Art lurking in life – Pastoral Backstory – December 15th, 2016
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Art lurking in life – Pastoral Backstory – December 15th, 2016

December 15th, 2016 We’re going to make a party out of art this weekend (more on that below). But art, as we’ve noted here and there, has a presence far wider than galleries or museums. Art’s purview extends into domains we don’t typically associate with creative expression. In this Backstory we consider three: in difference, in repentance, and in our common life.   First the art of disputation. The...

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Pastoral Backstory – May 26th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 26th, 2016

    May 26th, 2016 In our schooldays, we heard Socrates’ famous dictum that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Only reflection, the fated philosopher intoned, can yield the insight that delivers us from those distortions of thought and corruptions of heart that darken the life that can be ours. It’s for understandable reasons that his 2500 year old axiom endures, and that we find its essence...

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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 – 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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