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March 10 2018 By dvirtue Gulf Widens Between Western Provinces and Global South * Christchurch, NZ Ratifies Gay Marriage * PB Curry Pushes Pseudo Evangelism * Pittsburgh Episcopalians/Anglicans Settle Property Dispute * TEC-SC Files New Lawsuit *Albany Bishop Rips Interfaith talk

We live in a culture where the prevailing wisdom is that we are justified in our actions if we believe that God or Nature has made us the way we are. "We are born this way...." This is the justification for many who choose alternative lifestyles, differing sexual identities, and genders. It is also the justification for anti-social behavior and refusal to accept the work requirements necessary for education attainments, occupational training, and healthy family life.

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February 23 2018 By dvirtue Three Evangelical Groups Merge in UK * No Conspiracy in Sudanese Woman Bishop Election * Billy Graham Dies * Evangelicals Decry US Gun Culture * C of E Statistics Reveal Church in Decline * Anglican Theology Conference to Draw Leading Theologians

The gun is our Moloch. We sacrifice children to him daily--sometimes, as at Sandy Hook, by directly throwing them into the fire-hose of bullets from our protected private killing machines, sometimes by blighting our children's lives by the death of a parent, a schoolmate, a teacher, a protector. Sometimes this is done by mass killings (eight this year), sometimes by private offerings to the god (thousands this year).

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February 10 2018 By dvirtue Okoh says CofE Sexual Innovations Could Lead to Communion Split * DC Diocese Eliminates Male Language * Sudan Ordains First Woman Bishop * 3,000 Sex abuse Cases Reported in CofE * Jerusalem Anglicans ordered to pay $2 Million to City in taxes

Life expectancy decrease is about more than just drugs. Anne Casae, an economist at Princeton University who has published and researched so-called "Deaths of Despair", notes, it's also about suicide and alcohol, especially among white people. She says "we think of it all being signs that something is really wrong and whatever it is that's really wrong is happening nationwide". She points to the decline of well-paying jobs with annual increases, job security and good benefits.

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January 29 2018 By dvirtue Welby Faces Pushback over Bishop Bell Accusation * Changing Face of Anglo Catholicism * Church of South India ABC Charged with Embezzlement * New Anglican Jurisdiction Formed in Zimbabwe * Anglicans and Methodists Talk Unity * Tennessee faces S-S Crisis

Fully human. If sex is for marriage, what does the Bible say about singleness? First, it reminds us that Jesus himself was single, although he is also set before us as God's model for humanness. This should not lead us to glorify singleness (since marriage is God's general will for human beings, Gn. 2:18) but rather to affirm that it is possible to be single and fully human at the same time!

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January 02 2018 By dvirtue 2018: A YEAR OF HOPE FOR THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION?

Within his own Church of England, Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic forces are challenging his leadership paradigm and they are determined to maintain doctrinal orthodoxy or face him with the possibility of schism. Bishop Rod Thomas, a man Welby laid hands on to meet the ecclesiastical needs of evangelicals, said as much on a radio show debate challenging arch lesbian Jayne Ozanne over sexuality issues.

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December 23 2017 By dvirtue 2017 a bad Year for ABC * 2018 Holds little Hope for Anglican Communion Reconciliation * ABC called on to Resign over Bishop Bell allegations * New Welsh Primate says Respectful Disagreement should hold Communion together * ISIS Spooks National Cathedral

"Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just; a God who is all love, but not holy; a God who has a heaven for everybody, but a hell for none; a God who can allow good and bad to be side by side in time, but will make no distinction between good and broad in eternity. Such a God is an idol of your own, as truly an idol as any snake or crocodile in an Egyptian temple. The hands of your own fancy and sentimentality have made him.

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December 15 2017 By dvirtue TEC runs $4.5 Million Deficit; 40% goes to Administration * Nigerian Primate Takes Swipe at Welby * ACO Secretary General Pushes back on Okoh, supports ABC * Primate of Rwanda to Retire * Road Rage Episcopal Priest gets Probation * Bishop Bell exonerated

Christian civil disobedience. Discipleship sometimes calls for disobedience. Indeed, civil disobedience is a biblical doctrine, for there are four or five notable examples of it in Scripture. It arises naturally from the affirmation that Jesus is Lord. The principle is clear, even though its application may involve believers in agonies of conscience. It is this.

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December 09 2017 By dvirtue AMiE Ordains Nine Men in UK * Pope, Evangelicals, Welby, Rabbi Sacks weigh in on Status of Jerusalem US Embassy move * ACNA leaders Erupt over Women's Ordination Task Force * ACNA Apb visits Rwanda * New Welsh Primate * News from Canada and Egypt

Social righteousness. It would be a mistake to suppose that the biblical word 'righteousness' means only a right relationship with God on the one hand and a moral righteousness of character and conduct on the other. For biblical righteousness is more than a private and personal affair; it includes social righteousness as well.

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December 02 2017 By dvirtue Welby Criticizes Trump * Oregon Bishop off the Hook over Assault Allegations * Apb. Privett Fails to explain Worley firing * Welby accused of Bait and Switch * Splits emerge in Scottish Episcopal Church * Sewanee still has not rescinded Rose's Doctorate

Evaluating culture. Culture may be likened to a tapestry, intricate and often beautiful, which is woven by a given society to express its corporate identity. The colours and patterns of the tapestry are the community's common beliefs and common customs, inherited from the past, enriched by contemporary art and binding the community together. Each of us, without exception, has been born and bred in a particular culture.

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