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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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 – April 14th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – April 14th, 2016

    April 14th, 2016 You probably missed it. We were too busy waving palm branches and talking about envy to notice. But on March 20th, the world turned its despondent souls in search of mirth, merriment, and an abiding sense of well-being when it celebrated the 5th annual “International Day of Happiness” (HT: Think Theology). Conceived of by the United Nations, the day is set aside to celebrate what all humanity...

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