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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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Why do I care about the niqab debate that has taken on such prominence in the current Canadian Federal election?

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There is a profound moment in Bill Moyer’s interview with Joseph Campbell, an exchange in which the viewer can see Moyer’s utter bewilderment at Campbell’s vision. Campbell is recounting an audience he had with the Hindu teacher Sri Krishna Menon. As is the custom, the Swami invites him to ask a question.
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It is difficult to know how to even begin trying to really connect with small children about Good Friday. How do you convey something of the reality of the cross to children under ten years old. Each year for the past few Good Fridays, I have written a story to try to communicate some sense of what Good Friday might mean with the children at church.

This year’s story was called “A Jewish Carpenter’s Son.” It is told in the voice of nine year old Jacob. It attempts to portray Good Friday. But I admit it slips over into Easter.
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You have set my feet in a spacious place ~ Psalm 31:8

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