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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More with less – Pastoral Backstory – March 1st, 2017
Mar01

More with less – Pastoral Backstory – March 1st, 2017

March 1st, 2017 Lent, as it’s customarily thought of, inevitably invites the question of what to “give up.” As Lenten practice in other Christian traditions is composed of highly directed schedules of self-denial, almost exclusively in terms of food, it’s no wonder most people who know anything about Lent associate it with some form of abstinence. [Though, if your form of gluttony has something to do with media...

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Embodying the Creed – Pastoral Backstory – February 16th, 2017
Feb16

Embodying the Creed – Pastoral Backstory – February 16th, 2017

February 16th, 2017   We’re weeks into a series letting the Apostles’ Creed set our agenda. To what end(s), though? How will we know if our review of its matter is starting to matter? We’ve spoken briefly as to why the creeds were formulated at all. Summarizing the “faith once delivered” helped the rapidly expanding church see the proverbial forest for the trees in what it meant to follow Jesus....

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