Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Lent

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…

Planting Fig Trees

In the house that I owned in North Carolina, we had this giant fig tree. I’m not going to lie to you, it may have been the one thing that sold us on the house. I love fresh figs, so this opportunity to get it whenever I want it—that was an offer I couldn’t refuse.…

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…

Different is Not Deficient

Sermon on John 9:1-41 We live in an age of scientific miracles.  It’s true.  Think about how far medical science has come in just a generation. Think of all the progress we have made in transplants and implants, prosthetics and artificial limbs.  We are very close to being able to grow our own organs in…

Living Water Everywhere

Sermon on John 4:5-42 I think about water way more than I used to. I mean, we’re surrounded by it here, right? There are all these bodies of water, all these types, I’m learning about all sorts of them—bayous and bays, estuaries, deltas. Salt water, fresh water, brackish water. I’ve learned here that a “rain…

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…