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

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

Lamb of God or Messiah

The Lamb of God is a title of Christ we use several times in each Sunday liturgy. But to the general public, it is definitely more obscure than the titles of “Saviour” or “Messiah”. Even in the days of John the Baptist it was by no means a common name for the Messiah.  […]

By |2014-01-20T20:25:13+01:00January 20th, 2014|Sermons|0 Comments

The end of days

The time before Advent is traditionally a time when we look forward, not yet to the coming of Christ, but to the end of days, the latter days, the time before the return of Christ. Christ’s own teaching about this is only given at the very end of his ministry, and prompted by four disciples who [...]

By |2013-11-18T20:03:57+01:00November 17th, 2013|Sermons|0 Comments

Mercy needs no words

The beliefs of the Pharisees were closer to the teachings of Jesus than those of the Sadducees. Some have even speculated that Jesus might have been a Pharisee. In any case, Jesus got a seemingly friendly invitation for dinner at the house of this Pharisee. […]

By |2013-06-26T18:28:37+02:00June 26th, 2013|Sermons|0 Comments

Resurrection in 3D

The story of Tabitha is the story of a loving church community. Love caused Tabitha to do her charitable works. Love caused the other widows to appreciate her work and to call for Peter when she had died. And love caused Peter to make a two hour’s walk from Lydda to Joppa (in our days [...]

By |2014-12-28T12:36:39+01:00May 10th, 2013|Sermons|0 Comments

How a Christian can change

I would like to speak about change. On the one hand, Christians are very familiar with change. After all, we talk about repentance, conversion, being born again and even resurrection from the dead. We know that the Holy Spirit is capable of profound transformations in all kinds of people. They can be brought to realize their true condition and [...]

By |2013-04-05T00:18:09+02:00March 17th, 2013|Sermons|0 Comments
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