Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sermons on John

Thomas the Resilient

Sermon on John 20:19-31 Well, here we are. Again. One more week down. Is it just me, or are the days running together? I wouldn’t blame you if you thought that we’re trapped in some time warp where every day, Monday through Sunday is just “day.” It’s like we can’t quite imagine life before Coronavirus,…

Lazarus, Come Out!

Sermon on John 11:1-45 Lord, if you had been there, my brother would not have died. That’s a refrain that we hear not once but twice in this story, from both Mary and Martha. It’s a cry of pain, of mourning, regret, frustration, anger. It may or may not be true—we just don’t know. But…

We’ve Been Here Before

Sermon on John 9:1-7 A friend of mine is a pastor at a Lutheran church in South Carolina. This week, shared on Facebook that while he was biding his time in the office social distancing, he looked through the church’s records. He went back to 1918 when that congregation was just eight years old and…

All Shall Be Well

Sermon on John 4:5-42 It is noon, midday, and there is a woman alone in the middle of town, getting water from the well. What was she doing there? Why was she alone? At the risk of sounding a little glib, she was social distancing…but not by choice. You see in her society she was quite…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Can These Bones Live?

Sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45 You know what one of my favorite things about going to the movies? It’s not the popcorn. It’s not the huge screen or the big sound system. It’s not the fancy reclining seat that I just discovered in D’Iberville. No, probably my favorite thing about going to the movies is seeing…