Sermons on Faith

speaker, Balboa Union Church, Sunday, English service, Panama City

Rejoicing in Sufferings

Readings: Romans 5: 1-8 Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 Psalm 100 Rejoicing in Sufferings I invite you to think for a moment about that Olympian champion, the one that sat on the sofa every day watching TV, checking their internet, and reading books.  The one that slept in every morning, had a full cooked breakfast, eating…

speaker, Balboa Union Church, Sunday, English service, Panama City

The Good Shepherd

Welcome to the Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter (or the third Sunday after Easter if you prefer), where every year we remind ourselves of a special relationship that we have with our Creator.  Each year, we read on Good Shepherd Sunday two particular readings: Psalm 23:  The Lord is my Shepherd John…

speaker, Balboa Union Church, Sunday, English service, Panama City

Dry Bones

Readings: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 – The Valley of Bones John 11: 1-45 – Lazarus So, this morning we’ve heard the reading from Ezekiel: the Valley of Bones, and we’ve also heard the story of the raising of Lazarus.  Given that they were long readings, my sermon this morning is going to be adequately short, because I know…

speaker, Balboa Union Church, Sunday, English service, Panama City

Raising the Dead

Lectionary: Luke 7: 11-17 1 Kings 17: 8-24 I’d like to introduce you all this morning to a special artifact from our home that is of vital importance for dressing up as a fairy princess: the magic wand. A couple of weeks ago, I helped little Miss Two dress up in a pretty dress, and…

Where we find peace and where not

Karl Barth, the famous Swiss professor of theology, was traveling with a group of students. They visited the monastery in Maria Laach. A monk led the group through the buildings. A monastery has its own atmosphere, it is quiet, and there is no hassle and no noise. “There is peace here,” said the monk. Such…

The very emotional prayer of Jesus

Reading of John 17: 6-19 (Right after the reading) We are not sure whether Jesus actually uttered these words. But whether authored by Jesus or by any of his disciples, these words are truly inspiring. They are like a prayer in a moment when you know you will die, sort of your last words on…