• Posts Tagged ‘faith’

    teach us to mark our days . . .

    by  • October 29, 2012 • communion, faith, time • 2 Comments

    This past Sunday, our church finished a month long celebration of our 125th anniversary. One Sunday we returned to the little wooden church out in the woods where our congregation began; two Sundays ago, we spent the afternoon listening to Jeremy, our amazing accompanist, transport us with his words and music. And it was...

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    the grammar of togetherness

    by  • August 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Here is the manuscript of the sermon I preached this morning at Pilgrim UCC here in Durham. For many of us, text messaging is a part of life. There’s much of what comes with sending texts that works for me. I like being able to send and receive messages that don’t require I answer...

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    a spirit not of fear . . .

    by  • July 21, 2012 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    I found out this morning that the brother of a college friend was killed in the theater in Aurora, Colorado. He was there with his two daughters; they survived, but he did not. The connection doesn’t change how I feel about the killings, or how I ache for those who lost their lives or...

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    wild goose ride

    by  • June 27, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    A number of years ago a woman named Martha, who went to school with me at Nairobi International School (NIS) when we were both in ninth grade, contacted as many of us as she could and compelled us to get together again. The invitation was too good to turn down: I had not seen...

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    lenten journal: onward, christian artists . . .

    by  • March 15, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    “Study the faces of the new tyrants,” Berger says has he begins the last section of his book, Bento’s Sketchbook: How Does the Impulse to Draw Something Begin? What follows is a series of incisive descriptions: They are impeccably dressed and their tailoring is reassuring, like the silhouette of high-security delivery vans. They have...

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    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: the peripheral vision of faith

    by  • February 25, 2012 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    One of the benefits of my style of organization is the joy of rediscovering things. Move a pile of stuff and find a book you haven’t seen in a long time. Such was my fortune a couple of days ago. We did some rearranging here at the house which set me to cleaning up...

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    inconsequential

    by  • January 31, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    How to live with the adjective inconsequential? That’s the way John Berger posed the question as I sat with his book a couple of days ago in the coffee shop waiting for time to start my after school job. He was talking about the role of the artist and writer in the face of...

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    advent journal: can’t you read the signs

    by  • November 30, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Yesterday morning marked the first time in several days that I had to answer my five o’clock alarm telling me it was time to get ready for school. Gracie, our middle Schnauzer, was grateful for the return to routine because it meant she got to eat earlier and it was a return to routine,...

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    wild goose reflections

    by  • June 29, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Sunday evening I sat down to dinner with friends from Durham after I had made my last run to the airport of the day to drop off folks heading home from the Wild Goose Festival, which was held at Shakori Hills near Durham. Saturday was my friend Terry’s birthday and I wanted to eat...

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