It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017
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It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017

April 27th, 2017   Curators have a short list of essential elements for the art galleries they oversee. They need walls on which to hang the art. They need lights to illumine the art. They need white, lint-free gloves to handle the art. They need docents to help people appreciate the art (and keep the toddlers from “adorning” the sculptures with half-eaten Cheerios.) But curators are also in the market for benches:...

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Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017
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Regroup or Redouble? – Pastoral Backstory – March 23rd, 2017

March 23rd, 2017 We dedicated this space last week to talk of justice (as a prelude to hearing what the Preacher of Ecclesiastes had to say). Where does such a monumental mandate start to play out in the “minute particulars?” A recent conference sponsored by The Front Porch (of which Rev. Anyabwile is a central player) brought together several wise minds to offer some preliminary but concrete next steps in the...

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Pastoral Backstory – May 26th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – May 26th, 2016

    May 26th, 2016 In our schooldays, we heard Socrates’ famous dictum that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Only reflection, the fated philosopher intoned, can yield the insight that delivers us from those distortions of thought and corruptions of heart that darken the life that can be ours. It’s for understandable reasons that his 2500 year old axiom endures, and that we find its essence...

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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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