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March 02 2008 By virtueonline Fresh Expressions giving birth to new forms of church

Edited by Dr Steven Croft, the Archbishops' Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions, Mission-shaped Questions explores some of the key issues facing churches as they seek to develop new ways of 'being and doing church' for the twenty-first century, in a society that is becoming increasingly mobile, less socially cohesive, and has a weaker understanding of the Christian faith than older generations.

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February 06 2008 By virtueonline SCRIPTURE - REVELATION OR SPECULATION? - Canon Michael Green

After nearly a decade of trying to find common ground with TEC, the Global South archbishops and some others had given up hope of achieving anything by that route, and had determined to set up a Conference which would be positive, visionary and encouraging, going back to the earliest roots of Christianity, not shackled by half belief, playing at church and skepticism.

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February 02 2008 By virtueonline Gerry Charlotte Phelps - From Radical Activist To Radical Christian

While teaching economics at the University of Houston, she was arrested for armed robbery, March 22, 1969, and sent to prison with a 35 year sentence. A radical leftist, she worked for civil rights for black people and opposed the war in Viet Nam. The robbery was to fund an anti-war newspaper.

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January 29 2008 By virtueonline WASHINGTON: Mainline Church Problems Need Evangelical Solution - Rick Warren

During the Cathedral's weekly Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faith, Lloyd asked Warren how mainlines should tackle the problem.

"100 years ago the phrase 'social gospel' first came out," Warren responded. "Some people took that to mean only if we reform the social government and society and not personal faith in Christ Jesus - that is, if we make the world a better place - we don't need personal redemption."

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January 19 2008 By virtueonline ONTARIO: Starting a Church from Scratch. Houston Evangelical Manifesto

"We left everything behind when we left our former churches," says Jim Blumer, a parishioner and spokesperson for St. Barnabas Anglican Church, part of the conservative breakaway group Anglican Coalition in Canada.

Blumer's wife, Louise, made the cloth hangings that adorn the walls of the hall at the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where St. Barnabas rents space to worship.

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January 13 2008 By virtueonline Is American Christianity Turning Charismatic?

A decade ago, three out of ten adults claimed to be charismatic or Pentecostal Christians. Today, 36% of Americans accept that designation. That corresponds to approximately 80 million adults. (For the Barna survey, this included people who said they were a charismatic or Pentecostal Christian, that they had been "filled with the Holy Spirit" and who said they believe that "the charismatic gifts, such as tongues and healing, are still valid and active today.")

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January 10 2008 By virtueonline Rethinking Church in an Emergent Salon

Garrison asked about the role of doctrine in emergent experiments and the relationship between newer forms of church and traditional churches. She guides discussions on a variety of topics, asking questions such as:

How do you respond to conventional wisdom that the mainline churches are dying? (of Phyllis Tickle and Martha Grace Reese)

Why do you define "alternative worship" as postcharismatic and postevangelical? (of Jonny Baker)

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January 01 2008 By virtueonline National Campaign Of Hope Gives New Vision To Mainline Renewalists/Evangelicals

Both groups need a dramatic turnaround quickly. The latest methodological gimmicks, mega church programs, position papers or even a new denominational name on the door are inadequate for the task ahead. Termite infested houses don't recover from a new coat of whitewash... but they sometimes can be salvaged by a new foundation and steel reinforcements that are impervious to the rot.

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