• Posts Tagged ‘resurrection’

    lenten journal: alive together

    by  • April 9, 2012 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Last night I worked down at Fullsteam Brewery for their “Take a Pint Out of Crime” fundraiser to help replace the smoker someone stole a week or so ago. I was happy to help out because they are my neighbors and it is The Friendliest Room in Durham. I want to help make sure...

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    lenten journal: plotting the resurrection

    by  • March 22, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    First Fig    My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light!   — Edna St. Vincent Millay I have kept my practice of a Lenten journal now for many years. This, however, is the first year I...

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    lenten journal: sunday sonnet #27

    by  • April 25, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Mary came to the grave yard aloneexpecting to pour out her grief;and she met someone she should have knowneven though their encounter was brief. She stayed after the others had goneback to town to tell Christ was alive;in the light that came after the dawnhe called her – and her heart was revived. And...

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    lenten journal: in tune with the land

    by  • April 24, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    When we moved into our house last summer, we moved into a home where the house had been fixed up (it was built in 1926), but the yard was – well – a trash heap, in the back at least. The front yard was mostly weeds, some prettier than others. Because we wanted Ginger’s...

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    lenten journal: sunday sonnet #25

    by  • April 11, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    First the news of Lazarus dyingbefore Jesus had time to get there —Then the image of Jesus cryingmust have giv’n the disciples a scare . . . He got to the tomb and called out his friend,with the others saying, “He stinketh” –they had no idea death was no end,Jesus said, “Death is not...

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    the last word

    by  • April 25, 2010 • Uncategorized • 9 Comments

    I preached this morning at our church here in Durham as the culmination of a study we did on the Book of Job. This is the text of my sermon, “The Last Word.” Only four Saturdays have passed since a group of us gathered to study the story of Job together, and yet way...

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    lenten journal: resurrection

    by  • April 5, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    we stood in the columbariumwell after sunriseto speak of resurrectionwith the names of thosewho share death in commonas our backdropthe whistle of treesour soundtrack andthe promise of pancakeswaiting for us inside as we retold the story I heardthe passive verb:the stone was rolled awayas though coming backto life were as easy assliding a door...

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    lenten journal: getting started

    by  • April 13, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Yesterday, Ginger, Cherry, and I took part in an “urban hike” through our neighborhood of Old West Durham to learn our way around a bit more and to learn some of the history of our neighborhood. John Schelp, the president of our neighborhood association, led the hike and dispersed the information. He did an...

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    symphony

    by  • April 8, 2008 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I turn down our tree-lined streets,the empty branches reaching skywardyearning skeletons just now beginningto show signs of new life, the groans ofcreation tuning up like an orchestrapreparing to play a new symphony. Yet, the trees have not been silent all winter.Their shadow song is harder, but a melodynonetheless. The strains of pain and silenceare...

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    lenten journal: my redeemer lives

    by  • March 24, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I’ve been staring at the screen for awhile now, trying to think of a way to bring this year’s Lenten Journal to an end and I have not found them — at least, I haven’t found words of my own. What I have found are words I first heard on Bob Bennett’s record, First...

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