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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Canon Theologian Responds to Ohio's Actions

These and other similar steps are part of a larger picture of an
Episcopal community in crisis whose primary overseers remain sadly in
denial.

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March 13 2004 By virtueonline Thoughts for a congregation divided as it faces the homosexuality issue

Note to the reader: the strong majority in this particular congregation favored the traditional position. There was a much smaller group favoring greater openness to rethinking the issue. Some of these had already left; others were wondering if there could be a place for them. The emphases in this address are therefore somewhat different from those that might be made in a parish where the dividing line fell the other way.

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March 13 2004 By virtueonline "The Gathering Storm" By Robin Guinness

At heart the same sex blessing controversy is a theological issue,
not an issue of life-style. It is an issue of belief before it is an
issue of behaviour.

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March 12 2004 By virtueonline On Asking the Right Question - by Bishop John H. Rodgers

Let me begin with the perspective of excommunication of false teachers.

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March 06 2004 By virtueonline True Inclusiveness According to the Word of God (Part I) - by Fleming Rutledge

I understand that I am inside the Beltway here, and in a presidential election year at that; therefore I know that everything I say will be in a political context. I am certainly capable of making a politically partisan speech, but as a preacher of the gospel I do not do that. I did not do it last Advent when I preached at the National Cathedral on the eve of the Iraq war, and I am not going to do it now.

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March 06 2004 By virtueonline What Exactly is the Gospel (Part II) - by Fleming Rutledge

I don’t need to tell you that the Episcopal Church is in turmoil. I want to look briefly at the mainline churches in general. That’s the Lutherans, the Presbyterians, the Methodists, the Episcopalians, and the United Church of Christ. These American denominations in direct descent from the Reformation are being challenged as never before in our history.

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March 06 2004 By virtueonline The Essential Question - by Dr. Robert Sanders

The place to begin is Jesus Christ. According to Radner Jesus was a "stayer" not a "leaver." By this he means that Jesus did not abandon Israel. Rather, he subjected himself to the Jewish authorities, even to death on the cross. This act of humiliation fulfilled the law and the prophets, above all Israel's Exile. As such, it is the pattern of God's redemptive work. Therefore, Christians should submit themselves to Church authorities and stay, not leave.

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March 02 2004 By virtueonline The Duties of Parents - by J.C. Ryle

But, after all, how little is the substance of this text regarded! The doctrine it contains appears scarcely known, the duty it puts before us seems fearfully seldom practised. Reader, do I not speak the truth?

It cannot be said that the subject is a new one. The world is old, and we have the experience of nearly six thousand years to help us. We live in days when there is a mighty zeal for education in every quarter. We hear of new schools rising on all sides.

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March 02 2004 By virtueonline 'The Passion of The Christ' and the Lost Art of Christian Meditation

The movie begins with an ancient quotation (700 BC) from Isaiah 53:5,
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed." This is the theme of the movie and runs through
it from beginning to end.

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February 26 2004 By virtueonline Foundations - by Philip Turner

The recent actions of the Dioceses of New Westminster, of ECUSAs
General Convention, and the subsequent ordination of Gene Robinson to be
the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire have indeed caused
the earth to move; and those who deny that they are feeling shock waves
live in a world whose physics I fail to understand. The foundations have
indeed been shaken; and consequently, despite the difficulty of the

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