Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing, Luke 5:1-11, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 10, 2019 ************************************************************ Because today’s Gospel lesson includes a fishing story, I thought it would give me an opportunity to tell a fishing story of my own. The last time I went fishing, I really made a haul! I mean I was bringing in more fish […]

There Are Demons Among Us

There Are Demons Among Us, Luke 4:31-44, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, February 3, 2019 ************************************************************ I would like to adamantly deny any connection with the singing of the hymn, “Away from us!” the Demon Cried, right before I come to you with this morning’s sermon. If you were to go to Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, […]

Sunday Again

Sunday Again?, Luke 4:16-30, Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 27, 2019 ************************************************************ Another week, another church service. “Do I have to?” “What difference does it make anyway?” “It’s the same thing every Sunday.” Even if we never say it, that’s what our old sinful human nature thinks. It’s why we sometimes find ourselves dragging our […]

If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!

If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!, John 2:1-11, Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 20, 2019 ***************************************************************** A fifteen-year-old boy came bounding into the house for dinner and found his mom in bed. He asked if she was sick or something. He was truly concerned. Mom replied that, as a matter of fact, she didn’t […]

Dirty Water

Dirty Water                                                                                             Luke 3:15-22, The Baptism of Our Lord, January 13, 2019 ************************************************************ As amazing as last week was when we traveled with the Wise Men to see the Christ Child, or the weeks before when we celebrated His incarnation as a Babe born in a Bethlehem manger. This morning our Scripture takes us to the […]

How Wise Were They

How Wise Were They, Matthew 2:1-13, The Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, 2019 ***************************************************************** Today is Epiphany, for those of us that closely follow the Church year calendar; today we get a rare treat. This year the day of “The Epiphany of Our Lord” falls on a Sunday. We should take special note and enjoy […]

Christmas Eve Eve

Christmas Eve Eve, Luke 1:39-56, Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 23, 2018 ***************************************************************** Today is Christmas Eve Eve. I know, it’s not an official part of the Church year calendar, but maybe it should be. It is the day before Christmas Eve, and it’s really easy to get distracted by all the things of this world, […]

Roaring Camp

Roaring Camp, Micah 5:2–5a, Third Sunday in Advent, December 16, 2018 ***************************************************************** It was nothing more than a collection of miners’ shacks, a general store, and a half dozen shanty saloons, where the rough-and-tumble men of the 1849 Gold Rush spent their leisure time. It was called Roaring Camp. Bret Harte wrote about it a hundred […]

Clean as Mud

Clean as Mud, Malachi 3:1-7, Philippians 1:2-11, Second Sunday in Advent, December 9, 2018 ***************************************************************** The name Malachi means “my messenger”. His name could also serve as a summary of what he wrote, since he speaks about God’s coming messenger. Malachi says this Messenger “will suddenly come to his temple: and the messenger of the covenant […]

Waiting for Springtime

Waiting for Springtime, Jeremiah 33:14–16; Luke 21:29–31 First Sunday in Advent, December 2, 2018 ************************************************************Around many parts of the country, winter is in full swing. In other parts of the country winter has just begun. In South Mississippi, this time of year you never know when you walk out the door, whether to dress for […]