Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Faith, Trust, and Bumper Stickers

So I’m stuck in traffic this one time and I was right behind this big tractor trailer truck. I’m guessing you’ve been in this position before… On the back of the trailer, there’s the usual stuff—the company’s name, the how’s my driving sticker, and in the corner in simple but plain letters: John 3:16. So…

What Does the Devil Look Like?

What do you think the devil looks like? It’s a question to ponder because in today’s Gospel reading, we get no physical description of the devil—a.ka. the tempter or Satan or (as the name means in Hebrew) “the adversary.”  How did this adversary appear to Jesus? What did he look like? I certainly don’t know…perhaps…

Be Perfect!

I am a perfectionist. Anyone else here like that? I like for things to be just right. I can spend hours hanging the picture frame just right. I can spend days and weeks on a simple project because it’s never quite there yet. It’s a good thing that Sunday sermons are a hard deadline, otherwise…

Words Matter, Love Matters

Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37 Well…happy Valentines Day everyone! Let the record show that I warned you about week three of the Sermon on the Mount. Look, let’s be honest, Jesus’ words to us today are hard to take. The imagery is violent and upsetting and the conclusions are simply outrageous. On the surface, this seems like…

Drop Your Nets

Sermon on Matthew 4:12-23 So here we are at the inauguration. No, no. I can already hear it now…[gasp] the new pastor’s already getting political. No, not that inauguration. I’m talking about Jesus’ inauguration. We are at the moment in Matthew’s gospel where Jesus begins his ministry. And as we prepare to inaugurate a new ministry…