Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sermons by Cuttino Alexander

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.…

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…

Baptized in Water

Sermon on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Do you remember your baptism? For some of us yes, for some of us no. I remember my baptism. It was when I was six or seven years old. I was baptized alongside my brother and my mother at the Presbyterian church I grew up in. And I remember that…

The World is About to Turn

Sermon on Luke 1:39-55 A couple weeks ago, I talked about how the Gospel of Luke was like a musical, in that the characters sometimes break out into song at important moments. If you recall, we’ve got the song of Zechariah, when John the Baptist is born, we’ve got the songs of the angels at the…

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…