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October 30 2015 By dvirtue BAKERSFIELD, CA: New Trinity Anglican Church nears after years 'in the wilderness'

It's just the latest milestone for the congregation, which split from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in a microcosm of the nationwide philosophical schism of the mid-2000s that saw congregations in the valley and around the country leave the Episcopal Church and align themselves with the Anglican Church.

The Anglicans differ over doctrinal issues including the interpretation of scripture, the ordination of women and gays and the blessing of same-sex unions.

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October 27 2015 By dvirtue EGYPT: 'Church of the Garage' in Cairo is no longer a joke

The building of St Paul's is in the heart of Ezbet al-Nakhl, a squatter district with over 500,000 people who emigrated from the poorer southern parts of Egypt to Cairo in hopes of a better life. But life in Ezbet al-Nakhl is only marginally better than in the rural areas of Egypt. In response, the Anglican Church began its ministry in Ezbet al-Nakhl, offering a variety of social programs.

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September 24 2015 By dvirtue Iranian church sees rapid growth

In recent years, a number of Afghan Muslims have been coming to faith in Christ in Iran and in the surrounding region through the ministry of Elam's Iranian churches. Most Afghans speak Persian (Farsi), because a major language in Afghanistan is Dari, which is derived from Persian.

Reasons for growth

According to Christian organization Operation World, the Iranian church is the fastest growing church in the world.

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August 08 2015 By dvirtue A Cry for Revival: The Church and The World

I have been in the church for some time.
Long enough to see the era when the world was different from the church.
I saw the days when the world looked at the church with respect and reverence.
I saw the days when "born again" experience was the sincere bridge through which men cross from the world to the church.
I saw the days of "SU" revival when all truly converted people were so labelled by the world.

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June 04 2015 By dvirtue Recognizing Anglican Church Plants

The point of religious voluntarism was that people could respond to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit to carry out Christian mission and service without being formally established by the church hierarchy. They looked for validation and recognition not from the bishops, but from other believers. At the start of CMS no bishops would ordain people to serve with CMS so CMS began with pastors from Germany.

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May 26 2015 By dvirtue Evangelicals, Culture, and Post-Christian America

For a number of reasons, I believe that there are actually a few countries not normally considered "evangelical powerhouses" from which Christian movements may be sparked that could affect the global spread of the gospel.

I can't point to the particular place it might occur, but I believe I could point to the type of church culture in which revival could easily break out. I could also point to where, at least for a while, it's probably not going to happen--American church culture.

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May 21 2015 By dvirtue The Church Grows When...

"In an era where a pro-traditional marriage stance can close your business, drain your savings, and bury you in social media hate, every one of these churches in this last group takes an absolutist stance against gay marriage and the ordination of gay clergy. The currents of social change are flowing downstream and with them, a number of Christian churches, which perhaps coincidentally are also shrinking in size.

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March 31 2015 By dvirtue Five Resurrection Realities that Reorient Our Evangelism

1 Because the resurrection is true, proclaiming the gospel bears fruit and gives birth to faith that leads to life.

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March 29 2015 By dvirtue Effective evangelism by the whole people of God

It was a real encouragement to hear the leader of the Anglican Communion give such an unequivocal call to evangelism based on a clear commitment to and personal experience of the Christ of the Scriptures. It is also commendable that the call is for all Christians to be involved in the work of evangelism, not just a few clergy or those who seem particularly gifted.

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March 12 2015 By dvirtue RIDGELAND, SC: Holy Trinity: 'We have not broken away'

"Our contention is that we have kept the faith, we have stayed within the historic faith of the church and that our diocese, in the decision it has made to disaffiliate with the national church, is not 'leaving' the church," Gibson said. "We have not broken away, we have branched out and sought a greater unity with the worldwide church."

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