Ocean Springs, Mississippi

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…

Easter: What Happens Next Will…

Have you noticed how nowadays things are written in such a way to really grab you attention, to really suck you in. Everything has hyperbole written into it. It’s called clickbait, right? Websites and news articles now get money when you click on it. So writers kind of have to write in such a way…

Good Friday: The Anti-Pilate

Every year we celebrate Good Friday. And every year its the same text—the Passion according to John. And every year I am (or someone like me is) charged with getting up into the pulpit and saying something meaningful about Good Friday. About Jesus’ trial and crucifixion and death. About what it means and what it means to you. …

Maundy Thursday: I Hold Out My Hand

You know, being a parent—particularly a parent of a toddler—can be really  gross. I mean seriously, it starts from the very beginning, those first few diaper changes (I went on ahead and got the nurse to do that). Don’t get me started on that cord stump. And it really doesn’t let up, does it? I…