Ocean Springs, Mississippi

'Year A' Tagged Sermons

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…

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…

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.…