Pastoral Backstory – October 29th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – October 29th, 2015

      Don’t forget to set your clocks back Saturday night!   October 29th, 2015 …my thesis is always the same, and it is very simply stated. First, contemporary America is full of fear. And second, fear is not a Christian habit of mind. –Marilynne Robinson, in the essay, “Fear,” in her new book The Givenness of Things   It began with sugar. Soon after they added coffee. By the end...

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10-25-15 Rev. Peter Dishman Trouble in Philippi Acts16:16-40
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10-25-15 Rev. Peter Dishman Trouble in Philippi Acts16:16-40

10-25-15 Rev. Peter Dishman Trouble in Philippi Acts16:16-40

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Pastoral Backstory – October 22nd, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – October 22nd, 2015

      October 22nd, 2015 Though he and a couple others are off to Ft. Worth for the Mission to North America’s (MNA) Conference on Mercy, Kevin Gladding writes this week’s Backstory.   Boris Pasternak, the 20th Century Russian poet, novelist, and translator, has said, “Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” That is an interesting statement. “Surprise” is rarely something I consider when...

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Oct. 18, 2015 Rev. Patrick Lafferty Thy Kingdom Come: How it did and how it does; The Kingdom Comes by Grace Acts 15:36-16:15
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Oct. 18, 2015 Rev. Patrick Lafferty Thy Kingdom Come: How it did and how it does; The Kingdom Comes by Grace Acts 15:36-16:15

Thy Kingdom Come: How it did and how it does; The Kingdom Comes by Grace   

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Pastoral Backstory – October 15th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – October 15th, 2015

      October 15th, 2015   Let me begin this Backstory with a confession and a corresponding concern. For most of my life as a Christian I have found it difficult to keep a sustained practice of prayer; calling it a “practice” may ennoble it too much. For all the books I’ve read on prayer, for all the sermons I’ve heard extolling its virtue, for all the devotional guides I’ve picked...

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