Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016
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Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016

  October 27th, 2016   We’ve been reading of late, on a whim, the British fiction author, P.D. James’, The Children of Men. (You may have seen the film adaptation from several years ago.) The novel is what literary folk like to call dystopian. It imagines a world in which the ability to procreate has mysteriously vanished. No children exist–only the last generation to be born, now somewhere in its early...

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

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Pastoral Backstory – June 16th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 16th, 2016

  June 16th, 2016 We began last Sunday’s Q&A with a question, one I was moved to pose as I glanced at the news notification on my phone shortly after worship: if we were a church situated in Orlando, how, given all we’d just said in the sermon about our identity-driven purpose, what might we do to fulfill that purpose of being the salt and the light? Off-the-cuff questions can at best elicit off-the-cuff answers....

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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016

    June 2nd, 2016 We are beings who inhabit patterns. We literally live within a set of daily routines we’ve come to adopt over time–some we’re aware of and others we’re almost insensible to. This doesn’t set us apart. My cat awakes with a utterance understood only by her, eats until she’s full, proceeds with the obligatory post-prandial washing up, powders her feline nose, and takes a...

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