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September 24 2004 By virtueonline WHAT IS GOD DOING FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE? - by Chip Nix

They mean to make a recommendation that promises to be made public by 18 October. So that is why I write this - we all are living in this news. We will see this report soon.

How are we to understand what God is doing? How do each of us at
St. John's, Western Run understand and sort out the drama as it unfolds before us?

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September 21 2004 By virtueonline Speaking truth about terror - by Cal Thomas

As a good Baptist would say, "Amen!" It's about time somebody spoke the truth. From Russia to Iraq, from the Sudan to the Philippines, and from Madrid, Bali and Kenya to the World Trade Center in New York, a field in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon in Washington, one characteristic describes all of the killers: They are Muslims.

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September 21 2004 By virtueonline Who Owns the Church? - by Ian Hunter

Now comes the interesting legal question: who owns a church? I do not mean the theological church (which Christians sometimes refer to as the "body of Christ"), but the local building and pews, those sometimes splendid, sometimes ramshackle, edifices to which worshippers trudge on a Sunday morning to give honour and glory to God?

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September 14 2004 By virtueonline Weak leader, weak message - by Joseph D'Hippolito

This from a religious figure who personally witnessed the World Trade Center towers collapse.

As an American who saw thousands of his countrymen incinerated three years ago, I believe the good archbishop did nothing but politely revile the innocent dead and the loved ones they left behind.

Can men who hijack airplanes and plow them into buildings for the greater glory of Allah be considered the neighbors of civilized people?

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September 12 2004 By virtueonline Don't blame God, Dr. Williams - by Peter Mullen

We know of course that there is such a thing as "the problem of evil", but I have never been able to see much of a problem here. The argument was classically put by David Hume when he argued that the fact of evil in the world is not consistent with belief in a good God: "If God is omnipotent, omniscient and wholly good, whence evil? If God wills to prevent evil but cannot, then He is not omnipotent. If He can prevent evil but does not, then he is not good. In either case he is not God."

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September 11 2004 By virtueonline Confessions of an "Enthusiast" - by Robert Hart

I saw him for the first time in October of 1974, when I was sixteen years old, and only the year before had been brought into the Charismatic movement by a dramatic conversion. I was very impressed by the style and sophistication of this British intellectual, a former Cambridge Philosophy professor known throughout the world. But, he was not known as an academic, despite his credentials and background.

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September 09 2004 By virtueonline Birthing a Daughter Church - by Sam Pascoe

The fellowship that began several years ago as the outreach-oriented “On Ramp” service is going to become a new Anglican Church in Clay County, coming under the under the ecclesiastical authority of the Province of Rwanda and its Primate Emmanuel Kolini.

It will be called Emmaus Road Church (ERC). Its new rector will be the Rev. David Freels.

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September 08 2004 By virtueonline So where was God at Beslan? - by Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has admitted it led him to momentarily doubt his faith in God. He said it would be inhuman not to question one's beliefs in the light of such evil.

Dr Williams branded the terrorists' actions "evil" and called for them to be imprisoned for life.

He said, "I think it is probably the suffering of children that most deeply challenges anybody's personal faith.

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September 08 2004 By virtueonline UTAH: Moment of Truth. Episcopalians break with church over gay ordination

Both faced a moment of truth when the Episcopal Church U.S.A. voted to ordain Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire at its first openly gay bishop, an act that outraged many Episcopalians and Anglicans. Just this week, The Times of London reported that the Episcopal Church may be suspended from membership in the worldwide Anglican Communion for its approval of the ordination.

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September 08 2004 By virtueonline Oppose Hate Crime Bill, says Presbyterian Theologian

A "hate crime" bill does not reduce violent crime. It rather establishes homosexual and bisexual behavior as valued practices that society wants to promote. It opens up the possibility of criminal prosecution of persons who speak out publicly against the harmful effects of promoting homosexual practice.

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