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March 24 2017 By dvirtue The Gathering Storm: Religious Liberty in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution

Speaking thirty years ago, Attorney General Meese warned that "there are ideas which have gained influence in some parts of our society, particularly in some important and sophisticated areas that are opposed to religious freedom and freedom in general. In some areas there are some people that have espoused a hostility to religion that must be recognized for what it is, and expressly countered."[1]

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March 20 2017 By dvirtue The Shack -- The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

In the shack, "Mack" meets the divine Trinity as "Papa," an African-American woman; Jesus, a Jewish carpenter; and "Sarayu," an Asian woman who is revealed to be the Holy Spirit. The book is mainly a series of dialogues between Mack, Papa, Jesus, and Sarayu. Those conversations reveal God to be very different than the God of the Bible. "Papa" is absolutely non-judgmental, and seems most determined to affirm that all humanity is already redeemed.

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March 19 2017 By dvirtue On the Bishop of Burnley; Where is the Surprise here?

When women's ordination burst forth through the irregular ordinations of the Philadelphia 11 on July 29, 1974, The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America became snake bit. Now the Church of England has become dragon bit and the Archbishop of Canterbury will not rise up as a dragonslayer as the godly St. George did. The famed dragonslayer is the patron saint of England and his St.

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March 19 2017 By dvirtue A New Era

As we study the Reformation Church, we recognize that it is impossible to view the events, personalities and emerging theological perspectives without also taking in the emergence of nation-states, the transformation wrought by the printing press, or, indeed, the troubled marriages of England's Henry VIII. In the modern era, it is almost impossible to separate the Enlightenment from the evangelical revivals of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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March 13 2017 By dvirtue Philip North crisis: 'Good Disagreement' has become 'bad bullying'

I was half mistaken certainly. I thought it very unlikely that a non-progressive would be elected to a diocese at this stage of the struggle for the biblical and spiritual integrity of the Church of England. His election proved me half-mistaken. The second question I had to ask myself, and I have been asking ever since they were formulated, is 'were the Five Guiding Principles fact or fiction?'

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March 12 2017 By dvirtue World-Renowned Reparative Therapist Has Died

Jeremy Schwab Kelly wrote on FACEBOOK, "There was never anyone "harmed" by his work or any Reparative Therapy. Anyone who says that is lying through their teeth. Every aspect of his work was about reducing shame and bringing real healing. I am alive today because of him as are thousands of others."

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March 07 2017 By dvirtue Expository Preaching--The Antidote to Anemic Worship

Though most evangelicals mention the preaching of the word as a necessary or customary part of worship, the prevailing model of worship in evangelical churches is increasingly defined by music, along with innovations such as drama and video presentations. When preaching the word retreats, a host of entertaining innovations will take its place.

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March 06 2017 By dvirtue "Here and Now"

I would like to suggest that all of this tends to fall into a category that C.S. Lewis and Owen Barfield called "chronological snobbery".

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March 05 2017 By dvirtue The false gospel of feminism is a pagan gospel

Only this time it is being recast as The Itchy, Scratchy, and Touchy Victims Show. The itchy, scratchy and touchy victims are priestesses in the Diocese of Sheffield. The vampire and villain is the wicked ogre Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, who has been nominated to the See of Sheffield. Bishop Philip is a traditionalist, you see, who does not believe in "wimmin's" ordination.

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March 02 2017 By dvirtue How Overworked Clergy Culture Undermines A Healthy Theology Of Sacrifice

This reality -- that clergy's whole lives are seen as witness and example -- is one of the great challenges of ministry. It can often lead to the expectation that pastors are always available to those they serve, always working. And this culture of being overworked leads to alarming rates of clergy burnout, depression, and poor physical health. Though numbers vary between denominations, studies indicate that as many as 1-in-5 pastors leave ministry within the first five years.

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