• Posts Tagged ‘incarnation’

    advent journal: goo is love

    by  • December 17, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I love to tell the story for those who know it bestseem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest . . . We took our high school kids on a field trip to High Point, North Carolina to see a production of “A Christmas Carol” today. The 10 a. m. performance played...

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    advent journal: the mystery of the mundane

    by  • December 5, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Look wherever you can find the information and you will find that our Sunday morning service at Pilgrim United Church of Christ begins at 10:30. Though it is not written down anywhere, most everyone in the room knows the service ends at 11:30, which is when it is time for coffee hour and whatever...

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    advent journal: god’s punctuation

    by  • December 25, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I was in the self-checkout line at Kroger this afternoon, about six people deep, when the guy in front of me started talking. He was twenty-two, I’m guessing, a good four inches taller than me, and in a Kroger uniform. He had one Christmas card in his hand. That was all. As we stood...

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    advent journal: the enveloping air

    by  • December 24, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    During our quick trip to New York this week, we spent the better part of one afternoon in the Metropolitan Museum of Art losing all sense of direction and finding bits of wonder, love, and praise in many of the paintings, photographs, and sculptures that inhabit the place. Eventually, we wandered in amongst the...

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    advent journal: who I saw today

    by  • December 23, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Here’s Who I Saw Today: a high school friend who met me for breakfast and a walk around Midtown Manhatthan; the man who drove the shuttleto JFK fighting through trafficand still had energy to smile; the TSA identification checkerwho never changed his facialexpression as he worked; the server at our favoriteMexcian restaurant in Durhamwho...

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    advent journal: tomorrow

    by  • December 20, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Tomorrow I get to showthe person I love mosthow much I love herhow much I get herwith a surprise that has her name writtenall over itI wonderif this isa hint ofwhat Godfelt like onChristmas Eve. Peace,Milton

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    advent journal: getting to the story

    by  • December 17, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    “History is written by the winners.” So wrote one of my students in a list of ten quotes that were meaningful to him that I had asked him and his class to find and explain. His take on the quote was: “If you win, you get to be important.” Perhaps. Or at least you...

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    the mixed lot of being human

    by  • September 22, 2010 • Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    I stopped by the bookstore this afternoon, after spending the day at a workshop to learn how to use the software supplied by our yearbook company, with the hope that Mary Gordon’s book, Reading Jesus: A Writer’s Encounter with the Gospels, had come out in paperback. (These are not hardcover buying days at our...

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    sunday sonnet #2

    by  • August 30, 2010 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    In response to today’s Gospel reading, Luke 14:1-14. The parables of Jesus unfold in word and deed:it’s the living, breathing stuff of Incarnation;the healing of a blind man, the sower sowing seedtell the story of the Spirit’s provocation. He healed someone on the Sabbath and then told a simple taleOf a banquet with the...

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    the beckonings of God

    by  • January 3, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    It’s not everyday I think of Jon Cryer and George Buttrick at the same time, but I did today. Our associate pastor quoted Buttrick in her sermon this morning as she talked about the Magi: So we may notice here the beckonings of God. Beckoning: it’s a great word, and it set my mind...

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