Some of these sermons date from my younger and less experienced years, and I would be embarrassed to preach those nowadays. I like to keep them here however, 'for the record'. 

Sermons in EnglishPreken in Nederlands

Go and bless (Genesis 12)


Exodus 2:23-3:15
Complete Salvation (Exodus 12)
7 comparisons between Exodus 12 and Good Friday (Exodus 12)
Exodus 14:19-31
God is king (Exodus 15)
Food for on the road (Exodus 16)
He quenches our thirst (Exodus 17)
Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-20
The Golden Calf (Exodus 32)
Choose Life: Radical Integrity (Deu 30, Mat 5)
Must we take God's promises to David 'literally'? (2 Samuel 7:1-11)
Living Wisely (1 Kings 2,3) 
Where to find God (1 Kings 8) 
Beggars United: Elijah and the Widow (1 Kgs 17, Luke 7)


Sermon series on the Psalms

Tree planted beside streams of water (Psalm 1)
Why do the nations rage? (Psalm 2)
A good night's rest while problems abound (Psalm 3)
The Greatness of Man (Psalm 8)
Pleasures in God's Presence (Psalm 16)
My God my God why have you forsaken me (Psalm 22)
The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23) 
Sermon of Ash Wednesday (Psalm 51)
Where is God when life hurts? (Psalm 77)
The Lord has come to his temple (Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29)
Wait for the Lord (Psalm 130) 
Beauty of Unity (Psalm 133) 
God cares for us (Psalm 147)   


Sermons on the prophets of the Old Testament

Vision for Living (Isa 2, Mat 24)
The Trinity: Holy. holy, holy (Isaiah 6)
Men are no longer needed (Isa 7)
Sermon For unto us a child is born (Isa 9:2-7)
Light for the Gentiles (Isa 42)
Listen spreak, submit (Isa 50)
Christ for all nations (Isa 52-53)
See, Arise and Shine (Isa 60, Mat 2) 
O that you would rend the heavens and come down (Isa 64


Called to Radical Discipleship (Jeremiah 1)
Call to Mission by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1)
Creating our own gods (Jeremiah 2)
In the Potter's House (Jeremiah 18)
Not those who say: Lord, Lord (Jeremiah 36) Valley of Dry Bones - renewal (Ezekiel 37)
Even now God is with us (Micah 5)


Gospel of Matthew
Reversal of the Exodus (Mat 2:13-23) 
Make a straight path - John the Baptist (Mat 3:1-12)

Seeing God: Reformation Day, All Saints Day, All Souls Day (1 John 3:1-3; Mat 5:1-12) 
 How to be a light in this world (Mat 5:13-20)
Christian Community as fullfilment of the laws of God (Mat 5:13-26)
Going an extra mile (Mat 5:38-48)
Holy Lent: giving, praying, fasting (Mat 6)
True Communion (Mat 9) 
Receiving Christ (Mat 10)
Summer Holiday; finding rest (Mat 11)
Feeding the 5000 (Mat 14)
The Cross: for Christ and Christians (Mat 16)
Jesus on Mount of Transfiguration (Ex 24, Mat 17)
Forgive one another or else... (Mat 18)
Being available (Mt 20:1-16)
Triumphal Entry in Jerusalem (Mat 21, Philippians 2)

Triumphal Entry; no victory without cross (Mat 21, Luke 9)
Grace, grace, and more grace (Isa 5, Mat 21)
Give to Caesar what is Caesar's (Mat 22:15-22)
Invited to Love (Rom 13, Mat 22)
Love God, love your neigbor (Mt 22:34-46)
Being people of Peace (Mat 24:36-44)  
Advent: Be Prepared (Ps 48, Isa 62, Mat 25)
Be prepared (Mat 25:1-13)
Christ the KIng (Mat 25:31-46) 
Worshipping Jesus: Trinity Sunday (Mat 28)

Gospel of Mark
Prepare the Way (Mark 1:1-8, Isaiah 40)
Epiphany: This is my Son (Gen 1, Mark 1)

Advent: Glory of God, misery of Man (Isa 40, Mark 1)
Person and Work of the Holy Spirit (Gen 1, Mark 1:4-11)
Kingdom Obedience (Mark 1)
Jesus heals lepers (Mark 1)
Authority of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:21-28) 
Jesus heals people (Mark 1:29-39)
Jesus knows, forgives, heals (Mark 2:1-12)
Our place is with the rabble (Mark 2:13-17)
Jesus, not the law, defines our lifestyle (Mark 2:23-28)
Sin against the Hly Spirit (Mark 3:20-35)
Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mark 4)
When it storms around us (Mark 4:35-41)
God our Healer (Mark 5)
Have a rest (Mark 6:30-34, 54-46)
Jesus declared all food clean (Mark 7)
Not washing the hands but washing the heart (Mark 7)
Feeding of the 4000 (Mark 8:1-10)
Following Jesus all the way (Mark 
Mountaintop Experience: Jesus Only (Mark 9)
Spiritual Battle (Mark 9)
Spiritual interpretation (Mark 9:2-9) 
We live in a spiritual world (Mark 9:38-50)
Never Good Enough (Mark 10:17-31) 
Elbowing the way up (Mark 10:35-45) 
Jesus heals Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)
Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey (Mark 11)
Commitment of life (Mark 12:38-44) 
End of Times (Mark 13:1-8) 

Gospel of Luke
Zechariah and Elisabeth, the parents (Luke 1:1-25)
The Annuciation to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1.26-38) 
Mary, blessed, Believing, Broken (Luke 1)
Song of Zachariah (Luke 1)
Song of Zachariah (Luke 1:57-80)
Augustus, Mary, Shepherds (Luke 2:1-20)
The Shepherds saw God’s Glory (Luke 2:1-20)
Epiphany: being righteous and devout is not enough (Luke 2;21-40) 
Song of Simeon (Luke 2:21-40) 
You are God's perfect choice (Luke 2) 
Repent (Luke 3:1-6)
Radical lifestyle (Luke 3:7-18)
John the Baptist: Repent! (Luke 3)
John the Baptist: Change is needed (Luke 3)
Temptations of Jesus: more than a morality play (Luke 4)
Followers of Jesus (Luke 9)
Sheep, wolves, snakes, scorpions (Luke 10:1-20)
Prayer to the Father (Luke 11:1-11)
Guard against greed (Luke 12:13-21)
Where is your treasure (Luke 12:32-40) 
Jesus brings separation (Luke 12:49-56)
Jesus or Herod? Hen or Fox? (Luke 13)
Eating with Jesus (Luke 14)
Eating with Jesus (Luke 14:1, 7-14) NEW
Eating with Jesus: Love and Truth (Psalm 32, Luke 15)
Jesus eats with saved sinners, excludes Pharisees (Jeremiah 23, Luke 15)
Never ending cycle of repentance and forgiveness (Luke 15) 
Feasting with sinners - the Prodigal Son (Luke 15)
Use money well (Luke 16:1-13) NEW
Jesus heals (Luke 17:11-19) NEW
Insist, do not give up(Luke 18:1-8) LATEST
Palm Sunday: what is true worship? (Luke 19)
Resurrection - between liberals and fundamentalists (Luke 20) 
Jesus rose from the dead (Luke 24:1-12)
Ascension Day: Jesus on the throne (Luke 24, Acts 1)
Ascension Day yes, but no dualism (Luke 24, John 17) 

Gospel of John
The Word has become flesh (John 1:1-14)
Seeing with spiritual eyes (John 1:29-42) 
House of Prayer (John 2)
Look up, not down. Snakes in the desert (Num 21, John 3)  
Immanuel: God with us, also in the bad days (Ex 17, John 4)
The Bread that Lasts (Eph 4:17-25, John 6:24-35)
Spiritual Hunger (John 6) 
Streams of living water shall flow from our hearts (John 7) 
Jesus Wept (John 11:1-45)
True worship costs all (John 12:1-8)
Pure worship (John 12:1-8) 
Knowing Jesus Christ (John 12.9-19) 
We want to see Jesus (John 12:20-33)  
Washing each other's feet - Maundy Thursday (John 13)
Washing the feet - love conquers all (John 13)
The Holy Spirit for us (John 14:8-27)
Being fruitful (John 15:1-8)
Ascending to God (John 17)
Unity of the church (John 17) 
Good Friday: Jesus and Pilate (John 18,19)
Who are you, Jesus? (John 18, 19) 
Empty Grave (John 20)
The grave is empty (John 20)
Christian Fellowship (Ps 133, 1 John 1-2, John 20)
Strong community by opening the doors (John 20:19ff) 
Open the shutters and get out! (John 20)
Do you truly love me? (John 21)

Book of Acts
Jesus' last words (Acts 1:1-11)
Up against it (Acts 4:1-22)
Jewish leaders killed Jesus - antisemitism (Acts 5)
Small People Big Impact (Acts 9:1-20) 
Christ for all nations (Acts 10:44-48, John 15:9-17)
The church is not a gated community (Acts 11:1-18) 

Paul's Letter to the Romans
Rule as kings (Romans 5) 
Our Baptism points the way (Romans 6:1-11)
God owns us, so live for Him alone (Romans 6:12-23)
Sanctification as fruit (Romans 6:12-23)
‘What a wretched man I am’ (Romans 7:7-25)
The Spirit has come (Romans 8:1-11)
The Work of the Spirit in our lives (Rom 8:12-17)
Life with God: Present and Future (Romans 8:12-25)
Love of God (Romans 8:26-39)
Present your bodies as a sacrifice (Romans 12:1-8)
Being people of peace (Romans 12:9-21)
Understand the present time (Romans 13:8-14) 

Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians
The scandalous wisdom of the cross (1 Cor 1:18-31) 
The chaos of Cairo and the cross of Christ (1 Cor 1:18-31) 
You, church, are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:1-23) 
You, believer, are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:12-20) 

Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians

The Beauty of being Needy (2 Cor. 1:1-11) 
How to make plans? (2 Cor. 1:12-2:4) 
Importance of the community (2 Cor. 2:5-11) 
Victory through suffering (2 Cor. 2:12-3:3)
Changed from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:4-18)
Glorious God in Jars of clay (2 Cor. 4:1-18)
Our eternal hope (2 Cor. 5:1-10)
Offering peace as Jesus did (2 Cor 5:11-21)
How t deal with criticism? (2 Cor 5:6-18)
No unequal yoke (2 Cor. 6:11-7:1)
We need each other (2 Cor. 7.2-16) 
Power made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:2-10)

Paul's letter to Galatians

Multicultural unity is possible through the Gospel (Gal 2:11-21)
Christian Freedom (Gal 5)
Freedom for serving one another (Gal 5:1,5-27) 
Taking care of each other in love (Gal 6:1-10) 

Paul's letter to the Ephesians
What is the church? (Ephesians 2)
Epiphany - One church, one mission (Ephesians 3)
All cooperate for the unity and growth of church (Ephesians 4)
Spiritual Warfare - closer than you think (Ephesians 6)

Paul's letter to the Philippians
Building Community through Servanthood (Philippians 2)
Having our priorities straight (Philippians 3:4-14)

Paul's letter to the Colossians
The will of God for our life (Col 1:1-14)
Jesus: God and Man (Col 1:15-29)
Jesus rose, and so did you (Col 3:1-4) 

Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians
Small minority in a large city: how to live? (1 Thes 1)

Listen, receive, do (1Thes 2)
Spiritual Warfare (1 Thes 2:17-3:5)
Faith and Love (1 Thes 3:6-13)
Lust, love, labour (1 Thes 4:1-12) 
Return of Christ the King (1 Thes 4:13-5:11) 
All involved in peacemaking (1 Thes 5:12-28)

Paul's letters to Timothy
Saved! But for what? (1 Tim 1)
What is salvation (1 Tim 1:12-17) NEW
Be good and do good with your goodies (1 Tim 6)
Hold on to the faith (2 Tim 1) 
Patience will be rewarded (Habbakuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1-10;2 Tim 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10) NEW
God blesses the faithful (2 Tim 2:2)  
The importance of words (2 Tim 3)
God gives color to the normal things of life (2 Tim 4)  

Sermon to the Hebrews
Jesus: True God from true God (Hebrews 1,2)
Meeting with God in his house (Hebr 10:11-25)

Letter of James
Be God’s heart, hands, and voice (James 2)
Mind your tongue (James 3)
True Greatness (James 4) 

Letters of John
Who am I, where do I go? (1 John 3:1-11)  
All you need is love (1 Jhn 4:15-5:6)  

Revelation of St John
Christ is King (Rev 1:4-8)
To God and the Lamb be praise (Rev 5)
Our eternal destiny today (Rev 7)
Mary Queen of Heaven (Rev 12)
Onward Christian Soldiers (Rev 12:7) NEW
Our God Reigns (Rev 19)
All things new (Rev 21:1-6)
City of God (Rev 21:9-22:5) 
The Lord is coming; come to the Lord (Rev 22:9-21) 

Just Chatting

  • Facebook

    Since a while a am present on Facebook - mostly because my Egyptian church members seem to live there.  I often place photos of my daily work on FB.  Here my personal pages.  And here the pages of our English congregation.  And this is where you find our Arabic congregation's page.
  • School for Sudanese Kids in Cairo

    In June 2015 we are to open a school for about 200 sudanese kids.  Our church in Cairo has about a 1000 sudanese members, of which half is under 16.  There are very few options for education for these refugees in Egypt, so we decided to 'go it alone'.
  • Surat al-Fatiha

    Under 'studies' I have placed some self-study I am doing in the Qur'an - just a feeble beginning. Have a look and let me know my mistakes ;-)

  • Coptic Studies

    Under the Studies button, you can find some lectures I have recently (February- March 2008) held in our church here in Maadi (Egypt). I will probably continue to work on them as I happen to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to historical truth and the shape of documents. Oh, if only I had been a native English speaker. I hope you enjoy these and the other papers of mine that will slowly appear here.