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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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February 28 2017 By dvirtue The myth of the militant Muslim minority is a placebo

The results of his research are startling. Of the 1.5 billion adult Muslims in the world, more than 50 million Muslims are willing to sanction violence. That's 50 million reasons to support Donald Trump's travel moratorium. Half the world's Muslim population is 'attached to an arch-conservative Islam which places little worth on the rights of women, homosexuals, and people of other faiths,' writes Koopmans.

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February 27 2017 By dvirtue The New Gods: Reforging Harvard Divinity School

Then a third-year Masters of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School rises from his seat and walks to the pulpit. Abhishek Raman offers a sermon that stands out in a Christian church: Instead of a Bible lesson, he reads from the Bhagavad Gita, using it as a springboard to teach about corporations, social justice, and Super Bowl ads through the lens of Hindu ethics. The service ends in a group singing of a Protestant hymn before the seminarian comes back for a final blessing.

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February 24 2017 By dvirtue A straight male and the Texas bathroom

And the thought immediately flashed through my mind that if the husband was a transgendered something(s)he would be welcomed with open arms into the Ladies' Room, or the Men's Room for that matter. Or if, were we down the street at the local Target, it would have been a nonissue.

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February 23 2017 By dvirtue Twin priest joins his brother in eternity

Little did I know Fr. Bruce came as a matched set, with his identical twin brother, Fr. David Noble, who was staying behind in Houston. The pair were born in Australia and, naturally, they were Anglicans. One can't really talk about Fr. Bruce without also talking about Fr. David. Up until Fr. David died in 2011, the twins were inseparable. They became an oddity in Anglicanism because there are few unmarried celibate priests. Most Anglican priests are married, with children.

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