There’s an Art to Morality – Pastoral Backstory – June 30th, 2016
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There’s an Art to Morality – Pastoral Backstory – June 30th, 2016

    June 30th, 2016 For weeks we’ve been listening to arguably Jesus’s most famous words–His Sermon on the Mount. And we’ve argued that He is outlining a whole new way to envision life–a reimagined life. That life has goodness in mind from its center to its circumference. So though the word is a bit hackneyed and freighted with unwanted associations, Jesus is reimagining a whole moral outlook....

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Some Assembly Required – June 22nd, 2016
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Some Assembly Required – June 22nd, 2016

    June 22nd, 2016 The medical profession would be very different were Abraham Verghese in charge. Serving for a year as a hospital orderly before beginning his own medical practice, Verghese discovered how those of his prestigious ilk could stand to learn from the very people who entrusted themselves to their care.  Too much of the practice of medicine, he discerned, failed to comprehend the full humanity of...

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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 9th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016

    June 9th, 2016 Before last night LeBron found himself in a quandary. He and his Cleveland Cavaliers had lost two straight to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. This despite having practically coasted through these playoffs, losing only two games in the last 12. But this is sport. Your past may be prologue but it’s no portent of your present. And one has no business playing unless one is both desirous...

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