Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sermons by Cuttino Alexander (Page 2)

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…

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…