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Sermon: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

This is a sermon I preached at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Slidell, LA on August 3, 2014 (Esther Day).

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat Text: Matthew 14:22-33 Happy Esther Day.

I said “Esther Day,” not “yesterday.” Yesterday was Saturday. Today is Esther Day.

And for you religious scholars out there, it’s not Purim either. It’s not about the Esther in the Bible.

I do love these “sub-culture” holidays. I enjoy filling my calendar with days that mean something special to people who often feel like they’re just too weird for the normal world.

It’s OK if you don’t know what Esther Day is. I didn’t know what it was until a little more than a week ago, and then Emily increased my awesome and told me about it. In a bit, I’m going to increase your awesome too.

But first, let’s talk about Peter.

The “walking on water” story is in Mark and John too, but the story is quite a bit different here in Matthew. For Matthew, it starts with Jesus sending the disciples away. God had just fed thousa…