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Sermons by Jacob Theunisz, BSc, BTh, usually preached in St. Anna and St. Mary’s Haarlem.

Majestic but not to extremes

A picture says more than a thousand words. It is much quicker to communicate than spoken or printed text, and for a large group of people who are visually oriented, it is easier to remember. That’s why today’s shops and media are full of images, photographs, logo’s, posters and videos. In the time of Jesus all [...]

By |2015-06-18T18:32:44+02:00June 18th, 2015|Sermons|0 Comments

Giving up negative thoughts

Social psychologist Alison Ledgerwood is interested in how people think and how they can think better. One day she asked herself the question, how is it that when I return home from a day’s work, my mood is largely determined by what went wrong during that day, and not by its successes? She found that once our [...]

By |2015-03-22T23:42:15+02:00March 22nd, 2015|Sermons|0 Comments

A sword through your soul

The gospel reading for today is probably very familiar to us. Also, it was part of the reading on the first of February when we celebrated Candlemas. So it is a legitimate question why we are presented with the same text today. Well, this time the emphasis is not so much on the start of [...]

By |2015-11-07T16:03:25+02:00March 18th, 2015|Sermons|0 Comments

Three spirits that lived on

The spirits of Elijah and Christ. Last Sunday Fr. Jake spoke about Wisdom and the Word. Today we add the role of the Spirit. Like Wisdom and the Word, the Spirit played a role in creation. Not only that, but this is also the holy and life-giving spirit, which, according to our first Eucharistic prayer, [...]

By |2015-03-18T16:31:30+02:00February 15th, 2015|Sermons|0 Comments

When a woman says “no”

When a woman says “no”, she means “no”. That is the message of the Serious Request campaign that is holding Haarlem in its grip for 6 days. It is trying to do something about sexual violence against women in conflict areas.  This morning [21st December 2014] at 11:00, the St. Bavo church in the city [...]

By |2015-01-15T22:20:38+02:00December 21st, 2014|Sermons|0 Comments

Christ our King

The feast of Christ the King is not as big as Easter or Christmas, and was only instituted in 1925. It is, however, still considered of great importance, as a kind of grand finale of the liturgical year. The church in Wales and some Lutheran churches celebrate the 4 Sundays preceding Advent as the season [...]

By |2014-11-26T12:53:49+02:00November 24th, 2014|Sermons|0 Comments

Faith and trust versus fear and hatred

You may sometimes receive a question you wish to answer but are not sure about. Your answer would then start with “I believe” or “I guess” or “I suppose” or “I think”. When I would give such answers as a teenager, those around me would often say “believing is something we do in church”, meaning that if you are [...]

By |2014-08-17T12:40:48+02:00August 17th, 2014|Sermons|0 Comments

Mercy for crowds

How do you feel when you end up in a crowd? Are you comfortable with all the opportunities to meet new people and excited about all the unexpected things that happen when you put a large group of people together? Or do you feel rather intimidated by all the colours, smells, noises, opinions, demands and [...]

By |2014-09-28T22:47:31+02:00August 17th, 2014|Sermons|0 Comments