Pastoral Backstory – January 21st, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – January 21st, 2016

      January 21st, 2016 For close to seven months we’ve been looking to the book of Acts for guidance in how God’s presence and intention–His Kingdom–make progress into every corner and crevice. That’s a long time to consider one book of the bible. How can we make sure we take something from it that makes some appreciable difference in us? Last Sunday we considered how the Kingdom comes by...

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Pastoral Backstory – January 14th, 2016
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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...

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Pastoral Backstory – January 7th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – January 7th, 2016

        January 7th, 2016 We’re going to resume our time of monthly church-wide prayer this Sunday night. We’ll convene at the Akovenko’s. Kevin will lead us in the prayer liturgy. But there is a danger in doing so. Not because winter weather threatens. Not because we’re likely to provoke intrusion or persecution from the surrounding community. And while prayer is that context in which we...

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Pastoral Backstory – December 24th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – December 24th, 2015

        December 24th, 2015 The focus of Advent is not just that Jesus was born, but that the Jesus who was born was God become flesh. Advent is a celebration of the miracle that is the Incarnation. But would it matter to the substance of the “faith once delivered” if the child born to Mary and Joseph were only human? Some have wondered aloud even recently whether resting the faith upon such an...

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