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59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 

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2:18 The Jews then said to Jesus, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?  21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body.

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As I have pondered the challenge church presents particularly to people who did not grow up with any communal/institutional expression of faith, I have begun to wonder what it really is that keeps so many people so firmly planted outside of church.

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I hope that in our community:

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59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father.

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Paul T. makes a good and important point about the history of the tradition in which I serve.

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In the comments section of my blog, Paul T. pursued our conversation about the nature of institutional church life. I appreciate his critique and wish to continue responding as his points are commonly raised criticisms of religious instutitionalism.

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Yesterday I received a personal email containing some thoughtful reflections on “In A Spacious Place” (IASP) in response to my Friday post: “Devotion” https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/devotion/.

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My email inbox this morning opened to a bracing dose of encouragement for anyone who labours in the strange land of the “traditional” Christian church.

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A recent study out of University College London, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, makes some startling claims about people who identify themselves as spiritual but do not connect to any formal religion.

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