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July 07 2017 By dvirtue Archbishops criticised for inviting proposer of Scottish gay-marriage motion to York

Bishop Armes, who was invited by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, was the proposer of the motion to amend the Scottish Episcopal Church's Canon 31, on the solemnisation of holy matrimony, which was carried by the Scottish Synod last month (News, 8 June).

In a letter in this Friday's Church Times, Susie Leafe (Truro) and 14 other members of the Houses of Laity and Clergy write that they are having to consider whether to "follow our consciences and withdraw".

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July 05 2017 By dvirtue Bullied by Canterbury and the Church of England

"Jesus Christ never married or had a romantic relationship and never had sex. If we say sex is intrinsic to human fulfillment then we say Jesus was sub-human. My church has not become a safe place for me, I was bullied at school and am now being bullied by Synod." He said the CofE was in the process of pastorally undermining the church's official teaching. The vicar got a standing ovation."

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July 02 2017 By dvirtue Will the Gay Rights Lobby Ban Bible Reading?

If LGBTI activist Jayne Ozanne has her way at the CofE's General Synod in July, any counselling I offer Farhad or Smita, or any therapy I may recommend is to be condemned. For Ozanne, it is 'spiritual abuse of the worst kind.' In a private member's motion, Ozanne is asking Synod to 'condemn conversion therapy' (CT) as it 'is unethical and harmful and not supported by evidence.' Thirteen professional healthcare bodies have already endorsed the statement.

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June 30 2017 By dvirtue WHEATON, IL: "Come as you are, but leave transformed by the love of Jesus Christ"

You will see a message here at this ACNA Assembly which should be ubiquitous throughout our Communion, but sadly is not. Here there is this Gospel message that says, 'Welcome! Come as you are, and let the love of Jesus Christ transform you to become the one you were created to be--whom you long to be but may have thought it was impossible. Come join this happy band who are discovering Gospel and Kingdom life that is so fulfilling, it must be shared."

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June 29 2017 By dvirtue The Safeguarding Industry has become a Witch Hunt

Anxious to wash the blood from his hands while the mob bays for more, Archbishop Justin Welby has thrown one of his predecessors to the wolves and is determined to put an end to the global ministry of Archbishop George Carey.

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June 28 2017 By dvirtue Robert Benne: Defending Orthodoxy in a Polarized Society

Benne described his deep sadness as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) began to integrate "the polarizing trends set loose in the 60's" (e.g. feminism, the LGBTQ movement, black power, anti-imperialism) into its DNA to the detriment of orthodox Church doctrine. The ELCA adopted a "widely disliked quota system" and came within three votes of banning the name of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit from the language of worship.

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June 27 2017 By dvirtue UK: What miracle(s) does the Church (of England) need on sexuality?

I was interested that it was this one sentence that an eagle-eyed reported picked out from the fairly brief paper explaining the process of creating the promised teaching document on sexuality; perhaps it is still surprising that church leaders expect God to be involved in their processes? The paragraph quoted is worth reading in full:

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June 25 2017 By dvirtue Bishop Bruno Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The litigation grew nastier. Matters even began to sour between Bishop Bruno and his own Diocese's convention. Eventually, the original purchaser pulled out of the contract (because of the litigation, no doubt), +Bruno rejected all attempts at mediation / conciliation with the parishioners, and the Disciplinary Board's review panel ordered the matter (over +Bruno's hypocritical objections) to a full-blown, public hearing, which took place over three days at the end of March of this year.

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June 22 2017 By dvirtue Hymn writer Keith Getty: Nominal, shallow Christianity has no future, we must proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord

'But even more than that -- that it points ultimately to Christ -- that even the rocks and the hills could cry out that Jesus is Lord,' he says.

Every new song or production or company or idea is aimed at drawing people towards Christ.

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June 20 2017 By dvirtue Learning from the parable of Tim Farron

He denied that being gay is a sin, and tried to turn the conversation away from his theological views; when pressed more specifically on whether gay sex and abortion is sinful he finally was forced to say "no".

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