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November 15 2017 By dvirtue Essentials (Part One)

History, even in personal relationships, is important. Yet, it has always amazed me that many Christians ignore or fail to look into the history of the Church. It is as though somehow at the end of the first century, the Holy Spirit took flight only to descend again in our own time (perhaps stopping in briefly at the Reformation).

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November 14 2017 By dvirtue The Church of England is sowing the seeds of its destruction

Her resignation illustrates the fissure in the church between liberals and traditionalists which is now threatening outright schism. The immediate flashpoints are gender and gay issues. Last July, the synod voted to ban sexual conversion therapy and to consider special services for transsexual people. A motion to permit the blessing of same-sex marriages has been submitted for next February's synod but has yet to be adopted for debate.

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November 08 2017 By dvirtue Dreams and Visions

I have a good friend who likes to dream. When she was a young girl, she somehow captured a small room under the stairs in her parents' house. It's where she went to create. There she would do drawings, design clothes for herself and her friends, read, and clip illustrations from magazines and pin them to the wall. Always, though, she would dream - dream of what she would create next, dream of the future and what it might hold for her.

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November 08 2017 By dvirtue Lay Chaplaincy in the ACNA

As Anglicans, we stand with orthodox Christian teaching that all believers, ordained and lay are called to serve God and others in various ways and types of ministry. Of course, some are called to ordination; when ordained in the Anglican tradition, that has almost always been to a ministry, as a parish priest, a missionary or a chaplain. While missionaries are both ordained and lay, parish priests and chaplains must be ordained, right?

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November 07 2017 By dvirtue What is the glory of God?

Kwashi starts the chapter by reminding us that God's glory is already all around us in God's creation: "This glory is to be seen in and through the whole of creation in the power, the beauty, the variety, the detail, the organization, the wisdom, the love, and the life of the universe." Kwashi cites Ps 19.1 ("The heavens declare the glory of God"), obviously rejecting the recent Western theologies that deny the existence of "natural revelation" (revelation in nature).

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November 06 2017 By dvirtue Christianity's death-bed lesson from Islam

'In a sense, we are a very unusual society,' says MacGregor. 'We are trying to do something that no society has really done. We are trying to live without an agreed narrative of our communal place in the cosmos and in time.' As the Beatles would sum it up: 'We are nowhere men, in a nowhere land, making all our nowhere plans, for nobody.'

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November 05 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Priest Confessses to posting in Canterbury Cathedral

Each presbyter at his ordination promises to, "be ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God's Word; ant to use both publick [sic] and private monitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as to the whole, within your cures, as need shall require, and occasion shall be given." We are not merely to assert biblical truth.

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November 03 2017 By dvirtue A Pyrrhic Victory in San Joaquin

And actually, those figures are not even half of the San Joaquin iceberg. For as I carefully estimated from all sources and after reviewing ECUSA's budget for the current triennium, ECUSA's litigation machine has spent a good $40 million on just legal expenses in the first six triennia of this century (it began its career of suing parishes and dioceses in 2000).

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November 01 2017 By dvirtue Biggest Threat to Christianity in 21st Century Comes From Within, Theologians Say

"That's a greater threat than Islam. Christendom. A far greater threat to Christianity than Islam is. Islam can never destroy the Gospel, but Christendom can easily destroy the Gospel and is destroying the Gospel," said Ferguson, adding, "the Church is the greatest threat to real Christianity in the world. God help us."

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November 01 2017 By dvirtue Martin Luther's American legacy, 500 years later

Luther's theses challenged the status quo of certain church teachings by his own understanding of the Bible. In doing so Luther unwittingly released a floodgate of protest and reform resulting in profound social change for Europe. Beyond Europe, Luther's legacy shaped American ideals about liberty of conscience while animating a reformist impulse.

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