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 – June 16th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 16th, 2016

  June 16th, 2016 We began last Sunday’s Q&A with a question, one I was moved to pose as I glanced at the news notification on my phone shortly after worship: if we were a church situated in Orlando, how, given all we’d just said in the sermon about our identity-driven purpose, what might we do to fulfill that purpose of being the salt and the light? Off-the-cuff questions can at best elicit off-the-cuff answers....

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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016

    June 2nd, 2016 We are beings who inhabit patterns. We literally live within a set of daily routines we’ve come to adopt over time–some we’re aware of and others we’re almost insensible to. This doesn’t set us apart. My cat awakes with a utterance understood only by her, eats until she’s full, proceeds with the obligatory post-prandial washing up, powders her feline nose, and takes a...

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Pastoral Backstory – April 7th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – April 7th, 2016

    April 7th, 2016 You might not find a more provocative headline than the one written for a column in The New York Times last week. The article was by Professor of Philosophy at King’s College (Wilkes Barre, PA) William Irwin, entitled, “God is a question–not an answer.” The title comes from a recent work of fiction, which itself took its cue from an earlier work by Camus. But to Irwin it captured...

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