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November 08 2017 By dvirtue Dreams and Visions

I have a good friend who likes to dream. When she was a young girl, she somehow captured a small room under the stairs in her parents' house. It's where she went to create. There she would do drawings, design clothes for herself and her friends, read, and clip illustrations from magazines and pin them to the wall. Always, though, she would dream - dream of what she would create next, dream of the future and what it might hold for her.

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November 08 2017 By dvirtue Lay Chaplaincy in the ACNA

As Anglicans, we stand with orthodox Christian teaching that all believers, ordained and lay are called to serve God and others in various ways and types of ministry. Of course, some are called to ordination; when ordained in the Anglican tradition, that has almost always been to a ministry, as a parish priest, a missionary or a chaplain. While missionaries are both ordained and lay, parish priests and chaplains must be ordained, right?

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November 07 2017 By dvirtue What is the glory of God?

Kwashi starts the chapter by reminding us that God's glory is already all around us in God's creation: "This glory is to be seen in and through the whole of creation in the power, the beauty, the variety, the detail, the organization, the wisdom, the love, and the life of the universe." Kwashi cites Ps 19.1 ("The heavens declare the glory of God"), obviously rejecting the recent Western theologies that deny the existence of "natural revelation" (revelation in nature).

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November 06 2017 By dvirtue Christianity's death-bed lesson from Islam

'In a sense, we are a very unusual society,' says MacGregor. 'We are trying to do something that no society has really done. We are trying to live without an agreed narrative of our communal place in the cosmos and in time.' As the Beatles would sum it up: 'We are nowhere men, in a nowhere land, making all our nowhere plans, for nobody.'

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November 05 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Priest Confessses to posting in Canterbury Cathedral

Each presbyter at his ordination promises to, "be ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God's Word; ant to use both publick [sic] and private monitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as to the whole, within your cures, as need shall require, and occasion shall be given." We are not merely to assert biblical truth.

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November 03 2017 By dvirtue A Pyrrhic Victory in San Joaquin

And actually, those figures are not even half of the San Joaquin iceberg. For as I carefully estimated from all sources and after reviewing ECUSA's budget for the current triennium, ECUSA's litigation machine has spent a good $40 million on just legal expenses in the first six triennia of this century (it began its career of suing parishes and dioceses in 2000).

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November 01 2017 By dvirtue Biggest Threat to Christianity in 21st Century Comes From Within, Theologians Say

"That's a greater threat than Islam. Christendom. A far greater threat to Christianity than Islam is. Islam can never destroy the Gospel, but Christendom can easily destroy the Gospel and is destroying the Gospel," said Ferguson, adding, "the Church is the greatest threat to real Christianity in the world. God help us."

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November 01 2017 By dvirtue Martin Luther's American legacy, 500 years later

Luther's theses challenged the status quo of certain church teachings by his own understanding of the Bible. In doing so Luther unwittingly released a floodgate of protest and reform resulting in profound social change for Europe. Beyond Europe, Luther's legacy shaped American ideals about liberty of conscience while animating a reformist impulse.

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October 31 2017 By dvirtue Through the Looking Glass

These days, I feel very much like Alice. I've walked through the looking glass into a strange new world. It's 2017 and we have a television reality show host as President of the United States. After years of dedicated public servants like Richard Lugar of Indiana and Sam Nunn of Georgia seeking to reduce nuclear stockpiles world-wide, we're now hearing about a new arms race.

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October 30 2017 By dvirtue Three Ways to Remember the Reformation

Just here in the Twin Cities, the coming days will feature everything from worship to workshops, plus the debuts of a Reformation-inspired symphony and a play in which the Devil prosecutes Martin Luther — with Sigmund Freud and Pope Francis as witnesses! And there’s certainly no shortage of new books to read. I’m currently in the middle of Brad Gregory’s Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World.

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