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 – 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 – 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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