Caught and culpable – a Holy Week Pastoral Backstory – April 13th, 2017
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Caught and culpable – a Holy Week Pastoral Backstory – April 13th, 2017

Do take a moment to scroll down to our Postscript for a comment about our upcoming Good Friday service. April 13th, 2017 The following meditation is taken from the book of Lamentations,  1:1-3, 16 and was given on April 10th. In the south of Poland, in a town named Zakopane, there sits a prison once used by the Gestapo in WWII where numberless men, women, and children were processed on their way to the thousands of Nazi-run...

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Out of the miry bog – Pastoral Backstory – October 6th, 2016
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Out of the miry bog – Pastoral Backstory – October 6th, 2016

  October 6th, 2016 . . .to be is the first good, the first gift of God’s gratuitous love, and the highest good is to be joined to God in the free movement of the soul. David Bentley Hart, The Doors of the Sea Hart’s words there capture the thesis of the sermon last Sunday, our introduction to the series on Redeeming Suffering. Unless and until we grasp that highest good, we will be inclined to utter resignation when...

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Pastoral Backstory – July 21st, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – July 21st, 2016

    July 21st, 2016 A recent episode of Invisibilia, the NPR podcast that likes to tell stories that live beneath the surface–the stories that might otherwise get lost in the boisterous shuffle–took up the question of personality: whether that idea of a fixed and predictable profile of one’s character even exists, and whether, despite all the conventional wisdom alleging an immutability to our makeup, we...

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Pastoral Backstory – December 17th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – December 17th, 2015

      Last call to provide food and other supplies for the DeSoto food pantry. The Mercy Cohort will conclude the drive this Sunday, December 20th. Details can be found on The City here. December 17th, 2015   At risk of appearing desperate for material, it’s worth noting and briefly exploring when a country is as transfixed on the opening of a film as it is on domestic terror, immigration policy, and interest...

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