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July 19 2017 By dvirtue Hull Minster: City of Cultured Despisers: Courtesy of the two Archbishops

The Rector of the Minister, Canon Dr Neal Barnes, who identifies himself as an evangelical, has defended his decision to host this event by appealing to the statements made by Archbishops Welby and Sentamu after the failed House of Bishops Report earlier this year. This service is being hailed as an example of the kind of 'radical inclusion' urged by the two Archbishops.

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July 19 2017 By dvirtue Gun-toting Episcopal priest in Corvette latest exemplar of Florida road rage

The two Floridians in the pickup truck who were receiving the Very Reverend Adams' silent sermon phoned the Florida Highway Patrol, in hopes of avoiding gunfire and brimstone. Moments later, a trooper pulled over the gun-slinging pastor and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

As it says in Ecclesiastes, "Wisdom is better than weapons of war."

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July 14 2017 By dvirtue Bishop of London must not be Juggler of Words lacking Integrity and Truth

One reason the Diocese of London has not gone the way of all flesh is because of the thousands of black and Asian Christians who have kept their bottoms glued to the fast-emptying pews of the CofE. In addition, Nicky Gumbel and his Alpha-based evangelical congregations have planted churches owing allegiance to the Holy Trinity Brompton brand of Christianity-lite.

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July 12 2017 By dvirtue A Tale of Two Communions

The consecration was a response to the recent decision of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC), a member church of the Anglican Communion, to amend their canons to change the definition of marriage in order to allow for the 'marriage' of same-sex couples. Importantly, the consecration took place at the request of Anglican Christians in Britain who feel alienated from their bishops by such departures from biblical orthodoxy.

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July 11 2017 By dvirtue William Campbell-Taylor, the Bishop Peter Ball Report and Clergy Abuse of Power

One particularly shocking parallel case to Bishop Ball concerns Rev. William Campbell-Taylor, a vicar in Hackney in the Diocese of London who also held public office as a Labour Party Common Councilman in the City of London Corporation. In 2014, Campbell-Taylor attempted unsuccessfully to prosecute a vulnerable male who had revealed publicly in the British Parliament that the priest had groomed the vulnerable adult and asked him for oral sex.

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July 10 2017 By dvirtue Sin at Synod- How the Church forbad forgiveness

The synod could not be bothered to define what it thought 'conversion therapy' might be. Perhaps it was simply ignorant that many Christians would see the confessional as the place where for them, conversion therapy took place, -- or perhaps in its rush to suck up secular approbation, it did not care.

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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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