It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017
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It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017

April 27th, 2017   Curators have a short list of essential elements for the art galleries they oversee. They need walls on which to hang the art. They need lights to illumine the art. They need white, lint-free gloves to handle the art. They need docents to help people appreciate the art (and keep the toddlers from “adorning” the sculptures with half-eaten Cheerios.) But curators are also in the market for benches:...

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“Chance” chat – Pastoral Backstory – October 20th, 2016
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“Chance” chat – Pastoral Backstory – October 20th, 2016

  October 20th, 2016 I was sitting on the patio of Trinity Hall recently. The evening was warm, the establishment in between rush hours, which allowed for something of a brief solitude there as dusk drifted in. On the table before me, a book I brought along thinking I might peruse it in the scant minutes I had before heading off to meet my wife at another location. And then all of a sudden, another patron approaches. He asks if...

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Redeeming Suffering – Pastoral Backstory – September 29th, 2016
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Redeeming Suffering – Pastoral Backstory – September 29th, 2016

  September 29th, 2016 Born in Dallas, he moved to California in the late 1940s when his father became the dean of Talbot School of Theology in Los Angeles. He studied English at UCLA, then systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois (where he later became a professor). In time he earned his Ph.D from the University of Chicago. For his masters thesis in seminary, he chose for his focus the book of...

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Structure of the heart – Pastoral Backstory – September 22nd, 2016
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Structure of the heart – Pastoral Backstory – September 22nd, 2016

  September 22nd, 2016 Architecture is the confluence of science and art. It adheres to inviolable laws of mass, scale, and load. But it also reflects the unique sensibilities of both the architect and the era in which he finds himself. As its own art-form, architecture is a therefore a window into the heart. A structure reveals what a world finds worthy of enshrining in form and material. Andrew Wilson (remember him?) recently...

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