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January 23 2019 By dvirtue The ACNA and the Historic Priesthood

The ACNA College of Bishops recently heard from three women on the subject of women in ministry. Two of the women are ordained and one is a lay person. If the bishops are earnestly interested in listening to all views, what I offer here may be helpful. I speak as a woman in lay ministry.

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January 20 2019 By dvirtue Is Islam Ethical?

One might argue that Islamic ethics is essentially about domination. The religion provides justifications to kill non-Muslims, rape, seize lands, behead those who commit adultery (mostly pinned on women); dismember law breakers, enslave women and boys for sex, and tell lies to advance Islam. This ethical system is contrary to the values espoused by most Western young people who oppose discrimination, segregation, and the destruction of priceless artifacts.

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January 17 2019 By dvirtue Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality! Why Not?

The "Jesus never mentioned it" argument has numerous and serious flaws, so let's go through them one by one.

1. The most obvious point to make is that Jesus didn't mention any number of sins. For example, He never mentioned child sexual abuse or wife beating. Does that mean that they are no longer sins? He never mentioned transvestism (Deuteronomy 22:5). Does that make it okay now?

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The article's title was a shocker: "Popular Megachurch Pastor Says 10 Commandments No Longer Apply to Christians." To quote the article, "In a piece posted to Relevant Magazine on Monday, Pastor Stanley said that since the Ten Commandments come from the old covenant, Christians should stop erecting monuments dedicated to them...

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January 14 2019 By dvirtue Anglican bishop gives masterclass in the art of the apology

Now fast forward from 1946, when Mikes wrote his classic, to 2004 and dive into social anthropologist Kate Fox's Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. It is a book I recommended to international students when I was a university chaplain.

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January 12 2019 By dvirtue Episcopal Bishops who have been inhibited and deposed over the years

2007: Andrew Fairfield (X North Dakota);
2007: David Bena (Albany-Suffragan);
2007: William Cox (Oklahoma - Assistant)
2008: John-David Schofield (IV San Joaquin);
2008: Edward MacBurney (VII Quincy);
2008: Terence Kelshaw (VII Rio Grande);
2008: Jack Iker (III Fort Worth);
2008: Robert Duncan (VII Pittsburgh);
2009: David Bane (IX Southern Virginia);
2009: William Wantland (VI Eau Claire);
2009: Keith Ackerman (VIII Quincy);

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January 10 2019 By dvirtue Prayer urged for Chinese pastor in Chinese jail

He powerfully writes: "Separate me from my wife and children, ruin my reputation, destroy my life and my family -- the authorities are capable of doing all of these things. However, no one in this world can force me to renounce my faith."

Barnabas Fund has launched a global initiative to pray for Pastor Wang Yi through their new webpage "Christian Prisoners of Conscience". The charity has released the following prayer for use in public and private intercession:

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January 08 2019 By dvirtue FOOD FADS AND FARE GAIN

One area of distinct annoyance is the issue of conflicted dietary recommendation. Today's food columns are discredited by tomorrow's. Food is not simply a matter of appetitive consumption and leisurely entertainment over television programs, books, and experimental exotic dishes. Dietary expertise is meant to be stewardship of divinely donated resources handled with integrity for the well-being of human beings.

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January 07 2019 By dvirtue ARCHBISHOP OKOH'S EPIPHANY LETTER: A Close Reading

OKOH: To the Faithful of the Gafcon movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council.

'His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.' (Ephesians 3:10,11)

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On Boxing Day, Britain's Conservative in Name Only (CINO) government in cozy chumminess with the Church of England gave the nation a gift. The day was most certainly chosen for its significance: in British tradition postmen, errand boys, servants and the hoi polloi expect to receive a gift box from the high and mighty.

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