Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017
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Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017

June 8th, 2017 We begin with a follow-up from a recent Backstory. Do you remember the poignant poem we posted recently by Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia–the ode to his young son who died and which Gioia entitled “Prayer”? It so happens the poem has been set to music, and by none other than Martin Lauridsen, the composer of another piece we have a tradition of posting each Advent, (O Magnum Mysterium). The...

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Out of the miry bog – Pastoral Backstory – October 6th, 2016
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Out of the miry bog – Pastoral Backstory – October 6th, 2016

  October 6th, 2016 . . .to be is the first good, the first gift of God’s gratuitous love, and the highest good is to be joined to God in the free movement of the soul. David Bentley Hart, The Doors of the Sea Hart’s words there capture the thesis of the sermon last Sunday, our introduction to the series on Redeeming Suffering. Unless and until we grasp that highest good, we will be inclined to utter resignation when...

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Satire from a shaky place – Pastoral Backstory – August 18th, 2016
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Satire from a shaky place – Pastoral Backstory – August 18th, 2016

  August 18th, 2016   So maybe you saw this earlier in the week:   Presbyterian Church Asks Congregants To Please Silence All Movements Of The Spirit Before Service We laughed. Heartily. Then maybe a bit nervously–since satire, when done well, doesn’t let its exaggeration overshadow the pointed kernel of truth that gave rise to it. Yes, Presbyterians are known more for their clarity of thought and good order...

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