More love among the ruins – Pastoral Backstory – November 30th, 2016
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More love among the ruins – Pastoral Backstory – November 30th, 2016

December 1st, 2016 We’re a little early with the Backstory because it’s a special week with a special service tonight at 6:30p.But three things herein: why union matters, why art matters, and why prayer matters (and why you might join us at tonight’s Liturgy in Blue for healing and hope)   First, to union: Magazines will at times print multiple covers for a single issue. Worship bulletins don’t have quite...

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Yes, we need a little Advent – Pastoral Backstory – November 17th, 2016
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Yes, we need a little Advent – Pastoral Backstory – November 17th, 2016

November 17th, 2016   In this week’s Backstory: suffering, politics, and Advent. We’ll see if there’s an appreciable difference between the first two, and then turn to the third as an antidote to them both.   First, suffering In the recording below are two professors, one who finds God a credible belief, the other finding such belief only a product of evolutionary adaptation. They nonetheless agree on at...

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In praise of lament – Pastoral Backstory – November 3rd, 2016
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In praise of lament – Pastoral Backstory – November 3rd, 2016

November 3rd, 2016 Whatever the outcome next Tuesday, what’s certain to follow when the networks call a winner is, among the losing side, a boiling over of anger. Not just disappointment or temporary despair–those come naturally after these agonizingly long election cycles for those whose candidate came up short. I’m talking about seething. Can anyone doubt that, regardless if the vote is close or a landslide, the...

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Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016
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Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016

  October 27th, 2016   We’ve been reading of late, on a whim, the British fiction author, P.D. James’, The Children of Men. (You may have seen the film adaptation from several years ago.) The novel is what literary folk like to call dystopian. It imagines a world in which the ability to procreate has mysteriously vanished. No children exist–only the last generation to be born, now somewhere in its early...

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