Dennis Johnson discussing and signing Remembering That It Happened Once: Christmas Carmen for Spiritual Life All Year Long

Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 2:00pm
161 Lexington Green Cir
Lexington, KY 40503

Dennis Johnson discussing and signing Remembering That It Happened Once: Christmas Carmen for Spiritual Life All Year Long

Sunday, November 6 at 2pm ET

Location: Joseph-Beth Lexington

Join us for Dennis Johnson discussing and signing Remembering That It Happened Once: Christmas Carmen for Spiritual Life All Year Long in collaboration with the Central Baptist Church of Lexington.

Poets have long given us poems as portals into the stunning event and astonishing affirmation at the core of Christian faith: the Eternal Word has taken on flesh in Jesus of Nazareth. This is the mystery and message this collection of poems explores.

The Latin word for “poetry” is carmen. Over time, carmen formed into our English word “charm.” These are Christmas carmen for the believer and doubter, the joyful and sorrowful, and the seeker longing for the experience of “God with us.” They are for opening the heart, widening the imagination, and shaping the soul. They are for remembering and beholding the mystery of the Incarnation in everyday life all year long.

“Dennis Johnson has gone to the huge trouble of collecting these Christmas poems that override the jadedness, the mind deadening, and the all too familiar. This wondrous collection (with much that is new) is a must-read for us. My favorite lines (so far) are from John Shea, offering a five-year-old whose ‘quarter eyes inflated to silver dollars’ and who blurts out, ‘The baby was God’! Find your own favorite here. This collection is revelatory in its force, the old revelatory narrative made freshly available and now revelatory to us here and now.” —Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

 

Dennis L. Johnson is a retired American Baptist minister with over forty years of pastoral leadership in metropolitan Chicago and Charleston, West Virginia, with special attention on worship and spiritual formation. He has served in numerous denominational roles and as seminary adjunct faculty. A personal interest has been linking faith and literature. He is the author of To Live in God: Daily Reflections with Walter Rauschenbusch. He and his wife Holly live in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Remembering That It Happened Once By Dennis L. Johnson (Editor), Bonnie Bowman Thurston (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Dennis L. Johnson (Editor), Bonnie Bowman Thurston (Foreword by)
$32.00
ISBN: 9781666732603
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Published: Resource Publications (CA) - December 27th, 2021

Remembering That It Happened Once By Dennis L. Johnson (Editor), Bonnie Bowman Thurston (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Dennis L. Johnson (Editor), Bonnie Bowman Thurston (Foreword by)
$47.00
ISBN: 9781666726497
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Published: Resource Publications (CA) - December 27th, 2021

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