“not all tears are an evil” – Pastoral Backstory – July 27th, 2017
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“not all tears are an evil” – Pastoral Backstory – July 27th, 2017

July 27th, 2017 I have always despised saying goodbyes. Whether to my grandmother as she stood frail on the porch of her powder-blue, clapboard home in Oklahoma; or to my best friend from my childhood as we departed for different universities; or to my mother in the last days of her battle with cancer. Apprehensiveness has for me been a frame of heart never quite far enough away. But parting ways and finding a fit word or act to...

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Do not go wordless into that good night – Pastoral Backstory – May 25th, 2017
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Do not go wordless into that good night – Pastoral Backstory – May 25th, 2017

May 25th, 2017   What would you say to someone who might die in days? What wisdom or comfort might you offer them? Could you offer such? In this week’s Backstory, these three: a testimony, a poem, and a song. Together they form a preface and postscript for our short series on the doctrine of resurrection from chapter 15 of Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth.       First, the testimony (which will...

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Write your obit now – Pastoral Backstory – May 18th, 2017
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Write your obit now – Pastoral Backstory – May 18th, 2017

May 18th, 2017 One day you will die. On that day someone who knew you, who loved you, may think to give notice about your death. And rather than disseminating the news through Facebook, they may perhaps prefer the more traditional way of publishing an obituary. A while back we recalled the distinction David Brooks made between “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues”: the former pointing to our capacity to get...

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Grounding your ethic – Pastoral Backstory – May 11th, 2017
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Grounding your ethic – Pastoral Backstory – May 11th, 2017

  Be sure to scroll down for a special announcement about CtK’s first VBS. May 11th, 2017   If you do not know his name you’ve probably seen his face. Neil de Grasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. In recent years he’s become a highly public voice for enriching science education in the classroom. He’s also become something of a burr in the saddle of many...

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