Pastoral Backstory – June 16th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 16th, 2016

  June 16th, 2016 We began last Sunday’s Q&A with a question, one I was moved to pose as I glanced at the news notification on my phone shortly after worship: if we were a church situated in Orlando, how, given all we’d just said in the sermon about our identity-driven purpose, what might we do to fulfill that purpose of being the salt and the light? Off-the-cuff questions can at best elicit off-the-cuff answers....

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Pastoral Backstory – May 12th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 12th, 2016

    May 12th, 2016 So there was probably a time in your childhood when you played that game known as “telephone.” You’d sit in a circle and someone would begin by whispering a sentence into the ear of the person beside them. Then one by one the message would travel around the circle, each receiver then becoming a sender, all in hopes that the message originally sent would make its way fully intact to the...

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Pastoral Backstory – May 5th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 5th, 2016

    May 5th, 2016 Last Sunday we took a look at how Jesus defines meekness in ways that were likely unfamiliar to us. For Jesus to describe himself by the same word for meekness we found in His beatitude, associations like “timid,” “reserved,” or “passive” prove far afield of what He meant by it. He exhibited none of those. Then during Q&A we teased out a few of the domains where...

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Pastoral Backstory – April 14th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – April 14th, 2016

    April 14th, 2016 You probably missed it. We were too busy waving palm branches and talking about envy to notice. But on March 20th, the world turned its despondent souls in search of mirth, merriment, and an abiding sense of well-being when it celebrated the 5th annual “International Day of Happiness” (HT: Think Theology). Conceived of by the United Nations, the day is set aside to celebrate what all humanity...

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