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February 17 2017 By dvirtue Why Churches Should NOT Fear the "Nones"

Jones' claims that the refusal to bend to cultural trends and accept gay marriage (which he labels anti-gay) puts the evangelical portion of White Christian America at odds with younger Americans (132-137). There's a subtle suggestion that evangelicals should follow their mainline brethren and bend or reject traditional Christian biblical and theological teaching on marriage as a strategy to broaden its appeal to younger Americans.

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February 16 2017 By dvirtue Letter from 14 Retired Bishops on House of Bishops Same Sex Marriage Report

So when a report emerges that is the subject of major controversy within the church and society some retired bishops will wish to do what the signatories of this letter are seeking to do, namely to reflect from their particular perspective on what our successors are seeking to say and do about an issue that has been a longstanding source of concern and contention.

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February 15 2017 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Manipulative, domineering revisionists must be opposed, not appeased

In all of these cases and many more, when the people of God are being led astray by "hollow and deceptive philosophy" (Colossians 2:8), the sad but necessary requirement is not "peace, peace, where there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14) but conflict: Ephesians 6:10-18.

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February 12 2017 By dvirtue A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Herewith are some pertinent extracts, with my annotations in between:

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February 10 2017 By dvirtue The time for shared conversations is over -- the Senior Bishops now need to act

Since 2014, seeing events unfold... the legalisation of same sex marriage, the quadruple lock, the rise of GAFCON, the facilitated conversations, and now the publication of the House of Bishops' report on Marriage and Same Sex relationships... I have often pondered over that brief yet candid conversation.

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February 09 2017 By dvirtue Tempted by the favors of power

Case in point: the president's executive order suspending the refugee resettlement program and restricting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The order would close our borders to desperately vulnerable people, many of whom have already done great service to our country. It flies in the face of biblical teaching and is an affront to the example of Christ, especially because it includes an exception for religious minorities living in the seven named countries.

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February 08 2017 By dvirtue The Iwerne female cooks helped me find salvation

She recounted: 'I was discreetly steered away from volunteering for a helicopter trip advertised over breakfast; told off for stopping to chat to a young man I was introduced to destined for the same Oxford college...and finally for talking to some boys who lay down near us at the swimming pool. It was the last straw: it was politely suggested I should leave, as I didn't fit in.'

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February 07 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Bishops' Report: More questions than answers

Despite my sympathies, I have tried to find an objective point between the hermeneutics of suspicion and the hermeneutics of hope. I've tried to read all 19 pages of GS 2055 inductively, asking what the text really says. All 19 pages are agonizing to read--rather like an essay which reads "on the one hand" and "on the other hand" with no resolution.

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February 07 2017 By dvirtue Growth and decline in the Anglican Communion

In his introduction and survey of the material in the book, Goodhew counters the theory that the church will inevitably decline where Western secular culture is strong (citing Singapore, Sydney and London as examples of Anglican growth). The idea linking church growth to population growth in the developing world is also a myth, as Nigeria and South Africa have seen similar demographic changes but Nigerian Anglicanism has exploded while in South Africa things have remained static.

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February 07 2017 By dvirtue A Response to the Bishops' Report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

We are told repeatedly that pastoral provision for same-sex couples is required, that those in committed relationships should be affirmed and that guidance should be issued for clergy to 'shape prayers' for those entering same-sex relationships. How will such prayers be different from public liturgy and how will they relate to the marriage service and the Church's teaching on marriage?

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