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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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Cynthia Bourgeault: Substitutionary atonement theology was there from the beginning in the Old Testament in the Temple theology with its sacrificial system and they just took the system and that was in place thirty years after Jesus’ death.

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Richard Rohr: If holy affirming is first of all life, then the holy denying is almost inevitable, otherwise we would idolize the holy affirming. It keeps everything flowing. We can’t have it forever. Everything passes away. This everything that passes away is also reborn in God.

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Richard Rohr:

I told Cynthia that she has this marvelous ability to talk with intellectual brilliance but she always brings it down into the heart. The head and the heart work together so beautifully.

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Every conversation with a human being is a two-way street.

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I get the accusation of being a universalist all the time.

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The last William Paul Young post originally included a short comment from Mr. Young on Galatians 1:16 and 17. I have separated it out and commented on it here because it is so provocative I did not want it to get missed.

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