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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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February 26 2004 By virtueonline The Anglican Inheritance and the Church Catholic - by Cheryl White

The early Christian church, by the end of the first century A.D., was
called catholic simply because the word means universal. It comes from
the Greek, katas holos, which literally means according to the whole.
The second bishop of Antioch, St. Ignatius, said at the end of the first
century: wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic church.
Before the end of the fourth century, the church administration became

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February 26 2004 By virtueonline Learning to Live with an Audience of One - by Rev. Bill Dickson

But I wonder if we have given adequate consideration to the critical importance of the audience of our lives. Before whom are we really living our lives? Who is the true audience before whom our time on the stage of life is performed? In our gospel text for today Jesus suggests there are but two options, and only one is acceptable to those who would be his disciples.

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February 26 2004 By virtueonline Cheap Grace - by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the Cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

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February 25 2004 By virtueonline "His Blood Be Upon Us": Understanding What We See in the Passion of the Christ

What compounds the problem, of course, is that Jesus was no ordinary criminal; in fact, no ordinary man, and no criminal at all. At least, that is what we Christians believe. What's more, we believe it passionately, because the message of salvation through Christ goes deeper in us than any passion we have. "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free," Jesus said (John 8:32).

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February 19 2004 By virtueonline Give Yourself Wholly to Them - by J. C. Ryle

When the Apostle says, "Give yourself wholly to these things," he seems to look at the "things" of which he had been speaking in the preceding verses, beginning with the words "Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."

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