• Posts Tagged ‘grace’

    lenten journal: glitches and grace

    by  • April 3, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    We have made a quick trip to visit my parents—we being Rachel, Ginger, and me – and I say to visit my parents rather than going to Texas because we are spending the sixty-four hours we are here in the Lone Star State with them. The trip was not precipitated by an emergency. It...

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    the imagination of grace

    by  • August 28, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    “The Imagination of Grace”A Sermon for Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durhamby Milton Brasher-CunninghamExodus 3:1-15; Romans 12:9-21 Perhaps one of the reasons I like stories about Moses is he was as rootless as I am.He was born of a Hebrew mother while she was being held in exile with her people in Egypt, adopted...

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    lenten journal: sunday sonnet #23

    by  • March 28, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The passage for today was Jesus meeting the woman at the well. My sonnet was particularly affected by the following video. Thanks to my friend Down Under, Simon, for posting it. sunday sonnet #23 a woman of no distinction, shecame alone to the well at noon;engaged her in conversation, hecame her reputation to impugn...

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    the return of the sunday sonnet (#15)

    by  • January 31, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    After reading the Beatitudes and hearing Ginger’s sermon this morning, I’m reminded that “happy” and “blessed” are not synonyms. Blessed are the protesters that fill Egyptian streets,for soon they’ll know whose promise they can trust;blessed are the shelterless who stand in line to eat.and are told to make a meal of a crust. Blessed...

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    watch your language

    by  • January 27, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I was looking through some old books and found a couple of pages of songwriting notes from many years ago. As I read over them, I was taken by this phrase: the syntax of the cynic. I picked up the phrase and here is what I found. watch your language In the grammar of...

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    sunday sonnet #11

    by  • November 1, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The text today told the story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. And here’s where the story took me. When Zacchaeus hit the streets, he had to assumehe was down the list of who folks hoped to see;he might have done much better had he showed up in costume,but for all his faults, he had...

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    can I get a witness?

    by  • October 13, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    T. S Eliot’s amazing poem The Waste Land has found me twice in the last few days. First, let me confess. I love the poem and I am moved by the poem, but I am far from understanding it. Still, it keeps coming after me. The first touch was at school, reading Robert Cormier’s...

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    sunday sonnet #8

    by  • October 11, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    The sermon today was on the ten lepers whom Jesus healed and the one of them who returned to say, “Thanks.” As I thought about the story, I was struck by how much time we who are accustomed to comfort and privilege spend trying to explain pain and suffering, as though they were things...

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    by  • June 7, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Do you remember the grade when we built volcanoes —hollow towers of papier-mâché, and the incendiary mixof vinegar and baking powderthat spewed over the sides? It was about the same time our sorrow began to stack up: the strata of struggle and shame solidifying into a debilitating monument whereour fault lines intersect. We watched...

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    lenten journal: traveling mercies

    by  • April 2, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Several years ago, Ginger and I went to Las Vegas because we had never been. We were already in California for a gathering with my side of the family and we tacked on a couple of days and drove from San Diego to Vegas, staying – of course – at the Hard Rock Hotel....

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