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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Worley firing * Welby accused of Bait and Switch * Splits emerge in Scottish Episcopal Church * Sewanee still has not rescinded Rose's Doctorate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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November 25 2017 By dvirtue Diocese of South Carolina will appeal case to SCOTUS * Former Canadian Bishop Leaves ACoC, joins ANIC over Worley Firing * Episcopal Priest nabbed in Child Porn Sting * Safeguarding Safeguards Who? * As TEC Parishes Close, Apartments are Substituted

I suspect that large numbers of these people who identify as "evangelicals" are really just whites who watch Fox News and who consider themselves religious. --- Thomas S. Kidd (Vox News)

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November 20 2017 By dvirtue Diocese of SC Loses Appeal * Ft. Worth Bishop in Impaired Communion with ACNA * Continuers at Crossroads * Christian Leaders Disappointed in Australia backing Same-Sex Marriage * Zimbabwe will rise again * Former Bishop-Elect of Caledonia fired

"Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say "My tooth is aching" than to say "My heart is broken." -- C.S. Lewis

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November 12 2017 By dvirtue Costly San Joaquin Litigation * 106 Clergy File Amicus Brief Supporting Diocese of Sth. Carolina * Declaration Reveals Deep Divide in CofE * Evangelical Laywoman Resigns from Synod*St. James Newport Beach Reopens* Canada Apb Mulls St. Paul on S-S Marriage

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." --- Isaiah 5:20, ESV

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November 01 2017 By dvirtue Luther Lives * Oregon Episcopal Bishop Sued * VA Episcopal Parish Removes Plaques of Lee & Washington * Singapore Primate Blasts Absence of ACNA at Canterbury Primates Meeting * PB Curry Backs Colorado against Christian Bakers * Virtueonline 2.0

Past history and present reality. It is by preaching that God makes past history a present reality. The cross was, and will always remain, a unique historical event of the past. And there it will remain, in the past, in the books, unless God himself makes it real and relevant to men today. It is by preaching, in which he makes his appeal to men through men, that God accomplishes this miracle. He opens their eyes to see its true meaning, its eternal value, and its abiding merit. --- John R.W.

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October 24 2017 By dvirtue Two Groups of Anglicans * Nigerian Primate Rips Welby and Primates' Communique * Nashotah House Coup * St. James Newport Beach Disses Woman Rector * TEC Income Plunges * CofE debates holding SS services * Virtueonline 2.0

We should draw a direct line from Hugh Hefner to Harvey Weinstein. The first made the second possible.
Hefner would not have approved of rape; but the severing of sex from marriage that he vigorously sought (and achieved) led to a sexual environment with few rules--and few protections for women.
Hefner created the culture that Weinstein ravaged like a sex-crazed Gulliver. --- Owen Strachan

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October 13 2017 By dvirtue Primates' Summit a Bust says South American Primate * SC Diocese wants Conflicted Justice Removed * St. James Newport Beach Deal Cancelled * Nashotah House Culture Wars * Episcopal Academy Sexual Assault Review * Sydney Diocese Donates $1M to S-S Fight

The Reformation was not a break with the historic Church of Christ (catholic as in universal) but rather a cleansing and healing process within the ailing body of believers who were denied the clarity of the gospel and ready access to the teaching of the Bible as the ultimate authority for faith and comfort in the salvation wrought through Jesus Christ. The intent of the Reformation was benign, magnanimous, and pastoral.

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October 07 2017 By dvirtue Scottish Episcopal Church Sanctioned by Primates * Primates and GAFCON Clash Over Prayer * Four Continuing Anglican Bodies Announce Full Communion * Anglo-Catholic Bishops Clash over Nashotah House * Bruno's Restrictions Sustained * SC Bishops & Mediation

Homosexuals, by their very nature, cannot procreate. So, if they wish to expand their numbers, they can only do it by recruitment --- Bill Muehlenberg

I foresaw that the progressive party would not be content with "mutual flourishing" but would work to remove those who believed different things from them both from the places of influence within the Church [of England] and then from the Church itself. --- Bishop Gavin Ashenden

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