of sin and death – Pastoral Backstory – April 6th, 2017
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of sin and death – Pastoral Backstory – April 6th, 2017

April 6th, 2017 It was bound to happen. Koda, as many of you may know, is the most recent addition to our family: a jet black Labrador commissioned to service as a diabetes alert dog for our oldest son. She’s been specially trained to detect just by scent abrupt rises or falls in Seamus’s blood glucose levels. Those amazing powers of smell have now been finely tuned to do more than just search out food at a distance. To...

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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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Pay no lip service to liberty – Pastoral Backstory – March 16th, 2017
Mar16

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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Side dishes – Pastoral Backstory – November 24th, 2016
Nov23

Side dishes – Pastoral Backstory – November 24th, 2016

November 24th, 2016 In this abbreviated Backstory, a couple side-dishes of sorts for your Thanksgiving repast. One morsel for the right brain, one for the left brain. Both for the soul. Enjoy.     It’s possible that as you gather among friends and family today, it will be a welcome respite from the rancor all around us. It’s also possible, if not downright likely, that you will greet, hug, catch up, eat, eat some...

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