Summertime and our Mission Action Plan

Since March, it seems that life was ruled by one thing only. The Virus. Read More…

God’s special treasure

In my home, I have a few memorabilia I am extremely careful with. Real treasures, not necessarily for their pecuniary value, but maybe just because of memories. In my case, these are some memories of my father Daniel, some things I picked up in Egypt, and some parts of my stamp collection. I treasure them. Read More…

Up and down, c’est la vie

Some thoughts based on Psalm 30. Read More…

Feeling insecure

Some people thrive on insecurity, while others find it hard to cope when too many things are unsure. We all know people who begin to panic when small things do not go as they should. While others in such situations, irritatingly, shrug their shoulders. Read More…

Mission Action Plan

As a church we have been working on our Mission Action Plan (MAP) in the past year, and we are ready for take off. Everyone has been able to give his or her input in the MAP, and presently, the church council is incorporating those comments. So we are ready to start! Read More…

Advent: time of preparation?

It is common to think of Advent as the time of preparing for the coming of our Lord. As if Advent is a sort of introduction to Christmas, to help us get in the mood. Did John the Baptist not call the people to ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’? Read More…

We are like grass

And it is almost Advent again... Is time going faster than before? (Or am I going slower?) The leaves begin to fall from the trees, and I am aware that in many ways, we humans are so fragile. Most trees around us were here before we were born, and they will survive us as well. Read More…

Seeking refuge in God

The writer of Psalm 71 - was it David? - has become an old man. He reminds God that he has leaned on God from his birth, and now, at a more mature age, he still leans on God. He needs to do this, as he is in trouble. Read More…

Where do we find rest?

This summer a million Dutch people escape The Netherlands for holidays outside the country. And as I write this, I am still panting from a long traffic jam between Apeldoorn and Amersfoort, mainly the results of car loads of Germans who escaped from Germany for finding rest on our Dutch beaches. Read More…

What does the future hold?

Many people are infatuated with the question of what the future holds. Stocktraders, real-estate brokers, kids doing their exams, people worrying about their health or pension, it seems we all like to know what the future holds. Read More…

Lent

Dear brothers, sisters,

As we move through the time of Lent towards Good Friday and Easter, we meditate on our Lord Jesus Christ who gave his all for our sake. And the joy ahead of him made him even accept the worst suffering imaginable. He gave his all for us - in service to his God and Father. Read More…

Sunday is coming…

The Christian church came into existence in the midst of Judaism: the first Christians were all Jewish.
One of the momentous decisions the first followers of Jesus took, was to not celebrate Saturday as their holy day, as they had been used to in the Before Christ era. Read More…

Three out of five

If we look back at 2018, we see many things that went wrong. In our own life, in our city, in our counrty, in our world. It is easy to point fingers. But have you noticed that when you point at someone, three fingers point in your own direction? Read More…

Prepare!

Before and during the Second World War, many Jews tried to escape or hide from the Nazi’s. But the human mind works very strange - while all the signs were very bad, still many Jews continued to live as if all would be okay in the end. Read More…

We have made a good start with our two worship services.

It is great to see new faces almost every week in either Arnhem or Nijmegen! Read More…

No Father without brothers and sisters

In my preparing for my present sermon series on The Lord’s Prayer I came across a gem of a book. We dare to say Our Father was written by Louis Evely in the 1960s, when he noticed an increase of individualism in Western society and church. He underlined the fact that Jesus taught us to pray OUR Father, and not MY Father. Read More…

‘Lord, teach us how to pray’


Church is like an old-fashioned workshop, where people learn together and from each other. One of the things we learn in church is ‘how to pray’. Read More…