• Posts Tagged ‘bible stories’

    lenten journal: antonyms

    by  • March 6, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    One of the joys of teaching English is vocabulary study. Every week or two, I turn the page to a new list of words for my students – expunge, bequeath, cogent, supercilious – and then put them through the paces of the exercises that come in their books hoping that a few of the...

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    lenten journal: telling stories

    by  • April 10, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I spent the morning and early afternoon at the Third Annual Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church in Raleigh. My primary connection to the event was through my friendship with Ryan Rowe, who is a member of the church and the organizer of this year’s conference. He asked...

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    lenten journal: part of the story

    by  • March 26, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Here’s more of Stephen Dunn, once again, from my reading today. These are the opening words to a chapter titled, “The Hand Reaching Into the Crowd.” We live in a graceless age. Accordingly the word grace (in its various parts of speech) has lost power and significance, though it is frequently used. We have...

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    a poet’s bible

    by  • November 13, 2009 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    As I was reading this morning, I reached for David Rosenberg’s A Poet’s Bible: Rediscovering the Voices of the Original Text and his translation of parts of Job and Ecclesiastes took me on a wonderful little journey. A Poet’s Bible I found it used, on the shelfin the basement of the HarvardBookstore, one blurb...

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    lenten journal: jesus goes postal

    by  • March 16, 2009 • Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    I’ve been struggling with a story today. “Jesus cleansing the Temple” is the way it usually gets titled for those of us who know the story. It shows up in all four gospels and I’ve heard it over and over; it’s not new to me. Jesus was going into the Temple in Jerusalem during...

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    lenten journal: show me a story

    by  • March 14, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I guess because I grew up hearing sermons in church, I spent a large part of my life thinking of a sermon as primarily an oral presentation, rather than a written document first. When I began to preach with some regularity that perspective changed. I found I was a better preacher once I learned...

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    lenten journal: how do I get there from here?

    by  • February 18, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Genesis 12:1-4; John 3:1-17A Sermon for Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham It’s written matter of factly in our scripture passage this morning: “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you,” as though God and Abram were...

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    lenten journal: answering invitations

    by  • February 16, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    In getting to preach this Sunday, since Ginger is away on our church’s women’s retreat, I’ve been thinking about Abram and Nicodemus, the two stars of the lectionary readings this week, and tonight that’s led me to thinking about invitations. As one who grew up Southern Baptist, invitation is a loaded word, tied to...

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    advent journal: joseph

    by  • December 16, 2007 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    After Annunciation This is the irrational seasonWhen love blooms bright and wild.Had Mary been filled with reasonThere’d have been no room for the child. (Weather of the Heart, Madeleine L’Engle) Madeleine L’Engle played a big part in my understanding of both Advent and the Liturgical Year through her book, The Irrational Season, which draws...

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    the rest of the story

    by  • July 24, 2007 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    There’s always something new to learn. As many times as I’ve either heard or read the parable of The Good Samaritan and the story of Jesus’ visit with Mary and Martha, I’d never thought about the two being connected until Ginger mentioned it in her sermon last Sunday. Both are stories about people stopping...

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