Pastoral Backstory – December 17th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – December 17th, 2015

      Last call to provide food and other supplies for the DeSoto food pantry. The Mercy Cohort will conclude the drive this Sunday, December 20th. Details can be found on The City here. December 17th, 2015   At risk of appearing desperate for material, it’s worth noting and briefly exploring when a country is as transfixed on the opening of a film as it is on domestic terror, immigration policy, and interest...

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Pastoral Backstory – November 26th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – November 26th, 2015

      November 26th, 2015 It would be his last poem. Shortly before his death in 1973, W.H. Auden penned “A Thanksgiving,” a reflection upon all his tutors–both those from antiquity he’d read and those from whom he’d learned firsthand. Two he mentions were part of that famous literary group of fellow Christians known as the Inklings: Charles Williams and C.S. Lewis. (Another of the...

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Pastoral Backstory – November 19th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – November 19th, 2015

      November 19th, 2015   It now sounds like most of those who perpetrated the deadly massacre in Paris last Friday were Syrian. Which means the flood of those fleeing that nation embroiled contains the very elements the wars fought, and still being fought, in those regions were meant to contain. So now the world has on its hands yet another ostensibly intractable dilemma: how to reconcile the collision...

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Pastoral Backstory – November 12th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – November 12th, 2015

Ladies are gathering to pray this Saturday at 10am. Are you coming?       November 12th, 2015   Every effort to distill Christianity down to its essence is problematic. Any one predication of what best describes this faith once delivered inevitably invites qualification. But if you had to choose between these two categories which would you say is more accurate?   Christianity is primarily a set of beliefs....

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