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December 25 2012 By virtueonline The Gospel in a Connected World -- Jay Haug

How did we get here? Despite declining religious consensus, our ability to connect has increased dramatically, through mass media, the internet and now mobile device technology. Marshall McLuhan's "global village," achieved primarily through television, was first felt most dramatically in the Kennedy assassination, played out over a dreary November weekend in 1963, which featured a live murder when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald. Having passively consumed what FCC Chairman Newton N.

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December 19 2012 By virtueonline MIDDLE EAST: A Christian Muslim Encounter: Short, Sharp and Shocking

Sitting in his shop this man started off with what he thought were the weaknesses of our faith. I had pulled up the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7) on his computer, in Arabic, and told him to read it, which he did not want to do. And then he pointed out how our book is translated, while his book is the same all over the world (in Arabic).

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December 02 2012 By virtueonline ROME, Italy: Theologian says China to have largest Christian population

Cox presented the book "Catholic Engagement with World Religions: A Comprehensive Study, in dialogue with its two editors" on Nov. 30 with cardinal Karl Josef Becker, a German theologian of the Vatican's the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The editors include Ilaria Morali of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, who also presented the book, and Cardinal Becker.

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November 29 2012 By virtueonline How To Reach The Religiously Unaffiliated - Mike McManus

Their perception is that churches are too concerned with money and power, focused on rules and overly involved in politics.

Interestingly, nearly half of religiously active Americans agree with those criticisms. For the first time, less than half of Americans call themselves Protestants. In 2007, 53% identified themselves as Protestant, but only 48% did so in 2012.

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October 08 2012 By virtueonline TORRANCE, CA: Free Mobile Clinic Opens It's Doors

People came long distances to receive care. One man came from the San Gabriel Valley for optical needs and another woman traveled 75 miles from San Bernardino and slept overnight at the Salvation Army to wait for the clinic to open in the morning. Patients were very grateful, and could not believe that clinic services were free.

While comprehensive care was offered, dental and optical needs were the most utilized services.

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October 03 2012 By virtueonline NEWPORT NEWS, VA: LivingStone Anglican Monastery enrolls interns, residents

Luken knew he wanted to live a monastic life since his early teens, but was not Roman Catholic and thus could not be admitted into a Roman Catholic monastery. It was three years ago, he said, that LivingStone Monastery off Harpersville Road welcomed him with open arms.

It took nearly two years of Franciscan study, counseling and monastic ministry before Luken was consecrated, taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

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September 21 2012 By virtueonline SORROW & BLOOD: A Resource for Intercession and Advocacy

Some of the other contributors are my friends. Dr. Isaiah M. Dau, the former principal of Nairobi Bible College, now the overseer/archbishop of the Sudan Pentecostal Church in the Republic of South Sudan, writes eloquently about the problem of evil and suffering, comparing African and Western views.

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September 18 2012 By virtueonline "He Desires a Noble Task" The Erosion of the Evangelical Pastorate

Why think this?

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September 13 2012 By virtueonline Incentives to Decline: Why Some Churches Really Don't Want to Grow

How can this be true for a faith founded on new life? If the gospel can prevail against the gates of hell, why can't it prevail against the massive decline facing our congregations?

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* First, they promote loyalty to the truth of the Bible. This massive absolute trustworthy authority gets them lots of sincere followers and provokes little challenge.

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