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August 11 2018 By dvirtue Barnabas Fund founder Dr Patrick Sookhdeo in unanimous "not guilty" verdict: we reveal the facts

The Snaresbrook trial, which of course took place in a secular court, took an unexpected turn. Seemingly due to a lack of evidence, the prosecution appeared to put Patrick's faith and church practises on trial. Sadly, as has been the case in many recent trials, the police documents that might have helped the defence, either were disclosed during the trial or never disclosed (as the file had been "misplaced").

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August 09 2018 By dvirtue Edinburgh church votes to split from the Scottish Episcopal Church in early sign of schism at decision to support gay marriage

St Thomas' is the latest evangelical parish to quit the official Anglican church in Scotland and back a rival splinter movement in reaction to the vote supporting gay marriage in June last year.

A number of other churches have either left or are considering leaving in the wake of the decision to change the Scottish Episcopal Church's (SEC) definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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August 08 2018 By dvirtue A House for Fruitbombs and Saints

The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have a full-communion agreement for the exchange of clergy between their congregations, so Episcopalians can pastor Lutheran congregations and ELCA pastors can be called as rectors or vicars of Episcopal congregations.

Julig reports:

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August 07 2018 By dvirtue China demolishes hundreds of churches and confiscates Bibles during a crackdown on Christianity

Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival.

Experts and activists say that as Xi consolidates his power, he is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.

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August 03 2018 By dvirtue BARBADOS: Anglican Priest Denounced for Telling Gays the Bible Is Just 'Silly Words'

His words were met by loud applause from parade attendees. Hall also told them they were accepted into the "flock of Christ" and that God is willing to give them the Kingdom.

He also claimed that homosexuality has "always been part of the natural order of things."

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August 02 2018 By dvirtue HOLLYWOOD, CA: St. Mary of the Angels Loses Legal Battle

The ruling means the church will now resume to be under the control of the Anglican Church of America (ACA) and Los Feliz resident Marilyn Bush, who together were the key litigants in the case.

"This has been a very long [six] years finally coming to a close," Bush said in an email. "To say I am delighted is an understatement."

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July 31 2018 By dvirtue Re-branding the Church of Scotland

So far that 'radicalism' seems to be tied in with the 'solutions' offered by the theologian, Doug Gay, whose Chalmers lectures were fascinating -- not least because the solutions they offered were at best sticky plaster and cosmetic, rather than radical. --

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July 30 2018 By dvirtue Wiesenthal Center accuses Episcopal bishop of anti-Semitism

We have been unable to corroborate the bishop's stories, though there was a report from March of this year of a three year old who was temporarily detained, but in Hebron, not Jerusalem. We have reached out to the bishop's office and will update this post with any response.

Here is the statement from the Wiesenthal Center:

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July 28 2018 By dvirtue FT. WORTH: Diocese and Corporation file petition for review with Texas Supreme Court

In 2013, the Texas Supreme Court directed the lower courts to decide the property issues according to Neutral Principles of state law. The trial court did so in 2015, granting summary judgment in favor of the Diocese. The TEC plaintiffs appealed, and the now nine-year-old case was left pending for two years in the appellate court.

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July 28 2018 By dvirtue Heather Cook, ex-bishop convicted of fatally striking bicyclist with car in Baltimore, applies for work release

Cook's application is under review, according to a prisons spokesman and a letter sent to the victim's family and shared with The Baltimore Sun.

The prison system's Victim Service Unit said in the July 19 letter to the family of Thomas Palermo that placement of Cook "is to begin within the next several weeks."

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