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May 24 2017 By dvirtue Inside North Korea: two views of Christians that prevail

Communist resistance was supported by Russia in World War Two, and managed to pin down a whole Japanese army in the East.At this point Korea was viewed as an ally.

The victors occupied Korea: the Russians occupied land north of the 38th parallel and the United States the south. The leader of the Communist resistance was Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of Kim Jong-un.In 1947 he became the supreme leader of North Korea and strict state control began.

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May 24 2017 By dvirtue Mercy has a human face (even in Manchester)

Within minutes of the assassination of our children, there was an outpouring of goodness. It began with Manchester Muslim taxi drivers turning their taxi meters off and offering to drive anyone in need anywhere. Theatre nurses on a conference near Manchester offered to come in to work with surgeons in the middle of the night. Hotels threw open their doors to give tea and shelter to anyone looking for their kids.

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A word first if I may about the term 'conservative evangelical': I prefer to call myself a 'classic evangelical' because for the vast majority of the public who are not familiar with Anglican parlance conservative evangelical could easily be construed as denoting an evangelical who supports the Conservative Party. Whilst 'classic evangelical' may conjure up images of 1950s-style Morgans or Morris Minors, I hope you do not mind if I use the term in the course of this argument.

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May 11 2017 By dvirtue IRELAND: Some reflections on General Synod 2017 - Human Sexuality Debate/Motion 12

The report met with some favorable comments and was accepted overwhelmingly.

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May 10 2017 By dvirtue "How on Earth do you forgive like this?"

"I never felt like I was a second-class citizen except between 2011 and 2013," the President Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and The Middle East recalled. Relief from encroaching political oppression came in July of 2013 "when the people removed this Islamization of Egypt," Anis, who also serves as diocesan bishop for Egypt, described.

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May 02 2017 By dvirtue WELCOME!

My wife was on a business trip and my bandmate, Michael, was doing special music for a Methodist service. I was on my own. I went online to see if anything special was happening at the church in question. My eye fell on the date of April 30th. There was to be a "Town Hall" meeting after the morning service to discuss future plans for the church. There was an open invitation to attend. This time, I knew, was going to be different.

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May 01 2017 By dvirtue Responding to the Gafcon communique: "Gretna Green and the dog that didn't bark"-opportunities and omissions

Once again, at least in Christian terms, the Anglican Church in Scotland is going to have a different attitude to marriage from the Anglican Church in and of England.

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April 28 2017 By dvirtue 'Worshipping the equality-god is a dangerous thing to do....'

Gangland culture knows all about the significance of looking. "Who are you looking act", like so many challenges isn't the question it pretends to be. The person asking the question knows very well who is being looked at. The real question is "who the **** do you think you are- looking at me straight in the eyes when you should be lowering them as a sign that you are inferior to me."

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April 24 2017 By dvirtue Church of Ireland set to vote on Pastoral Acceptance of Same-Sex Unions

The synod could not have been any clearer on the teaching of the Church of Ireland in relation to Human Sexuality and Marriage. Five years later what has changed? We have had a 'listening process' in the intervening period. However, in that period the Republic of Ireland has passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage whereas the Northern Ireland assembly, through motions of concern, blocked the same legislation being passed.

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April 24 2017 By dvirtue The welfare state has a lot to answer for

I was the youth speaker. I was asked to address the second generation. The kids were Brits--born, bred, buttered and jammed in the UK. I was preaching to a sea of young brown faces speaking in a Babel of British accents. Some of them were even saying "innit" and "yoof!" Then, after my first session at the coffee break, I heard the two magic words: welfare state. The parents of these "yoof" mobbed me and began pleading with me.

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