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The end of days

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

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 [...]

Mercy needs no words

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

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. […]

Resurrection in 3D

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

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 [...]

Our need and ability to forgive

By |2013-03-27T23:17:34+00:00March 27th, 2013|Articles|

J.C. Arnold has collected a number of stories from survivors of the Enschede and Volendam disasters in a book called “To retaliate or to forgive”. In the advertisement for this book our options – when confronted with injustice and suffering – are described differently, “We either keep harbouring resentment or we forgive the other person. [...]

How a Christian can change

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

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 [...]

On the meaning and benefits of blessing

By |2013-01-14T00:25:11+00:00December 24th, 2012|Articles|

The words “blessing” and “to bless” are used a lot in Church, and in a variety of meanings. But what is the essence of these concepts, and where do they come from? The English word “blessing” comes from the old Teutonic (Germanic) word ‘bletsian’, meaning “blood sacrifice”. But its meaning changed when it was used [...]

The valuable cornerstone

By |2015-11-07T15:58:16+00:00October 28th, 2012|Sermons|

Whenever I read the words of the great prophets of the Old Testament, I cannot help but being struck by the directness and the boldness with which the people and the rulers of those days are addressed. In our first reading of today, Isaiah calls the rulers of Jerusalem scoffers and accuses them of making a covenant with [...]

Negative energy – a dark (subject) matter

By |2015-11-07T16:00:37+00:00October 27th, 2012|Articles|

In these dark times before Christmas we traditionally pay attention to glimmers of light heralding the great light that came into the world. But as Halloween, All Saints / All souls, Remembrance Sunday and even Advent demonstrate, we also pay some attention to darkness and death itself. After all, we are expecting something that is [...]