More love among the ruins – Pastoral Backstory – November 30th, 2016
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More love among the ruins – Pastoral Backstory – November 30th, 2016

December 1st, 2016 We’re a little early with the Backstory because it’s a special week with a special service tonight at 6:30p.But three things herein: why union matters, why art matters, and why prayer matters (and why you might join us at tonight’s Liturgy in Blue for healing and hope)   First, to union: Magazines will at times print multiple covers for a single issue. Worship bulletins don’t have quite...

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Of reps and roses – Pastoral Backstory – August 11th, 2016
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Of reps and roses – Pastoral Backstory – August 11th, 2016

    August 11th, 2016 Prayer is for many like exercise: the idea of it that initially sparkles can in time give way to a practice that fizzles. We can’t quibble with what we find in the pages of Scripture of men, women, and children–to say nothing of Jesus himself–thinking of praying as equivalent to breathing. But integrating that fuller pattern of prayer we let Jesus underscore for us last Sunday proves...

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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 – April 28th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – April 28th, 2016

    April 28th, 2016 The late Christopher Hitchens spoke defiantly about his perceived dangers of religious faith, the events of 9/11 catalyzing his simmering thoughts on religion into a full-scale crusade in both book and lecture. You might even have called him a prophetic voice against atrocities committed in the name of divinity. But his invective against the heinous acts of so-called religious people often distorted his...

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