Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

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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The Gift of Peace

The dictionary defines peace as a state of quiet, freedom from civil disturbance, harmony in personal relations, security/order in community, a pact to end hostilities. In the biblical/theological sense, peace is an inner quiet/assurance, lack of war/violence/conflict, unity healing, reconciled relationships, justice and eternal life. Jesus,...

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