Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

“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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The Gift of Hope

Hope is not an easy word for children and many adults. Hope goes beyond “wishful thinking.” Hope, in the biblical understanding knows that God is in charge of the world. Often we forget this fact. At times we think we are in charge, or the...

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Exactly what are Values of the Two-Year College.

Superior schooling within this nation is speedily turning into a need within the venture group as a substitute for an extravagance. With the previous the people today who had a secondary faculty teaching continue to experienced the prospect to manufacture a superior society for themselves...

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The Gift of Love

The hymn by Christina G. Rossetti, “Love came down at Christmas” uses the word “love” many times. At times it is a metaphor for Jesus and/or God; at other times human love is her focus. Read this hymn prayerfully several times.   Love came down at Christmas Love...

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