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November 06 2018 By dvirtue What will be the cost of discipleship for confessing Anglicans in Oxford Diocese

Before looking at the implications of the Oxford bishops' letter, it is important to define what a Confessing Anglican is. It is an Anglican Christian worshipper who believes ex animo in the historic Reformed Catholic teaching of the Church of England as expressed in its 39 Articles of Religion, Book of Common Prayer and Ordinal.

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November 02 2018 By dvirtue Secularism on the March: The Abolition of Marriage and Family

First of all, I am a son, a husband, a father, and a grandfather. I used to boast at UCU about having an "African family." We have five children and seven grandchildren, with more, we hope, to follow. We have an African daughter-in-law (from Kenya) and an African granddaughter (from Uganda). Peggy and I celebrated our fortieth anniversary at UCU in 2007 -- I preached a sermon to the students then -- and we celebrated our fiftieth anniversary a year ago August.

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October 31 2018 By dvirtue Frankenscience

Well, why not? This new field of Frankenscience is already creating a host of "chimeras" in the lab -- combining human-pig embryos, for example -- perfect for Halloween, wouldn't you say? Or perhaps a troubling sequel to "Back to the Future"?

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October 31 2018 By dvirtue Stephen Sizer: Christian Support for Zionism is a Danger

Sizer has drawn criticism from the Board of Deputies of British Jews for alleged anti-Semitic views and comments; including sharing a web site over social media in 2015 that asserted Israel was responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Sizer later issued an apology, and an investigation by his Church of England diocese resulted in the Anglican clergyman directed to suspend use of social media for a period of six months.

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October 23 2018 By dvirtue THE IDENTITY POLITICS OF HEAVEN

While a few fortunate customers are reunited with long-lost relatives, most people, in return for paying for the privilege of giving their most private, personal data – their DNA – to a giant online company, are content with gaining some exciting trivia about their ethnic ancestry to share with friends.

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October 17 2018 By dvirtue Commentary on GAFCON's "Letter to the Churches"

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, who served as Convener of the Statement Group, offers commentary on the Letter to the Churches, section by section, along with insights into how it was produced, edited, and approved joyfully by the entire Assembly.

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October 17 2018 By dvirtue Faint praise for GAFCON offers no solutions for the C of E or the Communion

Professor Bray sketches a theory whereby for decades at the height of British global expansion, the really committed and single-minded Christians went overseas, leaving behind the effete, the conformist, the 'rakish'. This is updated to a comparison of committed global South Anglicans of today, often ministering in dangerous and needy contexts, with the secularized and lukewarm Church of England.

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October 16 2018 By dvirtue No, the Church is not Immune to Sexual Sin and Gender Confusion

I bet you all know the answer to this question already. Absolutely not. The Church is not immune to today's sexuality and gender issues. Why not? Because the people who make up the Church--capital "c," the global body of Jesus Christ--we are not immune to social pressures and we are absolutely not immune to sin.

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October 10 2018 By dvirtue GAFCON Chairman focuses on plight of South Sudan's Anglican Sufferers

The communique also dealt with a wide range of current concerns in Nigeria, such as the welfare of Nigerian workers, security, the state of our roads and our public health system because proclaiming Christ faithfully is motivated by love. It is not loving to obscure or twist what the Bible teaches about sex and marriage and it is not loving to pass over suffering and injustice. We demonstrate the love of God by caring for one another, especially the distressed and the vulnerable.

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October 09 2018 By dvirtue UK: Is the Bishops' Policy on Civil Partnerships Sustainable?

On further reflection, though, whilst this might be a good principle in many areas, in this area it is difficult to see it might work in practice. To take what might be an analogous situation: suppose an unmarried other-sex couple come to church. Should they be refused full participation in the church's life because they are not living in line with the Church's teaching?

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