (auf Englisch)

Our planet earth looks blue and beautiful from outer space. It’s the world we know. It’s our living space.  And, by the way, it’s the only one we have. Mars is too dry, as we are seeing again – too lifeless. The world we know is populated by billions of people of different colors, sizes, […]

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‘Die dunkle Nacht der Seele’: Predigt zu Markus 1, 9-15; 1. Sonntag der Passionszeit – 21. Februar 2021 (auf Englisch)

  As I was getting my annual physical a couple of weeks ago, the intake nurse asked me, among other things, ‘Have you felt down or depressed over the course of the last year?’ I must have given her an incredulous look, because she gave me a little, understanding smile. I said, ‘Who hasn’t?’ The […]

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Institution oder Bewegung? Predigt zu Markus 9, 2-13 – Verklärung unseres Herrn; 14. Februar 2021 (auf Englisch)

    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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Nehmen und Geben: Predigt zu Markus 1, 29-39 – 5. Sonntag nach Epiphanias; 7. Februar 2021 (auf Englisch)

  You may have heard that there was a controversy about the choice of Time Magazine’s ‘Person / Persons of the Year’ 2020. Time Magazine chose to put then President elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris on the cover and declare them ‘Persons of the Year’. Which is not an unusual choice: Donald […]

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Blinde Flecken: Predigt zu 1. Samuel 3, 1-10 und Johannes 1, 35-42; 2. Sonntag nach Epiphanias – 17. Januar 2021 (auf Englisch)

  The Bible is full of interesting and multi-layered characters. The vast majority of them are not perfect – they are all human, after all, so why would they be? And wouldn’t perfection be boring? At least when it comes to storytelling? I am grabbed by one of the characters of our lesson from the […]

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Raus aus dem Wasser, rein in die Welt: Predigt zu Markus 1, 4-11; 1. Sonntag nach Epiphanias / Taufe unseres Herrn – 10. Januar 2021 (auf Englisch)

  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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