“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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There’s freedom in your cell – Pastoral Backstory – July 13th, 2017
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There’s freedom in your cell – Pastoral Backstory – July 13th, 2017

July 13th, 2017 Think for a moment about the place you live–your residence. Just a quick mental tour of each room and hallway. Now imagine that space without a stitch of carpet anywhere, such that no foot fall by anyone goes unheard or unnoticed. Imagine also every room lacking full enclosing doors, denying you the privacy you sometimes prefer or just the ability to shut out the noise from the rest of the home. Finally, imagine...

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Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016

    June 9th, 2016 Before last night LeBron foundĀ himself in a quandary. He and his Cleveland Cavaliers had lost two straight to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. This despite having practically coasted through these playoffs, losing only two games in the last 12. But this is sport. Your past may be prologue but it’s no portent of your present. And one has no business playing unless one is both desirous...

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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 perceivedĀ 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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