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February 18 2014 By virtueonline Holy Trinity Brompton and the New Form of British Evangelicalism

Here's how it works. People become Christians on Alpha, which usually introduces them not just to the gospel, but also to a particular form of middle-class, charismatic, non-confessional, low church, generic evangelicalism (which is increasingly representative of the sorts of churches they will find in their area, whether they are Anglican or not, including mine).

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February 05 2014 By virtueonline Which global church?

Many participants at the August meeting were young and reflected the enthusiasm of the fastest-growing segment of the Christian world. In 1970 Pentecostals accounted for only 5 percent of all Christians, but today Pentecostals and charismatics-including those in other denominations who exercise Pentecostal or charismatic gifts-constitute 25 percent of all the world's Christians. In Asia, 80 percent of all Christian conversions are to Pentecostal forms of Christianity.

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February 04 2014 By virtueonline Anglicanism Alive and Well - Brian Miller

It sometimes seems that Anglicans, at least in America, are like something out of a fairy-tale. We read about them occasionally, but when pressed we would have a hard time saying who they are and what exactly they have done for Christianity. It doesn't help matters that much ink has been spilled, including by myself, about the demise of the Church and its never ending controversies. But this is really only half the picture.

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January 28 2014 By virtueonline Seven Reasons Very Active Church Members Drop Out

During my 25 plus years of church consultations, I have interviewed a number of these active-to-inactive persons. Most of them shared freely and openly with me what took place in their lives, and how it impacted their ultimate decision to stop attending church.

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January 14 2014 By virtueonline Vestries: Listen to God's Call

As congregational leaders, we must confront the fact that our churches are dying. While we may wish they were timeless and eternal, at the core our churches are living human organisms, and dying is what all living organisms eventually do. But first they are born, live, adapt, create new life, and pass on their DNA to the next generation.

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January 07 2014 By virtueonline Evangelicals Find Themselves in the Midst of a Calvinist Revival

Evangelicalism is in the midst of a Calvinist revival. Increasing numbers of preachers and professors teach the views of the 16th-century French reformer. Mark Driscoll, John Piper and Tim Keller - megachurch preachers and important evangelical authors - are all Calvinist. Attendance at Calvin-influenced worship conferences and churches is up, particularly among worshipers in their 20s and 30s.

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October 09 2013 By virtueonline The State of the Church In America: Hint: It's Not Dying

While I believe we need to understand reality inside our ranks, I don't believe the situation is quite as dire as many are making it out to be. Actually, no serious researcher believes Christianity in America is dying. Not one.

Instead, I believe this current cultural shift is bringing clarity that will assist in defining who we are as Christians, and that is a good thing in some ways.

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October 09 2013 By virtueonline Abraham is God's School House of Prayer

[26] And the Lord said, "If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake."

[27] Abraham answered and said, "Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.

[28] Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?" And he said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there."

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September 26 2013 By virtueonline GOD AT WORK IN BIHAR, NORTH INDIA

Meena: Rescued from Death, Now an Evangelist

Meena Kumari was born into a traditional carpenter's family where she grew up worshipping many Hindu idols and practicing many rituals. She studied up to 9th grade, but after that her family felt that girls should not study any further and planned for her marriage. When she was 15 years old, she got a wound in her leg that she did not take seriously-she put some medicine on it but it never healed.

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September 03 2013 By virtueonline Holistic Mission?

The report calls on government to begin a process of investing serious funding in the church to make it fit for this purpose, and calls on the Archbishop of Canterbury, who would essentially be seen as the CEO of this organization, to get the church ready for this redefined mission of partnering with government.

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