Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

Anointing at Bethany

While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head…. And...

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Poet’s Corner

In 2010 Poet’s Corner was started here at Scarritt-Bennett Center. Since its beginning 60+ poets have participated in the monthly readings, some coming from as far away as California, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Various themes have surfaced: religious and faith based; emotions including love, hate, hurt,...

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I’m Gonna Live

I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!   I’m gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime! I’m gonna work so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime!   I’m gonna pray so God...

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Lent, a Season of Renewal

Lent is a holy season of the church year, beginning with Ash Wednesday (March 1) and ending on Easter (April 16). It began in the early church as a time for preparing new converts for baptism on Easter. Today it is seen as a time...

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A Life of Holiness

On Sunday, February 19 the lectionary included verses from Leviticus 19 where Moses was instructed by God to tell the people of Israel: “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. I doubt that many of us heard a sermon on...

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“Waves in a Turbulent Sea”

In the hymn “Sois la Semilla (You Are the Seed)” numerous metaphors are used to describe our responsibility to “go to the world, proclaiming love to all, messengers of my forgiving peace, eternal love.”  The metaphors include yeast, seed, salt beacon, sting, waves, shepherds, flame,...

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Lament in the Time of Tribulation

            How long, Oh Lord?              Where are you God?               The light of love is dim                         Have you forsaken us, O God?          What’s wrong with this country?             Heal us, Lord              Have mercy on us!                  Hear our voices, please The people of Israel praised God, but they also...

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Manger Leads to a Cross

We don’t often think of the connection between the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus and the Good Friday scene of crucifixion. But one hymnist made the connection. Charles Albert Tindley, an African-American Methodist pastor from the mid-1880’s until his death in 1933 made...

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The Gift of Joy

The word joy brings many images to mind. Joy is like the quiet rain, a child’s smile, a hug from a friend, the soft white snow on the pine tree, the gold of an aspen leaf against the blue sky, Easter, the unexpected gift, a...

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