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September 13 2017 By dvirtue 'Beware the Oppressive rainbow wooden horse'

Let's look and see what they turned out to be -- what we have welcomed into the city smuggled inside?

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September 12 2017 By dvirtue A Reflection on Primates and Meetings

In my mother tongue of Rukiga, we have a proverb that says, "Abarya kamwe," meaning "one eats with those one agrees with or are in agreement with." The Baganda say, "Oluganda Kurya," meaning literally "Brethren eat." Their saying has been shortened from the fuller proverb that says, "Because we are brothers, we can eat together." The converse is also implied -- "I cannot eat with my enemy or he who has betrayed me."

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September 12 2017 By dvirtue The First Promise Statement - 20 Years Later

I had worked for the biblical renewal of TEC for thirty years by then, and had been ordained for twenty-five, and after Philadelphia I knew absolutely that I could not go on. My personal resolution had been to follow the leadership of the bishops those of us in the Renewal thought to be "orthodox." But in Philadelphia they all were silent in the great hall when Frank Griswold was elected as the next Presiding Bishop. Not one stood in opposition after the vote to declare what we all knew.

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September 12 2017 By dvirtue Project Joseph Phase 2: Hungry Christians in Africa Desperately Need Your Help

In partnership with the churches, Barnabas Aid has already provided 12 million daily meals for Christians in Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya. The cost is $0.19 per person per day.

Praise God, rain has fallen in some parts of East Africa, but other areas remain stubbornly dry and barren -- crops cannot grow, livestock cannot survive. Some 300 new refugees arrive every day in Camp Rhino. Many of them have stories like that of Amos.

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September 10 2017 By dvirtue The disestablishment of the church is now necessary and inevitable

This week, the National Centre for Social Research published data showing that just over half the UK population describe themselves as having no religion. And only 15% see themselves as being a part of the national church, the Church of England. Which is why the disestablishment of the church is now both necessary and ultimately unavoidable.

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September 07 2017 By dvirtue A New Via Media

It seems to me, however, that another "via media" is currently emerging. I think this new middle way is going to be different. Firstly, it crosses all the old denominational lines and, indeed, even some doctrinal distinctions. Basically, it consists of people who can say the Apostles or Nicene Creeds without crossing their fingers behind their back. If anything, I think one would have to view this new middle way as being "post-denominational", i.e.

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September 05 2017 By dvirtue Why the Rejection of the Nashville Statement on Sexuality Is a Rejection of the Bible

Yes, just the most basic of the basics, reaffirming what the Church (and Synagogue) have believed about marriage and sexuality for two millennia and offering grace and mercy to all. That's why, when I was asked to be one of the initial signatories, I signed on without hesitation. What was there to disagree with?

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September 04 2017 By dvirtue Faults in the South Carolina Decision Laid Bare (II)

Rehearing is required, flat out, because respondents' due process rights to a fair and impartial tribunal were grossly violated. But rehearing would be required in any event because the bias injected into the proceedings by Justice Hearn tainted not only her conclusions, but those of Acting Justice Pleicones and of Chief Justice Beatty, as well.

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September 03 2017 By dvirtue Church's post-colonial survival lies in 'meaningful' theology

In a keynote address by video link, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, told doctoral students that in the colonial era an engagement with these areas had been seen as the preserve of the 'colonial powers', yet in some societies the challenges to the church's survival lies in such study. He called for the new programme to prioritise research into controversial topics that were beyond the scope of secular university departments and Christian seminaries.

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September 02 2017 By dvirtue The Trans dilemma: human dysphoria and the Life of Brian

After a long pause Stan mutters, "I want to be one....I want to be a woman. From now on I want you all to call me Loretta.
Reg: What!?
Stan: It's my right as a man.
Judith: Why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
Stan: I want to have babies.
Reg: You want to have babies?!?!?!
Stan: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.
Reg: But you can't have babies.
Stan: Don't you oppress me!"

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