Sermons

Sermon: The feeling of expectation (Advent 3)

The feeling of expectation always warms our hearts with hope. Read more

Sermon: Do not practice what the Pharisees do, but follow their teachings (Pentecost 21)

In the reading of the New Testament story this morning, we heard that Jesus instructs the people to follow the teachings of the Pharisees, but not to follow their example. Who were the Pharisees? Read more

Sermon: The Golden Calf (Pentecost 18)

Traditionally, the story of the golden calf that we read this morning has been used to teach Jewish and Christians believers that they should not make images of God and that no idols should be worshipped. The evidence for such teaching is supported in the Ten commandments. Creating images and idols had consequences such that we have to be especially concerned, because God is going to punish the children of such command breakers down to their fourth generation.  This is very serious matter. Don’t you think? A similar understanding is put forward by the Encyclopedia Judaica: the golden calf is in essence an unauthorized means of securing divine presence. In addition, in the Encyclopedia Judaica reference is made to the Ten Commandments as well.   Indeed, this is a powerful threat to one's well being and his or her children. Read more

Sermon: Passover (Pentecost 13)

In the Jewish tradition the Passover is celebrated every year at spring time to remember the liberation of the Hebrews from the Land of Egypt.  So that they can recall that they were once oppressed and to thank God for their deliverance. Read more