Browsing articles tagged with " Matthew"
Sep 3, 2011

Don’t worry!

Please listen to my sermon Don’t worry! It was based on Matthew 6 and delivered February 27th 2011.

Sep 2, 2011

Yin Yang

Please listen to my sermon Yin Yang. It was based on Matthew 5 and delivered February 13th 2011.

Sep 1, 2011

God is still speaking in Utah Valley

Please listen to my sermon God is still speaking in Utah Valley. It was based on Matthew 5 and delivered February 6th 2011.

Aug 7, 2011

Second place

Christians like to consider themselves to be children of God. Most of us are only foster-children though. Jesus makes clear: “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel.”
Gentiles? – Not so much!
Ultimately the covenant God established with the people of Israel was extended to all peoples. But remember: We Gentiles are a second round pick. There is absolutely no justification for pride on our part.

Aug 6, 2011


Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem over issues of ritual purity. Please note, that he does not reject the question or the issue. Jesus is a Pharisee and as such he puts a lot of emphasis on the Law. But the Pharisees are a lively bunch and enjoy heated discussions. Jesus is no different and engages in this passionate conversation.

Aug 5, 2011

All you can eat!

Jesus feeding the 5000 is not only about sharing, but added value. Please read the outline of my sermon about the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

Jul 29, 2011

Equal pay for equal work?

Equal pay for equal work? Not with God!
Instead Jesus insists on Freedom of contract.
When the workers who were hired first thought they would receive more than the others, and they complained when all were paid the same, Jesus shrugged: ‘I have not cheated you. After all, you agreed to do a day’s work for one silver coin. Now take your pay and go home.’

Jul 28, 2011

Forgive seventy times seven

Have you ever had to forgive someone for something?
Did your willingness to forgive improve your relationship with that person?
What would the world be like without forgiveness?
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” answered Jesus, “but seventy times seven,”

Apr 18, 2011

Matthew 21:18-46

Today’s Reading is Matthew 21:18-46.

Thanks to the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day Tax Day is today:
“Do you owe the IRS over 20 thousand dollars in back taxes? Do you have unfiled returns, are you under audit? Are your wages being garnished or about to be? Has your bank account been levied? […] Do not deal with the IRS on your own, they’re the most brutal collection agency on the planet. […]”
from a radio ad
Nobody has ever liked tax collectors all that much!

Attitudes on prostitution divide the globe:
Roughly speaking, the possible attitudes are:
• prohibitionism: both prostitutes and clients are criminalized and are seen as immoral, they are considered criminals
• abolitionism: prostitution itself is not prohibited, but most associated activities are illegal, in an attempt to make it more difficult to engage in prostitution, prostitution is heavily discouraged and seen as a social problem
• regulation: prostitution may be considered a legitimate business; prostitution and the employment of prostitutes are legal, but regulated
• decriminalization: prostitution is labor like any other. Sex industry premises should not be subject to any special regulation or laws

Whatever your take on prostitutes and tax collectors may be, Jesus is pretty clear:
“I tell you: the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the Kingdom of God ahead of you.”

Apr 17, 2011

Matthew 21:1-17

Today’s Reading is Matthew 21:1-17.
I was in the nice position to be able to listen to a sermon of my wife preaching at my church. She made a very nice point:
Cheering for Jesus in good times is easy. But when the going gets rough we are pretty much like those people that were lining the streets with palm branches and their coats – we turn our back on Jesus:
– Most of his disciples ran away when he was arrested!
– Peter denied him three times!
– Peter, John and James fell asleep instead of being there for him in Gethsemane!
Sound familiar? We would never do that, right?