For whom the Backstory tolls – Pastoral Backstory – March 30th, 2017
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For whom the Backstory tolls – Pastoral Backstory – March 30th, 2017

March 30th, 2017 And now for something completely different. He wasn’t on the ballot in Texas, but he was a presidential candidate in some states. In the end, it looks as though he might’ve received around three votes. His name is Zoltan Istvan (HT: guess who?), the son of immigrants, and a resident of Silicon Valley, bastion of not only the cutting edge of technologies, but also of a growing interest in harnessing those...

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Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017
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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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Pay no lip service to liberty – Pastoral Backstory – March 16th, 2017
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Pay no lip service to liberty – Pastoral Backstory – March 16th, 2017

March 16th, 2017 For obvious reasons every 4th of July in New York Harbor they light up the sky around the Statue of Liberty; a celebration of freedom’s victory over tyranny makes it only fitting you locate the festivities near the one that’s come to be known as Lady Liberty. We use words like liberty and freedom interchangeably. But implicit within the idea of a land of the free is the idea of a land where justice reigns....

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