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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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Good Friday appears to be a complete dead-end.

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ash-wednesdayTomorrow, if we choose to participate in an Ash Wednesday liturgy, we may receive a black smudge of ash on our forehead in the sign of a cross, as we hear the words,

Remember you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.

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It is not news, but every day it becomes more real. And for my generation it is becoming a pressing reality.

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The problem with death is that it feels so final. The material presence of a person who has died is simply gone. Depending upon our relationship with the person who has died, the sense of loss can be utterly devastating.

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This coming Sunday is likely to cast fear into the hearts of those preachers who attempt to follow the Revised Common Lectionary assigned readings as the guide for their preaching.

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I am sitting in hospice. Not much is happening at this early morning hour. Family members have taken a break from the bedside death-watch; so I am alone in this room with a man whose whole live at this moment is given over to the process of death.

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Anne Wallace died on October 27, 2015 of a massive brain hemorrhage. Anne was sixty-one-years-old. 

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The “entirely different consciousness” to which Mr. Brown alludes in his diary, is the reality upon which I have staked my life.

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Nine years before I was born, the horrifying conflagration we have come to call The Second World War, came to an end.

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