Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sermons from April 2017

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…