Pastoral Backstory – June 16th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 16th, 2016

  June 16th, 2016 We began last Sunday’s Q&A with a question, one I was moved to pose as I glanced at the news notification on my phone shortly after worship: if we were a church situated in Orlando, how, given all we’d just said in the sermon about our identity-driven purpose, what might we do to fulfill that purpose of being the salt and the light? Off-the-cuff questions can at best elicit off-the-cuff answers....

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Pastoral Backstory – December 10th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – December 10th, 2015

      Last call to provide food and other supplies for the DeSoto food pantry. The Mercy Cohort will conclude the drive Sunday, December 20th. Details can be found on The City here. December 10th, 2015 So in Q&A last Sunday I threw out this item about a study concerning the effect of religious upbringing on children’s propensity for altruism. Published in the journal Current Biology, the researchers from...

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Pastoral Backstory – December 3rd, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – December 3rd, 2015

      Correction: We listed the Mercy Cohort’s email address incorrectly last week. The correct address is [email protected] We regret the error. –Ed. December 3rd, 2015 Last night at our Liturgy in Blue three of our own shared their stories of grief–what occasioned it, what the experience of it has been like, and what they’re needing from God so that they might mourn as those “not...

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Pastoral Backstory – September 3rd, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – September 3rd, 2015

      September 3rd, 2015 There’s that moment when Peter finally gets it. From nearly the first moment he’d met this teacher from who knows where, this fisherman saw in him something profoundly different–so different he couldn’t almost bear to be in His presence: “depart from me, for I am a sinful man” (Lk 5). Jesus had a way about Him that made men feel like they wanted to be...

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