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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Of reps and roses – Pastoral Backstory – August 11th, 2016
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Of reps and roses – Pastoral Backstory – August 11th, 2016

    August 11th, 2016 Prayer is for many like exercise: the idea of it that initially sparkles can in time give way to a practice that fizzles. We can’t quibble with what we find in the pages of Scripture of men, women, and children–to say nothing of Jesus himself–thinking of praying as equivalent to breathing. But integrating that fuller pattern of prayer we let Jesus underscore for us last Sunday proves...

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Splendored, yes–but often splintered – Pastoral Backstory – July 7th, 2016
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Splendored, yes–but often splintered – Pastoral Backstory – July 7th, 2016

    July 7th, 2016 Intimacy was our focus last Sunday, with particular but not exclusive focus on its sexual dimension. While it sought to give clarity to some abiding questions, we know it likely provoked a host of others. Might not have been the optimal time to pause Q&A for the summer given the subject matter! But we hope to create other opportunities for discussing the issues raised (and not) by the sermon (and...

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