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August 06 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Seven: Reaching Out to God's World

God So Loved the World

Our conference theme has been "Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations." We have received the gospel through the faithful witness of previous generations. Yet there are still billions of people who are without Christ and without hope. Jesus taught his disciples: "this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations" (Matthew 24:14).

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August 03 2018 By dvirtue Feminism as a Victim Mentality Disorder cannot counter Muslim misogyny

I will argue that modern feminism is a social movement that attracts adherents who are vulnerable to or already possess certain severe emotional problems. In other words, the feminist way of perceiving the world is both an expression of and an encouragement to disordered and irrational thinking. In particular, feminism manifests many elements of a Victim Mentality Disorder (VMD).

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August 03 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Six: Reordering the Communion

Global Anglicans, as I have argued, are Great Commission Christians, catholic Christians, and Reformation Christians. None of the climactic events or the classic creeds and confessions of church history have occurred without contention and conflict. The first Council of Jerusalem addressed the challenge of Jewish Christians who questioned St. Paul's ministry to the Gentiles.

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July 29 2018 By dvirtue Getting Saved

I often then challenge those same students -- as N.T. Wright's work challenged me more than a decade ago -- to think a little more carefully about what Jesus meant in, say, the first chapter or two of Mark, when he traveled around preaching the gospel. And it's not that hard to move from that question to the basic summary of the good news as we find it in the Gospels: The kingdom of God is here, and its presence is directly related to Jesus' ministry.

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July 27 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE 2018 GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Five: Reforming God's Church

Global Anglicans are Great Commission Christians, proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations in the power of the Spirit (Jerusalem Declaration, clause 1 and 9); they are catholic Christians, committed to the historic creeds, councils and order of the Church (clauses 3 and 7); and they are Reformation Christians, upholding and building on the confessional heritage of the 16th-17th century Church of England (Canon A5, clauses 2,4, 5, and 6).

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July 27 2018 By dvirtue Famed Islam scholar lays out the history of jihad

The History of Jihad makes it clear that most of what people in the U.S. think they know about Muhammad, Islam in general, and Islam's bloody record throughout history, is wrong. The most shocking portions of this book detail the centuries-long and astonishingly bloody jihad against India.

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July 25 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE GAFCON 2018 LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part One: Preparations

A day or two prior to the presentation of the Gafcon Letter to the Churches, people would come to me and ask how it was going. "I am not a woman," I'd reply, "but I think it feels something like the labor pains before delivery. Not pleasant at all when you are in the midst of it, but, one hopes, with a happy issue at the end." In a larger sense, I believe that through the Gafcon movement, which entails much grief and labor, God is bringing a new heir of the Anglican tradition, to birth.

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July 24 2018 By dvirtue A Message From Bishop Love Concerning the 79th General Convention

All together over 400 resolutions were presented during the 10 days of General Convention, most of which will have little to no impact on the Diocese of Albany or the world around us. With that said, there were a few resolutions of great significance that will greatly impact the Diocese of Albany and the wider Episcopal Church. Some of which were positive and others I see as greatly problematic.

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July 23 2018 By dvirtue The origins of GAFCON 2018

No motions were presented at Lambeth 2008. None are expected at Lambeth 2020. This feels like the actions of a government that knows it will lose a Commons vote.

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July 23 2018 By dvirtue COMMENTARY ON THE 2018 GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Four: Proclaiming God's Gospel

As agreed at our first meeting, the Statement Group followed the topics of the Conference plenaries. The first section on "Proclaiming God's Gospel" falls into two main segments: the first part defines the Gospel and the second part defends it from false teachings and substitutes.

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