Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sermons on Faith

Thomas the Resilient

Sermon on John 20:19-31 Well, here we are. Again. One more week down. Is it just me, or are the days running together? I wouldn’t blame you if you thought that we’re trapped in some time warp where every day, Monday through Sunday is just “day.” It’s like we can’t quite imagine life before Coronavirus,…

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…

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…

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…

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…