John 2:1-11: Washing Water into Glorious Wine

On the third day, a wedding was taking place at Cana in Galilee.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there with her Son, with His new disciples.  And to us, the Gospel writer, John, makes the point, telling us that the wedding was on the third day. During creation, the third day was when God […]

Ephesians 5:22-33; John 2:1-11: The Church as the Bride of Christ

Who, are what, is more significant, Christ or the Church?  Who is to have the greater glory and honor?  I know that’s a trick question.  For if you are to honor Christ, you are also to honor His Bride, the Church.  And when you honor His Church, you also honor the head of the Church, […]

Holy Matrimony of Brandon Ponce and Jessica Marmon

This is a beautiful wedding story.  Both Brandon and Jessica are members of a sister congregation, Holy Cross in Collinsville, Illinois.  However, they wanted to be married here in Kimberling City.  So this what happened: they received all their marriage counseling and preparation there and I, as a pastor in a sister congregation, married them […]

Epiphany 2: Wedding at Cana

Intro You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  It’s the first minute that’s critical.  That’s why we put on false fronts.  That’s why we try to say the right words, so we won’t have to undo what we think cannot later be undone.  We bring out the good wine first, because […]