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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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 – April 7th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – April 7th, 2016

    April 7th, 2016 You might not find a more provocative headline than the one written for a column in The New York Times last week. The article was by Professor of Philosophy at King’s College (Wilkes Barre, PA) William Irwin, entitled, “God is a question–not an answer.” The title comes from a recent work of fiction, which itself took its cue from an earlier work by Camus. But to Irwin it captured...

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