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July 31 2014 By dvirtue The Parable of the Lawn Mower

Now: what have my actions preached to him? They have preached that Christians are people who do good things for their neighbour. They have preached that niceness, and kindness, and morally upright behaviour are what make you a Christian. In short, they have preached justification by works.

Your works have indeed “preached” something. But it isn’t the gospel.

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July 31 2014 By dvirtue Virginia church may look Anglican, but it's fully Baptist

“You would think it was Anglican,” Collier said. “I know this is a little odd in the Baptist world.”

A little, but increasingly less so, according to experts on Baptist polity and worship practices.

While being contemplative and having an intense focus on the sacrament of communion are not necessarily the same, a growing number of Baptist churches are exploring elements of both in an era when Christians and “nones” are rejecting highly produced, modern worship experiences.

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July 08 2014 By dvirtue What Does Liberal Christianity Offer Millennials

I think many liberal Christians, but certainly not all, would agree with me that the Church exists to mix things up a bit. She is not in the business of making anyone feel comfortable. However, it is true of revolutionary movements everywhere, that there is always lurking in the background some ‘committee of public safety’ deciding which establishments we are to mix up and which we are to keep.

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June 17 2014 By virtueonline Assemblies of God 2013 Statistics Released

This water baptism was performed in 2013 by the pastors of Bread of Life Christian Church (Rogersville, Missouri), a growing Slavic congregation affiliated with the Assemblies of God.

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May 29 2014 By virtueonline Seven Habits of Outwardly Focused Churches

But church leaders, vocational and lay alike, became program averse. So they slowly began eliminating outreach programs in their churches. I understand why this development took place. The programs seemed ineffective, not culturally relevant, and often cumbersome to lead and implement.

The problem, however, is that nothing replaced the programs. And the mild culture of outreach in churches was replaced with no culture of outreach.

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May 28 2014 By virtueonline LA MIRADA, CALIFORNIA: The Uncertain Future of Protestantism

All three speakers granted that some kind of reunion with Rome (and with Orthodoxy) must be eventual goals for Protestantism, which could not think of itself as the sole bearer of the church’s future. All three insisted therefore that Protestantism should be characterized more by its positive witness than by a negative self-definition over against its enemies.

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May 21 2014 By virtueonline Five Implications for Churches as the Boomers Retire

The implications for churches are staggering. This generation is not of the mindset of previous aging generations. According to a Pew Research study, the typical Boomer does not believe old age begins until age 72. And the typical Boomer feels nine years younger than his or her chronological age.
So what are some of the implications for churches? Read these carefully. There are very few churches that will not feel the impact of retiring Boomers.

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May 19 2014 By virtueonline Talking Science and the Bible with Prisoners

None of the women has ever asked about Darwin or the age of the Earth. None has asked about the extent of Noah’s flood and the geological record. These issues don’t seem to matter. Their need for God is basic to being human. They want to know why God seems to delay answering their prayers. They want to hear about something good and hopeful in the midst of their suffering. Why didn’t God stop my father from abusing me? Why couldn’t I say goodbye to my mother before she died?

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May 15 2014 By virtueonline Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

As Galli reflected, “Anyone who’s been in the preaching and teaching business knows these are not isolated examples but represent the larger reality.”

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May 13 2014 By virtueonline The State of Evangelism

Evangelism and the Millennial: Surging, Sinking, or Staying the Same?

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