Laughing at life, or at death–a pre-Lenten Pastoral Backstory – February 23rd, 2017
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Laughing at life, or at death–a pre-Lenten Pastoral Backstory – February 23rd, 2017

February 23rd, 2017 There’s an old joke: Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of them says, ‘Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.’ The other one says, ‘Yeah, I know, and such small portions.’ Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life — full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it’s all over much too quickly. Woody Allen   It’s the assumption of many,...

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Embodying the Creed – Pastoral Backstory – February 16th, 2017
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Embodying the Creed – Pastoral Backstory – February 16th, 2017

February 16th, 2017   We’re weeks into a series letting the Apostles’ Creed set our agenda. To what end(s), though? How will we know if our review of its matter is starting to matter? We’ve spoken briefly as to why the creeds were formulated at all. Summarizing the “faith once delivered” helped the rapidly expanding church see the proverbial forest for the trees in what it meant to follow Jesus....

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Pastoral Backstory – May 26th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 26th, 2016

    May 26th, 2016 In our schooldays, we heard Socrates’ famous dictum that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Only reflection, the fated philosopher intoned, can yield the insight that delivers us from those distortions of thought and corruptions of heart that darken the life that can be ours. It’s for understandable reasons that his 2500 year old axiom endures, and that we find its essence...

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Pastoral Backstory – May 12th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 12th, 2016

    May 12th, 2016 So there was probably a time in your childhood when you played that game known as “telephone.” You’d sit in a circle and someone would begin by whispering a sentence into the ear of the person beside them. Then one by one the message would travel around the circle, each receiver then becoming a sender, all in hopes that the message originally sent would make its way fully intact to the...

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