Involuntary Illustration – Pastoral Backstory – September 8th, 2016
Sep08

Involuntary Illustration – Pastoral Backstory – September 8th, 2016

  September 8th, 2016 Nabeel Qureshi has a story to tell. He finds his roots in a sect of Islam mostly unfamiliar to the west. The Ahmadi Muslims took their lead from Mirza Ahmad, a 19th century charismatic figure thought to be the forerunner of the Islamic eschaton and a new era of peace and fulfillment of ancient expectations. Nabeel’s family embraced the Ahmadi way. Qureshi’s father, who served in the US Navy,...

Read More
Pastoral Backstory – September 1st, 2016
Sep01

Pastoral Backstory – September 1st, 2016

  September 2nd, 2016   We’re studying this week in anticipation of the fall and Advent. So for this week’s Backstory, we share a few odds and ends. None loose–all related. So let’s begin with where we left things Sunday. Rectitude–its reimagining and redemption–was our focus. We began that sermon with the candid reflections and, at least in view of his audience, radical recommendations of...

Read More
Pastoral Backstory – May 12th, 2016
May12

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...

Read More
Pastoral Backstory – January 14th, 2016
Jan14

Pastoral Backstory – January 14th, 2016

      January 14th, 2016 By now you may have heard of what’s embroiled Wheaton College in controversy. It hasn’t been pretty, but it is a potentially fruitful moment on several levels. A professor of political science, Dr. Larycia Hawkins, in response to what she felt had been an overabundance of public uncharitableness shown toward Muslims, made a counter-expression of respect. On campus and in class, she...

Read More