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Scott Kinder-Pyle

Scott Kinder-Pyle
Charles Scott Kinder-Pyle goes by Scott, and loiters amid the millennial generations along the Spokane River, where he teaches, as an adjunct professor, in the philosophy departments of Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. Recently he’s accepted a part-time position as Coordinator of New Church Plants for the Northwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples)... and now enters the fun-loving fray as Interim Pastor at Origin. Here’s a little more biographical background on Pastor Scott. In 1988, he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). His work has taken him through Washington state, to Ohio, Pennsylvania (where he grew up) and back to Washington. For 16 of those years, Scott has enjoyed the creativity and adventure of starting newly forming congregations who reach out to those who feel alienated from the more formal institutions of Christianity. In 2008, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and penned a dissertation, ‘Pastor as Struggling Poet: Exploring An Alternative Mode of Missional Church Leadership.’ Then, from 2011 through 2013, Scott studied with various poets and eventually received a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry and poetics from Eastern Washington University Center for Writers. He’s been married to Sheryl, whom he met at Princeton, for nearly 30 years; they have two affectionate children (Ian and Philip), and two wondrous dogs (Pearl and Caesar).

Way, Way, Way, Back, Back, Back… to the Mytho-Poetic, Baby!

they seemed to sway the question of Intergenerational Worship away—way, way, far and away—from the ‘Entertain-Me’ inclinations of the infamous Baby Boomer generation.  And for the most part, I said “Thank the Lord and Pass the Candles.” 

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The Gap between Lightning and Thunder

There's a gap. A gap between the possibility of holiness and the convoluted facts on the ground. There’s a distance between my daydreams, in which all things seem possible, and the possibilities that spill onto the blacktop and seep into the cracks.

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Prayer begins with this B-racket

I aspire to counter that prayer-posturing, however, with halting words and with stuttering silences that actually compete with March Madness for our passions.

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Scroll Back to the Bosom of Abraham

as the Sacred Scriptures and Constitution are wont to do— the literal text tore a giant, yawning chasm between the poor slob and that infamous, rich guy with the winning temperament...

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