Inaugural issues – Pastoral Backstory – January 19th, 2017
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Inaugural issues – Pastoral Backstory – January 19th, 2017

January 19th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory, The inaugural address, of life inaugurated, and how silence augurs well for something salutary. There was no precedent for what he was about to do–no template to appeal to as some security that what they were attempting had warrant for confidence. Many had called for him to be addressed as, “Your Most Benign Highness,” or “His Majesty the President.” They...

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Side dishes – Pastoral Backstory – November 24th, 2016
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Side dishes – Pastoral Backstory – November 24th, 2016

November 24th, 2016 In this abbreviated Backstory, a couple side-dishes of sorts for your Thanksgiving repast. One morsel for the right brain, one for the left brain. Both for the soul. Enjoy.     It’s possible that as you gather among friends and family today, it will be a welcome respite from the rancor all around us. It’s also possible, if not downright likely, that you will greet, hug, catch up, eat, eat some...

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Yes, we need a little Advent – Pastoral Backstory – November 17th, 2016
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Yes, we need a little Advent – Pastoral Backstory – November 17th, 2016

November 17th, 2016   In this week’s Backstory: suffering, politics, and Advent. We’ll see if there’s an appreciable difference between the first two, and then turn to the third as an antidote to them both.   First, suffering In the recording below are two professors, one who finds God a credible belief, the other finding such belief only a product of evolutionary adaptation. They nonetheless agree on at...

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In praise of lament – Pastoral Backstory – November 3rd, 2016
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In praise of lament – Pastoral Backstory – November 3rd, 2016

November 3rd, 2016 Whatever the outcome next Tuesday, what’s certain to follow when the networks call a winner is, among the losing side, a boiling over of anger. Not just disappointment or temporary despair–those come naturally after these agonizingly long election cycles for those whose candidate came up short. I’m talking about seething. Can anyone doubt that, regardless if the vote is close or a landslide, the...

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