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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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3John the Baptist went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

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Yesterday we baptized three infants in the community I serve.

Twenty-plus years ago, the mothers of these three children were all baptized as babies in the same place.  Grandma has been a faithful member of our church community for all the years between her daughters’ and her grand-children’s baptisms.

In the twenty or so intervening years, much has changed in the world and in the church.

http://blogs.timescolonist.com/2012/10/22/what-makes-a-child/

Daniel Boyarin’s address last week ended with an opportunity for questions from the audience.

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We modern twenty-first century rational sophisticated scientific intellectual beings do not do well with the intangible realm of the spirit. If we cannot see it, touch it, smell, taste, or hear it, we tend to believe it does not exist. We suffer from spiritual myopia.

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The recent MSNBC video clip of Martin Bashir pummeling Rob Bell over his new book Love Wins has gone viral in certain Christian circles. It is painful to watch Bashir pounding on Bell using the blunt instrument of his rigid dogmatic determination that everything in life should fit into his tidy predetermined little theolgoical prison.

At one point in the interview, in the face of Bashir’s unrelenting assault, Bell says, “I am a pastor.” I think what Bell was trying to point out was that he deals with real people. And there are times when the life situations of real people transcend our neat rational formulations for how God must always work in peoples’ lives.

It is important in doing our theology to consider the realities of peoples’ lives.
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According to the National Post http://life.nationalpost.com/2011/03/07/anglicans-to-consider-opening-communion-to-unbaptized/ this week the Anglican Church of Canada House of Bishops will include in their meeting an informal discussion about who should or should not be eligible to receive Communion in an Anglican Church.
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