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May 25 2018 By dvirtue On Gaza and Israel

One lesson I learned from this is to be wary of what the media tell us about Israel.

I wish Rich Mouw knew about some of this. Rich is the distinguished scholar and President Emeritus of Fuller Seminary. He is a friend and ally on many issues.

But I am afraid that his recent screed against Israel over the violence in Gaza was uninformed and, and as a result, unfair. While desiring to help defend Palestinians, he perpetuates a false narrative that only hurts Palestinians.

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May 23 2018 By dvirtue The Presiding Bishop's 15 minutes of fame

Michael Curry had a captive audience.

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May 23 2018 By dvirtue A Gay Man's Reaction to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Sermon

Others have written more eruditely about the falsehoods propagated by this false teacher. What though is more significant is the apparent departure of many Christians in this country from the gospel. Either they did not understand it in the first place, and therefore are likely not to be Christians or the spirit of this world and the deceiver has blinded their eyes.

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May 20 2018 By dvirtue Episcopal Presiding Bishop gets bully pulpit at royal wedding; and he uses it

King originally preached this during a sermon entitled "Loving Your Enemies" when the young, not yet-30-year-old was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

In trying to explain the power of love, the Presiding Bishop said: "Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we're all here. Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up!"

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Am I being unfair? Read for yourself the following interview which Archbishop Welby gave in GQ magazine:

GQ: Is gay sex sinful?

JW: You know very well that is a question I can't give a straight answer to....

GQ: Why can't you?

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May 16 2018 By dvirtue What Should Christians Think about Israel's Seventieth Birthday?

First, Israel is a beacon of light in the darkness of the Middle East. The Jewish state is the only nation in that vast region where Arabs can criticize the government by day and not worry that thugs will knock on their door that night. It is the only country in the region where Arab Christians can raise their children with full religious freedom. Everywhere else in that neighborhood Christians take risks to go to church or train their children to follow Jesus openly.

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What about the other millions of non-Western Anglicans? The TEC Task Force on Marriage felt obliged to poll the various Provinces of the Anglican Communion, knowing that the overall response would be negative. After all, 576 bishops had voted for Lambeth Resolution I.10, and both coalitions of Global South Anglicans had reaffirmed Lambeth I.10 as recently as October 2016.

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May 09 2018 By dvirtue The Impairment Commission's Intervention

"We are recommending actions that promote a significant cultural shift in the Episcopal Church," the report said. "These recommendations address the problem of impaired leaders, but they also diagnose and suggest treatment for an impaired system that maintains denial and helplessness toward addiction, mental illness, and physical disease."

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May 06 2018 By dvirtue Contention 5A: THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND TRIAL [USE] MARRIAGE

TEC's strike-through key is called "trial use." The idea of "Services for Trial Use" goes back about seventy years when the Episcopal Church decided to update its 1928 Book of Common Prayer. In my early years in ministry, I survived the revisions of the "Green Book" and the "Zebra Book" and finally the three-year "provisional" Prayer Book that was approved at the Church's General Convention in 1979.

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May 05 2018 By dvirtue How To Kill A Church In Just A Few Easy Steps

Episcopalianism has been skidding into oblivion for decades now. They lost over 30 percent of their members during the nineties. In this century, they've been losing about 2 percent a year. Today there are fewer Episcopalians in America than Jews or Mormons. This is significant because the latter groups have always been relatively small minorities in America, while the Episcopal church was once the largest church in the nation. It's been all downhill since then.

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