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As the sombre observance of Good Friday approaches it is important to reflect on the horrifying reality of the cross which stands at the centre of Christian faith.

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Some Richard Rohr quotes, a few of which found their way into this morning’s sermon on “mercy”, from a book our Thursday morning study group have nearly finished reading; it only took us since 16 February 2017:

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Mediation is an important and valuable skill. What could be more powerful than the ability to stand between separate warring parties seeking a way towards reconciliation?

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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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