Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017
Mar23

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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Yes, we need a little Advent – Pastoral Backstory – November 17th, 2016
Nov17

Yes, we need a little Advent – Pastoral Backstory – November 17th, 2016

November 17th, 2016   In this week’s Backstory: suffering, politics, and Advent. We’ll see if there’s an appreciable difference between the first two, and then turn to the third as an antidote to them both.   First, suffering In the recording below are two professors, one who finds God a credible belief, the other finding such belief only a product of evolutionary adaptation. They nonetheless agree on at...

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In praise of lament – Pastoral Backstory – November 3rd, 2016
Nov03

In praise of lament – Pastoral Backstory – November 3rd, 2016

November 3rd, 2016 Whatever the outcome next Tuesday, what’s certain to follow when the networks call a winner is, among the losing side, a boiling over of anger. Not just disappointment or temporary despair–those come naturally after these agonizingly long election cycles for those whose candidate came up short. I’m talking about seething. Can anyone doubt that, regardless if the vote is close or a landslide, the...

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Pastoral Backstory – April 7th, 2016
Apr07

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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