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January 24 2018 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury Responds to Historians letter regarding the Bishop George Bell case

"I cannot with integrity rescind my statement made after the publication of Lord Carlile's review into how the Church handled the Bishop Bell case. I affirmed the extraordinary courage and achievement of Bishop Bell both before the war and during its course, while noting the Church has a duty to take seriously the allegation made against him.

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January 16 2018 By dvirtue Chuck Murphy Remembered

I found Chuck to be a supportive colleague in whom I felt free to call on whenever his expertise or guidance was needed. No one had ever taught me as much about stewardship. Even after he left the Episcopal Church to form AMiA, he would always take my call. I had described him as godly, brilliant, and focused.

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January 16 2018 By dvirtue Ten 'prophecies' for the Church in 2018

In the year that has just past I look back at my own limited involvement in the Church of Christ and am astounded at the changes -- both good and bad. So with the caveat that these are observations not 'direct words from the Lord', let me offer some predictions which seem likely in this coming year. If you compare the two lists (societal and church) you will see that there are connections.

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January 14 2018 By dvirtue Onward gay-sex missionaries, marching carefully around Islamic hotspots

-- Sung to the tune of Ten Green Bottles

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January 06 2018 By dvirtue New Year's Resolution: Forgive

Sometime after the war, she was visited by a family friend, the former Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. He saw the shell-torn trunk of the oak tree and asked about it. She replied that the tree was where her family was killed by Union cannons. She kept the tree's remains as a testimony to her grief and anger. She would never forgive them for what they did.

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January 04 2018 By dvirtue How the Queen -- the 'last Christian monarch' -- has made faith her message

A survey of the broadcasts made during her 65-year reign reveals that for most of the time the Queen has spoken only in passing of the religious significance of Christmas. There have been references to presents linking contemporary Christmas to the three wise men, for instance, alongside trips to Commonwealth countries, family events such as weddings and funerals, and there were observations about contemporary society.

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January 01 2018 By dvirtue Magician Mullally and the English rope trick

Shiphrah and Puah lived in Egypt and worked for Raamses Health Service (RHS). Sarah lived in England and worked for the National Health Service (NHS). Shiprah and Puah were called to take risks and so did not reveal their full names. Sarah was called to create safe spaces and ensure safeguarding and so she told everyone her full name -- Sarah Elisabeth Mullally.

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December 28 2017 By dvirtue Britain's Constitutional Crisis and the Politics of Sex

How was this allowed to happen? Two decisions in particular demonstrate just how irregularly British government has operated during and since the referendum.

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December 22 2017 By dvirtue Can biblical faith flourish in an intolerant secular society?

Farron is a fascinating anomaly for the governing classes who dominate the establishment and the media. He is politically left-leaning and philosophically liberal; passionately anti-Brexit, in favour of more government spending on public services and benefits for the disadvantaged; critical of conservatism. Yet he is an evangelical Christian, whose faith, as he says, is more than just cultural -- he is a true believer.

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December 21 2017 By dvirtue A letter of congratulations to the new appointee to the See of Canterbury from a leading Evangelical (1860)

Whilst I understand, and would tacitly support my brother's zeal to enrich the liturgical tradition of our Mother Church, I would ask that he would allow mutual flourishing to take place, at least allowing a place for Evangelicals like myself. We too feel we have a contribution to make.

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