For whom the Backstory tolls – Pastoral Backstory – March 30th, 2017
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For whom the Backstory tolls – Pastoral Backstory – March 30th, 2017

March 30th, 2017 And now for something completely different. He wasn’t on the ballot in Texas, but he was a presidential candidate in some states. In the end, it looks as though he might’ve received around three votes. His name is Zoltan Istvan (HT: guess who?), the son of immigrants, and a resident of Silicon Valley, bastion of not only the cutting edge of technologies, but also of a growing interest in harnessing those...

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Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017
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Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017

March 23rd, 2017 We dedicated this space last week to talk of justice (as a prelude to hearing what the Preacher of Ecclesiastes had to say). Where does such a monumental mandate start to play out in the “minute particulars?” A recent conference sponsored by The Front Porch (of which Rev. Anyabwile is a central player) brought together several wise minds to offer some preliminary but concrete next steps in the...

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What now? – Pastoral Backstory – November 10th, 2016
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What now? – Pastoral Backstory – November 10th, 2016

November 10th, 2016 The die is cast, the election concluded. Now we all await what a Trump presidency means for our fractured (and fractious) republic. Some find this the best news in a long time–others like nothing short of a “gut-punch.” Fear, which can be both a constructive and destructive force for change, in this instance played heavily in entrusting this power to our now President-elect–fear of losing...

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Pastoral Backstory – July 21st, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – July 21st, 2016

    July 21st, 2016 A recent episode of Invisibilia, the NPR podcast that likes to tell stories that live beneath the surface–the stories that might otherwise get lost in the boisterous shuffle–took up the question of personality: whether that idea of a fixed and predictable profile of one’s character even exists, and whether, despite all the conventional wisdom alleging an immutability to our makeup, we...

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