Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Ordinary Time

First Impressions

Sermon on Luke 4:14-21 It’s important to make a good first impression, right? So they say you’ve got about seven seconds to make a good mark. Seven seconds and these assumptions about a person begin to sink in. And, you know, it may be even less than that now. You see, talk to anybody who’s…

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,…

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…