Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016

    June 9th, 2016 Before last night LeBron found himself in a quandary. He and his Cleveland Cavaliers had lost two straight to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. This despite having practically coasted through these playoffs, losing only two games in the last 12. But this is sport. Your past may be prologue but it’s no portent of your present. And one has no business playing unless one is both desirous...

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Pastoral Backstory – May 19th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 19th, 2016

    May 19th, 2016   We began Q&A Sunday with the story of Justine Sacco, one of many who’ve had the unenviable experience of being almost universally condemned for one reprehensible comment made on social media. Extending mercy to those like her wouldn’t have excused their public blunders, but it would’ve demonstrated an awareness of humanity’s universal propensity for acting cruelly. As we...

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Pastoral Backstory – March 17th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – March 17th, 2016

    March 17th, 2016 We’re out this week, but we’ll be here for Palm Sunday. Meanwhile we left you this essay from a doctoral student in philosophy named Luís Pinto de Sá. We’ve attended to the vices that centuries of reflection have landed on as those most prevalent and deleterious to the soul. But de Sá argues there may be another vice this modern world most tempts us with. It’s an ancient notion...

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Pastoral Backstory – March 10th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – March 10th, 2016

    March 10th, 2016 With last Sunday’s sermon on gluttony, you’d expect some leftovers. Here’s a little of what we were just too full to partake of. Laurie Shapiro is a writer who found her weight-gain inexplicable. She’d had seasons of excess eating, due to stress or pregnancies or loss, but at least during those times she could account for the gains. In recent years she’d sworn off...

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