Ocean Springs, Mississippi

First Impressions

Sermon on Luke 4:14-21 It’s important to make a good first impression, right? So they say you’ve got about seven seconds to make a good mark. Seven seconds and these assumptions about a person begin to sink in. And, you know, it may be even less than that now. You see, talk to anybody who’s…

The Really Good Stuff

Sermon on John 2:1-11 So, it’s a little fitting that we hear this story of the wedding at Cana because this weekend, Jessica and I marked our tenth wedding anniversary. Ten years. And I though a lot about what we were doing on those weeks and days leading up to the big day. We were…

Baptized in Water

Sermon on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Do you remember your baptism? For some of us yes, for some of us no. I remember my baptism. It was when I was six or seven years old. I was baptized alongside my brother and my mother at the Presbyterian church I grew up in. And I remember that…

The World is About to Turn

Sermon on Luke 1:39-55 A couple weeks ago, I talked about how the Gospel of Luke was like a musical, in that the characters sometimes break out into song at important moments. If you recall, we’ve got the song of Zechariah, when John the Baptist is born, we’ve got the songs of the angels at the…

Crashing the Christmas Party

Sermon on Luke 3:7-18 A couple weeks ago, I invited everyone to approach the time that we’re in, Advent, as kind of a spiritual discipline. As a time to break away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and really, just learn patience. Learn waiting. So here we are, starting our third week…

Christ the King: Jesus Meets Pilate

Sermon on John 18:33-37 So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s still election season around here. You know, the rest of the country has moved on…they’ve got non-stop Christmas at this point. But now, anytime I turn on the TV, actually, anytime I open up my computer, there is some sort of ad,…

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Sermon on Mark 10:35-45 So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve got a lot of parents of preschoolers in the room today. And, any parent of a preschooler—anyone who’s raised a preschooler—really anyone who’s been around a preschooler knows that they are full of questions. They start of sort of simple—What’s that? Can…

Holding Us the Entire Time

Image credit: Christopher Mathias, Twitter Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33 When I was growing up in small-town North Carolina, I remember a time when the Ku Klux Klan held a rally in the square in front of the county courthouse. And I remember people’s reaction was more embarrassment than anything; embarrassment that this was still a…

Big Things in Little Packages

Big things come in little packages. Now that’s something we hear all the time. And yeah, you know, sometimes it’s true. But often what I’ve found is big things come in bigger packaging. That’s really the norm. If you want to cram in more stuff, you’ve got to get a bigger box. I’m relearning that…

We’ll Eat You Up!

Sermon on John 14:1-14 “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!” Anybody recognize that line?  It’s from this book—Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. This was one of my favorite books as a small child, and over the past two years and eight months, I’ve had chances…