Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017
Mar23

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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Yes, we need a little Advent – Pastoral Backstory – November 17th, 2016
Nov17

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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What now? – Pastoral Backstory – November 10th, 2016
Nov10

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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In praise of lament – Pastoral Backstory – November 3rd, 2016
Nov03

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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