People of Action | Advent December 9, 2018

December 9, 2018 Kate Watkins ’19 PSALMS 25, 110; ISAIAH 5:1-7; 2 PETER 3:11-18; LUKE 7:28-35 2 Peter was written for an impatient audience. The author chides early Christian congregations for doubting the second coming of Christ, reminding them that God promises righteousness through Jesus. Christians look forward to Christmas because we await a Savior Read more about People of Action | Advent December 9, 2018[…]

Caring for our Land | Advent December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018 Margaret Overton ’20 PSALMS 49, 80, 90; ISAIAH 4:2-6; 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18; LUKE 21:5-19 Bible passages that reference nature are nearly always my favorites, but Isaiah 4:2-6 felt different, and I had a hard time figuring out where it fit in with the rest of the Christmas narrative. On the one hand, Read more about Caring for our Land | Advent December 8, 2018[…]

Known by God | Advent December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 Maddie Fowler ’21 PSALMS 16, 102, 148; ISAIAH 3:1-4; 1 THESSALONIANS 4:1-12; LUKE: 20:21-21:4 I constantly try to be who I think the world demands me to be. I constantly shape-shift between the perfect, driven, relentless student demanded at Duke, the exciting, extroverted, upbeat friend I think my peers want me to be, Read more about Known by God | Advent December 7, 2018[…]

God’s Delight | Advent December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018 Sarah Beaverson ’18 PSALM 18, 62; ISAIAH 2:5-22; 1 THESSALONIANS 3:1-13; LUKE 20:27-40 Today’s Psalm (Psalm 18:1-20) reminds us of the great power of God’s love and comfort when we are faced with destruction and overwhelmed by the negative forces of our world. In the Psalm, the Lord rescues David from the Read more about God’s Delight | Advent December 6, 2018[…]

Named by God | Advent December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018 PSALMS 33, 146; ISAIAH 1:21-31; 1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-12; LUKE 20:9-18 By Grace Smith ’20 Please read Psalm 33: My mother for ten weeks this summer in Kigali, Rwanda, was a woman named Maman Lambert. Her given name isn’t Maman Lambert- it’s Beata Mukarubuga. No, Maman Lambert is the name she gave herself. Read more about Named by God | Advent December 4, 2018[…]

How Long, God? Advent | December 3, 2018

We are excited to present you with the PCM+ Advent 2018 Devotional! Our hope is that these reflections will connect our community to you and help you reflect on the mystery of the coming of the Messiah! December 3, 2018 PSALMS 122, 145; ISAIAH 1:10-20; 1 THESSALONIANS 1:1-10; LUKE 20:1-8 By KATE WATKINS ‘19 David Read more about How Long, God? Advent | December 3, 2018[…]

Mission Trip Reflection: Mercy Church

As part of the 2016 spring break mission trip, PCM students worshipped with Mercy Church, a church for the materially poor and homeless in midtown Atlanta.  This congregation practices radical hospitality and abundant love for all who walk through the doors.  Junior Courtney Trutna (P’17) shares her reflection on worshipping with them. What was something Read more about Mission Trip Reflection: Mercy Church[…]

Student Homily: Gospel, Prisons, What To Do

Katie Becker (T’17) is studying abroad in Nicaragua and is an active part of PCM+.  She shares this homily she wrote for a liberation theology course during her abroad experience.   Matthew 25:34-40 Visiting the Prisoner The passage that you just heard is one of the most frequently cited texts of the Christian Bible. Christians frequently Read more about Student Homily: Gospel, Prisons, What To Do[…]

A Word for the Class of 2019 (and upperclassmen too)

This is a repost of a blog I wrote last year that I still believe is relevant and important as you venture off to college (or return this fall).  We’ll call it “food for thought” for the collegiate journey. Hugs, The Rev You’ve been dreaming of this day forever…college…Duke.  You got in! God is good! Read more about A Word for the Class of 2019 (and upperclassmen too)[…]

Student Blog: Some Doubt About It

By Graeme Peterson (T’17) This summer, I read a book called “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving. It’s a story about growing up, friendship, and faith in God. At one point in the novel, the main character and narrator, young Johnny Wheelwright, describes his pastor, Mr. Merrill. “Mr. Merrill,” he says, “was most Read more about Student Blog: Some Doubt About It[…]

Student Blog–Inclusivity: As Special As It Is Rare

by Katie Becker (T’17) A little over one year ago, at my convocation, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag told my class that we represented “the final culmination of the most selective admissions process in [Duke’s] history.” There is a reason that Duke’s administrators, printed materials, and website all boast about record low admission rates.  Read more about Student Blog–Inclusivity: As Special As It Is Rare[…]