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August 12 2014 By dvirtue CHATTANOOGA, TN: Beginnings: With new rector and new building, Anglican Church of the Redeemer has big plans

As a member of Redeemer, Ullman helped hunt for a new church building in the winter of 2012, and now Redeemer has bought the former Trinity Presbyterian Church in Brainerd for $270,000, according to Hamilton County records. The congregation is busy this month beautifying the building with some construction projects, and worship services are scheduled in September.

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August 11 2014 By dvirtue The Problem with the Church Is People

But then there are the people. See if this poem rings true:

To dwell above
with those we love
Ah, that will be glory!

To dwell below
with those we know,
Now that’s a different story!*

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August 09 2014 By dvirtue Engaging an Ever-Changing Culture With a Never-Changing Gospel

Now, church is more than a body that engages its community. It should have certain biblical marks and should be focused on eternal purposes. However, it must also must take the faith it believes and live it out in context.

Church Should Impact the Community

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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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