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October 21 2016 By dvirtue Jesus' good message about marriage for Australia

Jesus said that the way marriage has been from the beginning is that a man leaves his mother and father, he is joined to a woman and the two become one flesh. So faithfulness is a good thing. Enduring together is a good thing. And a partnership between people of the opposite sex is a good thing. We shouldn't tear apart a good thing that God has put together.

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October 10 2016 By dvirtue On Trump and the Judgment of God

It is hopeful because I do not believe God's judgment is about retribution, but a manifestation of hard-edged mercy. Judgment is an illumination of the ugliness that lurks within us, bringing to the surface all that we would otherwise bury so that it might be acknowledged, named, repented of, and ultimately healed.

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October 07 2016 By dvirtue Nude Female "Christa" Back at Episcopal Cathedral

Sandys' work was previously exhibited in the cathedral in 1984 as part of an exhibition on the feminine divine, but was removed after significant backlash. Then-Suffragan Bishop of New York Walter Dennis criticized the sculpture as "theologically and historically indefensible" leading to its removal from the 124-year-old gothic revival church in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood.

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September 28 2016 By dvirtue If you think the gay 'marriage' fight is over, you don't understand the nature of the war

I am neither a philosopher nor a theologian, and I possess no advanced degree, but I try to be an informed observer and reasoning contributor as best I can. As a former apologist for the sexual revolution, and as a gay man who once promoted same-sex marriage, here's what I've concluded.

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September 26 2016 By dvirtue WASHINGTON, D.C., APA researcher explodes myth: Gays aren't 'born that way'

Diamond summarized relevant findings in a lecture at Cornell University (2013), stating that abundant research has now established that sexual orientation -- including attraction, behavior, and self-identity -- is fluid for both adolescents and adults and for both genders.

This flies in the face of recent laws promoted by gay activists and passed in several states banning "reparative therapy," which seeks to help patients experiencing same-sex attraction to change.

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September 23 2016 By dvirtue Same-Sex Attraction: Is Celibacy Sufficient To Qualify For Christian Ministry?

There is no doubt that many men who experience same-sex attraction have served, or are serving, as church leaders. Where they are faithful to the gospel they have been a great blessing to the church. However in determining a biblical approach to homosexuality I fear that contemporary evangelicals have focused too simplistically on sexual behaviour as the dividing line between qualification and disqualification for ministry (or indeed church membership).

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September 16 2016 By dvirtue Clinton vs Trump: Support by Religious Affiliation

The survey, conducted July 1 -- August 28, found that the group with by far the highest opinion of Republican nominee Donald Trump was Protestants. Forty percent of Protestants said they had a favorable view of Trump, whereas only 35 percent had a favorable view of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. A greater portion of Catholics (45 percent) said they had a favorable opinion of Clinton.

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September 16 2016 By dvirtue Atheist United Church pastor faces defrocking in Canada

A story is breaking out of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, that a woman pastor with the United Church of Canada may very well have her ordination papers stripped from her, and her congregation taken away because she does not believe in God ... Jesus Christ ... the Holy Spirit ... the Trinity. Nor does she believe in anything surrounding God, such as His Written Word -- the New or Old Testaments -- the Virgin Mary, the Annunciation, and the Incarnation.

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September 15 2016 By dvirtue Massachusetts Forces LGBT 'Accommodation' Rules on Churches

The restrictions are massive. Any "public accommodation" must allow patrons to use men's or women's restrooms -- and locker rooms and changing rooms -- "consistent with their gender identity." Such places must also "use names, pronouns, and gender-related terms appropriate to employee's stated gender identity in communications with employee and with others."

These are not small asks for churches, Christian schools, and other organizations which operate on Christian principles.

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September 15 2016 By dvirtue OXFORD: Conference explores the issue of religiously inspired violence

The three-day conference with over 100 speakers from over 30 countries expressed the tension between advocates of religious freedom and ideologues for human rights. Dr Cole Durham, founding director of ICLRS and himself a Mormon asked whether provision should not be made for a pharmacist who objected to giving the morning after pill if a nearby pharmacist would.

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