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January 18 2017 By dvirtue THE INCARNATION: The Lord's Song in a Strange Land

It is important that we understand two things about God's wrath: First, it's true character and purpose is solely to recover a path for his love. Secondly, God needs to do nothing but withdraw his Holy Spirit from us, and leave us to our own spirits, for us to be living in hell. Even J. P. Sartre in No Exit knew that without God "hell is other people."

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January 17 2017 By dvirtue Secularism, Preaching, and the Challenges of Modernity

As preachers we recognize how strange the times have become. Almost anyone seeking to carry out a faithful pulpit ministry recognizes that preachers must now ask questions we have not had to consider in the past. We recognize that preaching has been displaced from its once prominent position in the culture. Many of us are wondering, why is preaching more challenging in our cultural moment than it has been in other times?

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January 10 2017 By dvirtue POST-ELECTION EVANGELICAL: A statement from Mark Labberton and Richard Mouw

Since its founding almost 70 years ago, Fuller Theological Seminary has described itself as evangelical. This term has captured the seminary's commitment to the good news of God's redeeming love in Jesus Christ, its trust in the unique and supreme authority of the Bible, its engagement in the personal and global mission of God in the world. The term has gone through various stormy seasons of contention and debate, not least as a contrast to fundamentalism.

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January 04 2017 By dvirtue Rare Christian Cross And Menorah Engraving From Time Of Christ Discovered In Israel

Meroz said: "We heard there are interesting caves in the region. We began to peer into them, and that's how we came to this cave, which is extremely impressive with rock-carved niches and engravings on the wall.

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December 22 2016 By dvirtue Anglicans and the Historic Priesthood

Some say that the opposing positions on women's ordination are predicated on equally valid arguments. That is problematic because the Church does not change sacred Tradition based on the validity of arguments. It has no authority to do so.

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December 20 2016 By dvirtue How do we Become "Children of God"?

The portrait of black people in the scene is patronizing at best. It reflects the racism of the time, especially when Groucho, Chico and Harper smear tar on their faces to blend in with the crowd. The film presents black people as childlike -- but also as vibrant and expressive. Their attraction to the enigmatic Harpo -- and his evident affinity with them -- is an expression of the innocence and creative primitivism of his character.

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December 17 2016 By dvirtue HUMAN PRIDE AND DIVINE HUMILITY

Look where the story of humanity began. In Paradise. Could anything be more ideal? Look at the wasted, war-torn world we now inhabit. Most of our history is sheer misery. It is painful to read the saga of our species. Most of our fellow humans have existed in misery. What an exchange we have foolishly made.

Augustine speaks poetically of our original environment. A boundless estate of fruitful groves! We have worn our world down to vast, empty deserts and ugly wastelands.

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, December 04 2016 By dvirtue Adoption: The Antidote to Universalistic Assumption

Universalism is virtually the creed of our day. It is simply assumed. There is no room for Biblical particularism of any kind. The Fatherhood and the saving love of God are deemed to be general and undiscriminating. Irrespective of moral judgment or religious persuasion all souls are reckoned to be acceptable to God just as they are. Belief and behavior are immaterial.

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November 24 2016 By dvirtue Evidence of resurrection and Cryogenics

'143' was understandably frightened and horrified by the prospect of death. She wrote to the judge: "I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up in hundreds of years time.... I want to have this chance."

We don't know how she stumbled on this project, but the science is more than ropey. RationalWiki calls it 'pseudo-science'.

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