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November 21 2017 By dvirtue Welby's transgender crusade will encourage bullying, not stop it

The C of E version of the story has two drunks afflicted by cognitive dissonance. Arch of Cant 'Wobbly' Welby and his Chief Education Officer Nigel Genders (believe me, that is his real name!) are frenziedly explaining how little boys can combat the classroom bully if given permission to cast off their school uniforms and parade around dressed like drag queens. Not even Homer Simpson would come up with such a barmy solution to bullying.

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November 14 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Says Boys Can Crossdress, Wear Tiaras, Heels in 'Valuing God's Children' Report

"All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said on Monday, commenting on the "Valuing All God's Children" report.

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November 14 2017 By dvirtue Anglican bishops told to stop acting as CEOs 'chasing growth targets' and instead help depressed clergy

Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, said a target and business-like approach instilled under the current Archbishop of Canterbury, a former oil executive, was contributing to clergy stress and mental health problems.

He called for an end to 'blue-sky' thinking and warned that 'every step that the church takes down the road of managerialism and organisation is a step away from the public'.

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November 11 2017 By dvirtue The Anglican Christian Resistance, & the resignation of Lorna Ashworth

Part of the power that lies in her resignation and the depth of the challenge it poses, is the regard in which Lorna is held.

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November 10 2017 By dvirtue Leading Evangelical resigns from General Synod over 'heretical teaching'

In her resignation letter she blamed, "an ongoing and rapid erosion of faithfulness" and "an agenda of revisionism which "is masked in the language of so-called 'good disagreement,'" for her decision.

Lorna Ashworth is not alone in her concerns and she said that many were calling on the bishops of the Church of England to offer clear and courageous biblical leadership.

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November 10 2017 By dvirtue UK: Chaplains coordinate to hold 'radically inclusive' services

Trinity College chapel will host a Compline+ service on 1 November, followed by another King's service on 9 November. St John's Open Table service on 16 November will conclude the series.

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November 09 2017 By dvirtue UK: 'Stop Referring to God as 'He'!' Insists First Female Bishop in Lords

Speaking over the weekend, the Bishop used her platform to raise the subject of God's gender, saying: "In the creation narratives, we're told that God created human beings in God's likeness, and then it goes on to talk about male and female. If I am made in the image of God, then God is not to be seen as male. God is God."

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October 31 2017 By dvirtue Lessons from Lenin for the Church of England on its attendance statistics: Part 1 of 2

And there's good biblical authority for understanding what's actually happening - Matthew 16 "The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

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October 31 2017 By dvirtue 'Judgement and the Church of England'

Jesus said, "If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." (Mk 3.25).

There are at least two ways of doing theology; one primarily as a rational and intellectual act, and one by discernment of the Spirit.

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October 31 2017 By dvirtue Too few children in too many pews, latest C of E mission statistics warn

In the smallest 25 per cent of churches, the average weekly attendance by children -- at church services or Fresh Expressions on Sundays or weekdays -- was zero. In the largest 25 per cent it rose to 11; and in the largest five per cent it was 35. The median is just three.

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