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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There’s an Art to Morality – Pastoral Backstory – June 30th, 2016
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There’s an Art to Morality – Pastoral Backstory – June 30th, 2016

    June 30th, 2016 For weeks we’ve been listening to arguably Jesus’s most famous words–His Sermon on the Mount. And we’ve argued that He is outlining a whole new way to envision life–a reimagined life. That life has goodness in mind from its center to its circumference. So though the word is a bit hackneyed and freighted with unwanted associations, Jesus is reimagining a whole moral outlook....

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Pastoral Backstory – February 4th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – February 4th, 2016

      February 4th, 2016   With Kevin coming this weekend to the end of the gauntlet that is ordination trials in the PCA, it was a pleasant bit of serendipity that I picked up the newest book from our far off friend, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson (to whom we’ve appealed before, and on successive occasions). After decades of being approached about a series of talks he gave in the 1980s, Dr Ferguson at last formatted...

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Pastoral Backstory – June 18th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – June 18th, 2015

(What is the Backstory and why?)   June 18th, 2015 They had gathered for a simple prayer meeting–maybe like the ones we gather for each month. Then something monstrous, inconceivable, unconscionable. And a church, a city, and nation are pulled back into a torrent of fear. And recrimination, which only raises the potential for it happening again. Some argue that times are better, that things have on the whole vastly...

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