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January 18 2017 By dvirtue St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow - A Satirical Essay

Of course we know that the controversy over the reading at our Islamic Eucharist has
nothing to do with something as trivial and minor as Christ's divinity. The real reason is
me - it's all about me, and the fact I am gay. Or possibly that the lector was female. Had
the service been led by a heterosexual cleric and the Qur'an read by a man, there would
not have been a single word of protest, not a cheep. No-one would have concerned

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January 18 2017 By dvirtue SILENCE

Not since the Passion of the Christ has there been a movie that touches such a raw nerve where the conjunction of faith, life and death meet. The outcome of the Passion movie was, of course predictable. We know its beginning and how it all ended. Such is not the case with SILENCE.

If you are a secularist, humanist or atheist, you will likely be unaffected by the movie's theme, though the level of torture is gruesome.

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January 16 2017 By dvirtue Snowflakes be warned -- the Bible is X-rated

Conflict, in turn, puts pressure on a character in a story. The greater the pressure, the deeper we see into the character's true nature. We enjoy watching a movie when the character comes under more and more pressure to make more and more difficult choices until we think he is about to crack and go insane under the pressure. Then, at the climax of the movie, we see how making these choices under pressure have profoundly changed the humanity of the character.

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January 12 2017 By dvirtue Glasgow Cathedral and the Recitation of the Koran

The strength of the encounter was the friendship and mutual admiration it produced. Inter faith dialogue is undoubtedly enriched by trust and affection of this kind. But it can only take us so far. The weakness, was that we did not speak at all about 'the problem'.

The problem was not about the 'Good' which we recognised together, it was about two things; the ranking of God's virtues, and the struggle between truth and deception.

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January 11 2017 By dvirtue Small Congregations With Old Church Buildings: A South Carolina Example

For photographs and the complete story go to the Index-Journal's post here:

Trinity Abbeville is in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

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January 10 2017 By dvirtue Anglican Communion Secretary-General rebuffed by GAFCON's Dr. Peter Jensen over Gazette interview

Dr. Jensen's response to what were very forthright comments by Archbishop Idowu-Fearon came in an article published online by GAFCON on 31st December (see blog/is-gafcon-the-problem).

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January 06 2017 By dvirtue Female author backflips on women's ordination

This was at a time when women were being ordained as priests in other Anglican dioceses across the country, but Sydney continued to resist the tide.

"I said, 'Oh, Peter, all right, I'll do it for you, but I really don't want to. I don't want to spend energy on this,'" remembers Marcia.

An historian and lay preacher at St. Swithuns, Pymble, Marcia says her speech cost her a lot because of the outcry it caused in certain quarters.

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January 04 2017 By dvirtue GAFCON Chairman's New Year Message 2017

The GAFCON movement has a vital role to play in this task. Our vision is that the Anglican Communion, consisting of some 80 million people in 165 different nations, should be fit for purpose in reaching people around the globe for Jesus Christ. We are not, as some allege, leaving the Communion, but working for its reform and renewal and developing new structures where necessary.

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January 02 2017 By dvirtue In a parallel universe, Rowan Williams turns Right

"If we recognise that every specific act of existing, or currently actual confluence of agencies, is one way in which an eternal act of existing is shared, this reinforces the idea that our linguistic response is a search for transparency to the full range of the active situation in which we are set--and so, ultimately, transparency to the eternal act."

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December 29 2016 By dvirtue Will there be a Christian King Charles the 3rd?

You can tell when the old secular blokes and the laptop are feeling unloved and unnoticed; that's the moment when they put out their latest call for the disestablishment of the Church of England.

The which they have just done today. Perhaps they were miffed by the Queen speaking out increasingly forthrightly in her Christmas messages? This year she said movingly and memorably

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