Pastoral Backstory – March 31st, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – March 31st, 2016

    March 31st, 2016   We ended our series on the vices Resurrection Sunday with a macroscopic view of vice and virtue in general, and how Jesus’ Good News puts a dramatically different spin on how we typically think of them. Onlookers might think us unduly fixated on moral improvement. But exploring and answering the vices was (and is) always for the purpose of discovering the life freed from them. Conventional...

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Pastoral Backstory – March 24th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – March 24th, 2016

    March 24th, 2016   Envy is as old as humanity. Cain is only our first biblical example. But like at no other time in human history, envy may be the vice to which modern man is particularly given. Why so? Andrew Delbanco wrote a short book not so long ago entitled The Real American Dream in which he looks at the history of this country, from its founding until the present time, through the lens of what most animated...

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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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