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October 30 2017 By dvirtue Three Ways to Remember the Reformation

Just here in the Twin Cities, the coming days will feature everything from worship to workshops, plus the debuts of a Reformation-inspired symphony and a play in which the Devil prosecutes Martin Luther — with Sigmund Freud and Pope Francis as witnesses! And there’s certainly no shortage of new books to read. I’m currently in the middle of Brad Gregory’s Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World.

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October 30 2017 By dvirtue In defence of offensiveness

'Why would anyone tolerate such things from someone like you, a rotten paunch, crude ass and fart-ass?' he writes in his work Against the Roman Papacy. 'You are a crude ass, and an ass you will remain!' he tells the Holy Father. Luther's insults are legendary and Luther is an equal-opportunity insulter, making no distinction between pope and prince.

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October 26 2017 By dvirtue Weigh who you give your Charitable Dollar to at Christmas

A case in point is Food for the Poor, a Florida-based NGO, and one of the largest hunger relief and development organizations in the nation. Its Director, CEO, President, Robin G Mahfood receives a generous compensation of $438,031 in a total revenue of $1,158,156,705. What is not clearly stated is that 86.4% are "donated goods" according to a 2014 report.

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October 26 2017 By dvirtue To Win More Political Victories, Evangelicals Need To Stop Thinking Of America As 'A Christian Nation'

This decadent tableau of evangelical politics as an alliance between Moore and Trump illustrates a crisis of evangelical political activism and theology. Eighty-one percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump, despite his decades as an unabashed advertisement for most of the seven deadly sins.

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October 23 2017 By dvirtue Good Ground

Last week, one of the people in that picture died of a massive heart attack at the age of 62. Jim was the first of us to go. It was completely unexpected and it broke my heart. He had started the Fellowship with me. For some years, he was my best friend.

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October 18 2017 By dvirtue Ferrying the Primates across the rubicon: Lambeth Resolution I.10 and the 2017 Primates Meeting

In the light of the Communique from the October 2017 Primates' Meeting, I would go a step further and say that in the view of the Lambeth Establishment, Resolution I.10 was a huge mistake and aberration, the effects of which will be undone at Lambeth 2020.

Let me briefly state why the 1998 Lambeth Conference and its key Resolution constitute an historic "Rubicon" moment for Anglicanism:

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October 17 2017 By dvirtue GEORGIA: "Let the main thing be the main thing...the Gospel of the crucified, risen...Christ

Without missing a beat, he said: "So sorry. I'm overextended" . . . and that was that.

A clergyman or layman for that matter strives to "spend and be spent" in the service of Christ. But, sometimes you just have to say no.

Or, as Nehemiah says in this evening's Old Testament lesson:

"I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down."

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October 15 2017 By dvirtue Bishop Worships at the altar of the State

Wilson's suicidal policy is akin to three blind mice squabbling over a piece of cheese. When they cannot find a solution to the equal distribution of a miserable chunk of cheddar, they optimistically approach the cat, urging him to clamp down on their squeaking and grant them justice and equality.

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October 14 2017 By dvirtue Loss of Faith

The next time they were visited, we noticed some changes. The first thing that caught our attention were the two large screens flanking the altar area. As Michael was offering special music on this occasion, we also noted the new professional audio set up, with all new microphones and an expensive 24 channel digital mixer set up in the balcony.

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October 14 2017 By dvirtue Two Ways to Walk

Caminemos Juntos, which in Spanish means 'Let's Walk Together', is an Anglican Latino mission and church planting initiative for the whole of South, Central and North America.

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