Pastoral Backstory – April 28th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – April 28th, 2016

    April 28th, 2016 The late Christopher Hitchens spoke defiantly about his perceived dangers of religious faith, the events of 9/11 catalyzing his simmering thoughts on religion into a full-scale crusade in both book and lecture. You might even have called him a prophetic voice against atrocities committed in the name of divinity. But his invective against the heinous acts of so-called religious people often distorted his...

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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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Pastoral Backstory – December 24th, 2015
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Pastoral Backstory – December 24th, 2015

        December 24th, 2015 The focus of Advent is not just that Jesus was born, but that the Jesus who was born was God become flesh. Advent is a celebration of the miracle that is the Incarnation. But would it matter to the substance of the “faith once delivered” if the child born to Mary and Joseph were only human? Some have wondered aloud even recently whether resting the faith upon such an...

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