‘Guter Hirte, schlechter Hirte, kein Hirte’: Predigt zu Markus 6, 30-34, 53-56 – 7. Sonntag nach Trinitatis; 18. Juli 2021 (auf Englisch)

California almost 24 years ago, I was going through a pastoral residency program back in Northern Germany, and I lived in a small rural community called Dötlingen. Now Dötlingen was and still is a picture book kind of village, with an oak tree in the village center that is more than 1,000 years old, half-timbered […]

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Das andere Ufer: Predigt zu Markus 4, 35-41; 3. Sonntag nach Trinitatis – 20. Juni 2021 (auf Englisch)

  Today is the first Sunday after what the State of California calls a ‘full reopening’ after 15 months of restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And though this ‘full reopening’ has a little asterisk attached to it – there are still settings like healthcare facilities, any facility involving children, and mass transit, which will […]

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‘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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