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Archives: January 2018

Jan 11, 2018 - Kent French

Some of you are familiar with the well-known poem of Langston Hughes, "Harlem," published in 1951:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore—And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over—like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sagslike a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

It inspired Lorraine Hansberry to write the play, "...

Jan 05, 2018 - Kent French

This Sunday we'll look at the second chapter of Matthew, and re-tell the story of the Magi (wise ones) coming to visit Mary, Joseph and Jesus and bringing their well-known gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We like this story. We tell it on Christmas Eve. We re-enact it in our Christmas pageant. We sing "We Three Kings." This part of the story is sweet and slightly weird and exotic.

At verse 13, however, it...