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October 04 2016 By dvirtue The Parable of the Hyena at Night

As they continued in their conversations along the road, they came upon a most surprising sight. Heading towards them was an African archbishop, wearing his mitre that sat a tad squiff on his head and limping along as though injured. His progress was aided by three Americans from Manhattan.

When the two walking parties met, one of the Americans asked directions. 'We have lost our way,' he said.

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September 27 2016 By dvirtue Welby proves a wolf in shepherd's clothes as he devalues marriage

The sheep baa-ed and bleated with pleasure. Then, as the shepherd threw away his crook and began to divest himself of his shepherd's garments, they gasped in horror. The Head Shepherd was none other than their old enemy the wolf. They had been warned to beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing but they had never been warned to beware of wolves disguised in a shepherd's mitre and crosier.

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September 21 2016 By dvirtue The Parable of the Sheepdog With a White Collar

Then the master told his disciples a parable. 'A blacksmith in this town had a sheepdog that was very well trained. It won many medals and wore a beautiful white collar, of which it was very pleased. The dog was very sure of itself, especially its ability to stay in control of situations no matter how chaotic things became. Eventually, the dog took to playing in traffic. 'Look at me,' the dog would say, 'I am in control and safe even in the traffic on this busy highway!'

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September 20 2016 By dvirtue THE POWER OF THE LAITY

But, for many decades now there has been a recognition that 'God's Frozen People' (to use the title of a popular book from the 1960s) needed to be unfrozen and the opportunities for public ministry have grown enormously. The biblical teaching that the church is the Body of Christ has become central to our way of thinking and the gifts of God's people recognised, at least in theory.

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September 19 2016 By dvirtue Tom Holland: Why I was wrong about Christianity

With time, it darkened further still. My obsession with dinosaurs -- glamorous, ­ferocious, extinct -- evolved seamlessly into an obsession with ancient empires. When I read the Bible, the focus of my fascination was less the children of Israel or Jesus and his disciples than their adversaries: the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Romans.

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September 19 2016 By dvirtue The Bible unequivocally prohibits homosexuality

'One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit,' claims Prof Frankfurt. As a test case let's examine Archbishop Barry Morgan's address to the Church of Wales, delivered on the eve of his retirement. Does it come under the category of bullshit?

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue UK: Trust not in the large conservative commuter churches

With the leadership of the Church of England now seemingly unwilling to defend biblical teaching on marriage and human sexuality, and the tacit or even official authorisation of services of same-sex blessing looking likely, are English confessing Anglicans capable of doing an ACNA?

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue Why I was wrong about Christianity

With time, it darkened further still. My obsession with dinosaurs -- glamorous, ­ferocious, extinct -- evolved seamlessly into an obsession with ancient empires. When I read the Bible, the focus of my fascination was less the children of Israel or Jesus and his disciples than their adversaries: the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Romans.

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September 16 2016 By dvirtue A Response to the Archbishop of Wales' Defense of Same-Sex Relationships

The second part of the Archbishops first argument is that we need to interpret Biblical texts with principles rather than follow the teaching of concrete texts. (He might have said this more directly.) He will later in his speech argue in favour of a particular principle, which will be addressed anon. Here, we simply need to note that his argument is simply an assertion.

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September 13 2016 By dvirtue We must engage with Bashar al-Assad if there is to be regime change in Syria

This is why the leadership of all the churches in Syria, including Syrian Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Armenian and Evangelical is unanimous in its opposition to the extremists and in its advocacy of peaceful change in the land.

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