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October 23 2018 By dvirtue THE IDENTITY POLITICS OF HEAVEN

While a few fortunate customers are reunited with long-lost relatives, most people, in return for paying for the privilege of giving their most private, personal data – their DNA – to a giant online company, are content with gaining some exciting trivia about their ethnic ancestry to share with friends.

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October 17 2018 By dvirtue Commentary on GAFCON's "Letter to the Churches"

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, who served as Convener of the Statement Group, offers commentary on the Letter to the Churches, section by section, along with insights into how it was produced, edited, and approved joyfully by the entire Assembly.

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October 17 2018 By dvirtue Faint praise for GAFCON offers no solutions for the C of E or the Communion

Professor Bray sketches a theory whereby for decades at the height of British global expansion, the really committed and single-minded Christians went overseas, leaving behind the effete, the conformist, the 'rakish'. This is updated to a comparison of committed global South Anglicans of today, often ministering in dangerous and needy contexts, with the secularized and lukewarm Church of England.

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October 16 2018 By dvirtue No, the Church is not Immune to Sexual Sin and Gender Confusion

I bet you all know the answer to this question already. Absolutely not. The Church is not immune to today's sexuality and gender issues. Why not? Because the people who make up the Church--capital "c," the global body of Jesus Christ--we are not immune to social pressures and we are absolutely not immune to sin.

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October 10 2018 By dvirtue GAFCON Chairman focuses on plight of South Sudan's Anglican Sufferers

The communique also dealt with a wide range of current concerns in Nigeria, such as the welfare of Nigerian workers, security, the state of our roads and our public health system because proclaiming Christ faithfully is motivated by love. It is not loving to obscure or twist what the Bible teaches about sex and marriage and it is not loving to pass over suffering and injustice. We demonstrate the love of God by caring for one another, especially the distressed and the vulnerable.

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October 09 2018 By dvirtue UK: Is the Bishops' Policy on Civil Partnerships Sustainable?

On further reflection, though, whilst this might be a good principle in many areas, in this area it is difficult to see it might work in practice. To take what might be an analogous situation: suppose an unmarried other-sex couple come to church. Should they be refused full participation in the church's life because they are not living in line with the Church's teaching?

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October 08 2018 By dvirtue Canterbury Anglicanism, GAFCON Anglicanism, and Scranton Anglicanism

What I am calling Canterbury Anglicanism needs little explanation. It is the prevailing ideology in the Church of England, the Episcopal Church, other First World Anglican provinces, and some Third World Anglican provinces. Two of its most glaring innovations are the admission of women to Holy Orders and the blessing of same-sex unions. Many of its adherents maintain aspects of Evangelicalism or Catholicism, with the glaring exceptions noted.

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October 08 2018 By dvirtue Scottish Episcopal Church: A Faithful Remnant

Episcopalians were obviously supporters of the Jacobite risings in 1715 and 1745. To this day they cherish the "Appine Chalice" used for the Eucharist in the field on the morning of the babble of Culloden.

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October 06 2018 By dvirtue WASHINGTON, DC: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali: Is Religious Freedom Becoming an "Orphaned Right"?

Bishop Nazir-Ali serves as the President of Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy & Dialogue. Previously he served as the 106th Bishop of Rochester in the Church of England, and the former Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan.

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September 30 2018 By dvirtue An Anglo-Catholic Responsio

Anglicanism, in all of its complexity, should not be permitted to be deconstructed into a mere 'system of thought and theology.' Rather, it is a way of life that is ordered specifically by Anglican worship, Anglican doctrine, and Anglican life. To reduce Anglican worship, doctrine, and life to the cerebral questions of thought, or theology as an intellectual enterprise, is to reduce Christianity herself to a set of propositional beliefs.

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