Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sermons by Cuttino Alexander

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…

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.…

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…