Waiting | Advent December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018 DANIELLE LODGE ’20 PSALMS 18, 147:12-20; ISAIAH 7:1-9; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-12; LUKE 22:1-13 Waiting can usually be thought of as a passive, immobile action but in reality, you are always doing something, preparing for something ahead while waiting for its arrival. This idea of actively waiting has been in place since before Read more about Waiting | Advent December 13, 2018[…]

Praise the Lord! Advent December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 Mary Aline Fertin ’19 PSALMS 85, 94; ISAIAH 5:18-25; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-28; LUKE 21:29-38 In his sermon “Expecting the Lord’s Blessing”, the late Chinese church-planter Watchman Nee aims to depict “God’s Blessing”: “Divine activity that is not based on human activity… A working of God that is not based on our work…. Read more about Praise the Lord! Advent December 11, 2018[…]

Be Joyful in hope | December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018 Sarah Watkins ’21 PSALMS 122, 145; ISAIAH 5:8-17; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11; LUKE 21:20-28 As we reflect on the trials and tribulations of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, we should also consider the social and political upheaval happening around us. I invite you all to reflect on Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient Read more about Be Joyful in hope | December 10, 2018[…]

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[…]