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08/02/2021 13:05
[Eph. 4:1-16; Jn. 6:24-35] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.     Each of us receives grace, each day. There isn’t a person on this planet that cannot receive grace. Let’s repeat that: on this earth, there isn’t a single individual, among 8 billion...

Unity is a given

01/27/2021 10:20
[Jn. 15:1-17]   Grace to you and peace from the one triune God. Amen.     An ecumenical reading of John 15:1-17,   15 Jesus is the true vine, and his Father is the vine-grower. 2 The Father removes every branch that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit the...

Advent 2020

01/19/2021 11:44
[Is. 64:1-9; Mk. 13:24-37]   Peace to you and grace. Amen.       The first candle is lit, three more.   We wait, that’s all we seem to be doing these days.     The people in Isaiah’s text today however are tired of waiting.   They’re tired of waiting, even...

For All the Saints

11/04/2020 12:14
[i Jn. 3:1-3; Mt. 5:1-12]   Grace to you and peace, beloved saints of God. Amen.       Quick ecumenical question: Why do Lutherans celebrate the Reformation each year on 31st October, the day before All Saints’ or All Hallows’ Eve?   Because every year, once a year, on All...

Een zegening zijn

11/04/2020 12:10
[Opb. 7:9-17; Mt. 5:1-16]   Genade zij u en vrede. Amen.       De Bergrede. De belangrijkste toespraak van Jezus’ leven op aarde, ook de grondwet van het Koninkrijk Gods genoemd. In de Bergrede leert Jezus zijn toehoorders de traditionele wetten en regels opnieuw te bekijken,...

To be a blessing

10/20/2020 07:33
[Dt. 8:7-18; Lk. 12:16-30]   Grace to you and peace. Amen.     What is a blessing?   Usually it’s a religious act, a religious sign, like the Sign of the Cross. Wikipedia the All-knowing states,   In religion, a blessing is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual...

Grace in EN

09/24/2020 13:06
[Mt. 20:1-16]   Blessings to you, forgiven children of God. Amen.     This text is not about economics or labour laws or work ethics or the fair distribution of wealth - however important these are! - but that’s not what this text is about.   This text is about...

Genade in het VL/NL

09/17/2020 12:44
[Rom. 12:1-8; Mt. 17:14-20]   Genade zij en vrede, geliefd kind van God. Amen.     In het Grieks van het Nieuwe Testament gebruikt men voor ‘genade’ het woord χάρις. Het is verwant aan χάρισμα, een gave van de Geest. Xάρις is ook verwant aan χαρά, ‘blijdschap’. Brieven in het Grieks...

Evil recognises good

09/03/2020 11:39
[i Cor 3:1-9; Ps. 62; Lk. 4:38-end]   Grace to you, beloved children of God. Amen     Evil recognises good. Evil recognises Jesus for who he is. Evil can even quote the Scriptures, as we have learned from Jesus’ encounter with the satan in the wilderness.   Do we recognise good...

Semper Deus major

08/31/2020 10:40
[Rom. 12:1-8; Mt. 17:14-20]   Genade zij u en vrede. Amen.     Steeds meer.   Hoger, sneller, sterker, verder, dieper. Steeds betere cijfers, hogere winstmarges, meer productiviteit. Steeds meer afzet, steeds ambitieuzer, steeds competitiever. Steeds succesvoller, gekender,...
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