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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Insulation, Coordination, Immigration – Pastoral Backstory – February 9th, 2017
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Insulation, Coordination, Immigration – Pastoral Backstory – February 9th, 2017

February 9th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory, another tragedy of insulation, compassion’s need for coordination, and the fervently informed response to immigration   It’s only been a few weeks since we recalled one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeless dictums: In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever...

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of representations and visions – Pastoral Backstory – January 26th, 2017
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of representations and visions – Pastoral Backstory – January 26th, 2017

January 26th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory, in the corner with Calvin, and in deeper with Faithful Presence   Calvin’s Corner We recently challenged you to let Calvin–his Institutes specifically–occupy some of your reading time in 2017. (If you don’t want to buy the hard copy, you can access the whole work here.) If you’ve taken us up on the idea, you’ve doubtless found him a bit heavy...

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