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(warning – this where I begin to move off into uncharted territory and may be entering a land of interpretive fantasy entirely of my own creation. This practice is sometimes known as “eisegesis” ie. reading into the text an interpretation imposed by the reader rather than seeking to allow the interpretation to emerge out of the text, a practice known as “exegesis” – shock alert: preachers sometimes engage in eisegesis!)

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In the end it turned out to be less difficult than I thought it was going to be.

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Dear Molly,

Last Sunday in church you asked me a really important question. I’m afraid my answer was not nearly as good as your question. I hope you will let me try again.

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Five times in nineteen verses the idea is repeated.

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One of the things that makes “eternal punishment” a difficult concept to address in the New Testament is that it appears only in Matthew’s Gospel.

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After writing and posting Wednesday’s post, “Listening To My Opponent” (https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/listening-to-my-opponent/) I sat down with my regular group of Wednesday guys. Fueled by coffee and muffins, we have been reading through William Paul Young’s book lies we believe about GOD.

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21‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

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I was challenged recently to consider some of the words used in our baptismal liturgy, particularly the series of questions that starts:

Celebrant: Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God? 

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I tried to ignore it. But it just kept popping up. Then I was asked by a member of the community in which I serve for a comment. So, it began to seep in and I could not remain in denial.

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Q: When liturgies no longer work how do we remain wholehearted? When old prayer forms don’t carry richness and resonance, how do we handle inbetween spaces?

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