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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Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017
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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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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016

    June 2nd, 2016 We are beings who inhabit patterns. We literally live within a set of daily routines we’ve come to adopt over time–some we’re aware of and others we’re almost insensible to. This doesn’t set us apart. My cat awakes with a utterance understood only by her, eats until she’s full, proceeds with the obligatory post-prandial washing up, powders her feline nose, and takes a...

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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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