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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Splendored, yes–but often splintered – Pastoral Backstory – July 7th, 2016
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Splendored, yes–but often splintered – Pastoral Backstory – July 7th, 2016

    July 7th, 2016 Intimacy was our focus last Sunday, with particular but not exclusive focus on its sexual dimension. While it sought to give clarity to some abiding questions, we know it likely provoked a host of others. Might not have been the optimal time to pause Q&A for the summer given the subject matter! But we hope to create other opportunities for discussing the issues raised (and not) by the sermon (and...

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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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Pastoral Backstory – February 25th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – February 25th, 2016

      February 25th, 2016 When the Korean War reached a stalemate in 1953, the only way to both cease hostilities and carve out some form of peaceful coexistence was to designate a region between North and South that would be a mutually-agreed sector of neutrality. It came to be known as the “Demilitarized Zone” or DMZ. It stretches 160 miles along the 38th parallel and establishes a 2.5 mile wide...

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