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The treasure of knowing Christ

By |2015-09-04T11:20:43+00:00August 2nd, 2015|Sermons|

An old man lived on his own, deep in the mountains of Colorado. When he died, some relatives came from the city to collect his valuables. Upon arriving, all they saw was an old shack. Inside it was just some old junk, like an old cooking pot, some mining equipment, a cracked table and a [...]

Majestic but not to extremes

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

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 [...]

Giving up negative thoughts

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

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 [...]

A sword through your soul

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

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 [...]

Do this as often as you do it…

By |2015-11-07T15:56:08+00:00March 8th, 2015|Articles|

How often should we celebrate the Eucharist? Why do Roman Catholics, most Anglicans, many Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians have a weekly Eucharist (Holy Communion) and most other churches a monthly, quarterly or even annual Holy Supper? The Anglican way to approach such questions is to turn to the Bible, to tradition and to reason. [...]

Three spirits that lived on

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

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, [...]

When a woman says “no”

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

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 [...]

Christ our King

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

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 [...]