• Posts Tagged ‘jesus’

    jesus, steve earle, and the gay pride parade

    by  • September 28, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    A couple of Sundays have passed since Ginger preached on the parable about the workers who get hired at various times during the day and then all get paid the same at quitting time (Matthew 20:1-16). It’s a bothersome parable on its own terms, made even more difficult when heard in American congregations filled...

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    lenten journal: asked and answered

    by  • April 22, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Brothers and sisters, from where have you come? Such was the question that greeted us as we prepared to share Communion in our Maundy Thursday. Those of us scattered across the sanctuary had come from different places. The answer we were called to give in unison was compelling: We have come from the dust,...

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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: I’m walking, yes indeed

    by  • April 8, 2011 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    In the opening lines of Jesus Christ Superstar, Judas sings every time I look at you I don’t understandwhy you let the things you did get so out of handyou’d have managed better if you’d had a planwhy’d you choose such backward time and such a strange landif you’d come today you could have...

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    lenten journal: finished

    by  • April 3, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    “It is finished,” you said. When we finally get to ask questions you will be answer,mine will be, “What did you mean?” I’ve taken my shotat explanations;the words mattertoo much to let themjust hang there. Yet even when I look back from Sunday,full of resurrectionneither life nor deathwill be done. I dug in the...

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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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    lenten journal: found in translation

    by  • March 30, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    One of my friends from the Durham restaurant, Leonora, told me about a poetry class she has been taking at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. The class itself doesn’t have much to do with making documentaries, which I suppose means more than anything that the folks at the CDS are mostly looking for...

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    everybody knows elvis

    by  • February 15, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    One of the things I love about Kate Campbell is she has Elvis songs: not covers, but songs in which he makes an appearance of some sort. She’s not the first to do it, but he does seem to enjoy showing up in her songs. One of her songs Friday night took me back...

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    tapping the walls

    by  • February 9, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I love being married to a good preacher. Sunday, she knocked it out of the park – or at least knocked me around a little bit, prophetically speaking. My musings tonight owe much to what she had to say yesterday. I knew going in to church that her sermon was based on the Luke...

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    on the road to find out

    by  • December 28, 2009 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Even though I went back to work on the second day of Christmas, I’ve been thinking more about what Christmastide means. Once we get to the manger, it seems, we find it hard to stay for very long. As far as the culture goes, our economy can’t afford for us to have too long...

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