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On Conversion and New Birth
By Bruce Atkinson PhD
Special to Virtueonline
December 4, 2013
This article was written partly at the suggestion of David Virtue and partly as a result of an extended conversation with my daughter Amanda Catherine, whose writing skills are more advanced than my own, and whose Master's thesis for her MA in Religious Studies at the University of Georgia in 2012 was entitled: "Pauline Conversion and the Resurrection Narrative: A Psychological Case Study."
I know of two kinds of Christians and both of these show evidence of great commitment to Christ and of growth in spiritual maturity and fruits of the Spirit. One type of Christian has never experienced a "Damascus Road moment" or similar conversion experience but their lives show a gradual growth in spiritual knowledge and wisdom. Then there are those who can point to a particular past moment in their lives of deep repentance and "born again" experience, with God showing up in a merciful and life-changing way. They will never forget this time and it has proved to be a powerful springboard for personal healing and growth.
A FELLA CALLED GOD: THE ABSENCE OF FEAR IN CONTEMPORARY FAITH
By Roger Salter
Special to Virtueonline
November 26, 2013
It was an evening service graced with royal presence and attended by eminent members of the citizenry. As the congregation made their departure from the church building one individual was overheard to comment to another, "Well, we've just been to a place to hear about a fella called God".
Such dismissiveness of God is common in our generation and at every level of modern society. It doesn't diminish or distress the Almighty but it mightily offends those who adore him and pay him the homage of their hearts and lives. In God's people there is a hunger for his glory and a jealousy for his reputation. When worms squeak their blasphemies and insults before God believers tremble at human audacity in the face of his awesomeness, its ultimate consequences, and the tragedy of inveterate irreverence. Contempt for God is the height of self-destructive folly. It is the peak of immorality and madness. It is sheer ignorance of the divine supremacy, majesty, excellence, and worthiness that demand our utmost worship and adoration.
BISHOPS, PRESBYTERS AND WOMEN
by Gerald Bray
'It is evident unto all men diligently reading Holy Scripture and ancient authors, that from the apostles' time there have been these orders of ministers in Christ's church; bishops, priests and deacons.' Thus begins the preface to the ordinal of the Church of England, which still remains one of its fundamental formularies and thus, by extension, one of the defining documents of the Anglican Communion.
When Archbishop Thomas Cranmer wrote those words in 1549, he was not being particularly controversial. It is true that some protestant churches in Germany and Switzerland had abandoned the historic episcopate, but this had as much to do with the peculiar nature of bishops in the Holy Roman Empire as it did with underlying ecclesiological principles. In Geneva for example, the city had been governed by its bishop, and no reformation of any kind would have been possible there unless and until he were removed. Feelings against episcopacy were largely political, and only later did they acquire theological justification. John Calvin was not against episcopacy in England, and is said to have recommended it as the best form of church government for Poland.
A Most Wholesome Doctrine: Justification by Faith Alone
By Jordan Lavender
Special to Virtueonline
November 24, 2013
The glorious truth of the Christian religion, in contrast with the philosophy of man, is the truth that God has loved us in such a manner that He has sent His one and only Son to die on our behalf. This sacrificial death has opened the doors of heaven to us, miserable sinners, and, through no merit of our own, God has chosen to love us and put Himself in relation to us. This great mystery of the Christian faith is just that, a mystery, "[W]e preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God" (1 Cor. 1:23-24). This Gospel of grace we preach is a mystery to us, yet, we continue to preach it because we know that God has revealed his love to us in the Scriptures. The lavish graciousness of God is the subject of this essay and the firm foundation upon which we base our belief. It is in this spirit that the English Articles of Religion rightfully proclaim this a "most wholesome doctrine".
So reads the Eleventh Article in the Articles of Religion of the Church of England, the full text of said article reads:
Concerning the Ordination of Women: Preliminaries
By William Witt
The following is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts on the question of women's ordination. This is something that I have not addressed on my blog up to this point, for a number of reasons. Most of what I write, I hope to be in the flavor of what C.S. Lewis called "mere Christianity." I prefer to be an apologist for Evangelical Catholic theology from an Anglican perspective. Theologically, my approach tends to be ecumenical, looking for areas of agreement and consensus among orthodox Christians. On the occasions where I have ventured into polemics, it has been in response to the challenges of those who reject this perspective. So I have consistently written against liberal Protestantism, which I think is the great heresy in the church today. I have engaged in argument against those who have challenged the catholicity of Anglicanism on such questions as the development of doctrine. But there are some issues on which I have not written precisely because I have preferred to avoid the kinds of heated polemics that these issues raise. I have not yet written on Christianity and politics. I have not written on women's ordination.
Kenyan Archbishop: In Defense of GAFCON
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion: The Church and Its Mission"
By Archbishop Eliud Wabukala
November 13, 2013
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala's talk was originally presented at The Ridley Institute, a confessionally Anglican school of theology at St. Andrew's ~ Mount Pleasant on November 12, 2013. Archbishop Wabukala's talk was part of a ten-week lecture series on Reformation Anglicanism.
(Editors' Note: Subheadings were added in to the text to visually break up the text and make the paper more readable. They were not originally part of the Archbishop's notes.)
My dear brothers and sisters, I want to thank you so much for your kind invitation to deliver this lecture and for your very generous hospitality. I also thank God for this opportunity to visit and stand alongside you in your struggle for the gospel here in South Carolina. The subject matter of these lectures could never of course be treated as mere ideas and your context is a sharp reminder that we are not dealing with abstract theological debate, but with the reality of spiritual warfare and the need to contend for the gospel as "the power of God for salvation" (Romans 1.16).
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