Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sermons on Matthew

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…

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…

Palm Sunday: Generals on Donkeys

Sermon on Matthew 27:11-54 Today we experience yet again—as if we needed any reminder—how quickly things can go from celebration to tragedy. How often violence can seem like an awfully easy solution to our problems. How convenient it can be to eliminate an opponent rather than engage them. Jesus enters Jerusalem to a hero’s welcome.…

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…