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February 14 2018 By dvirtue Ancient Version of Book of Acts Finally Being Decoded, and There May Be a Bonus Discovery

But researchers had no way of examining the fragile, damaged book, which was sealed together by water and fire damage, until now.

University of Kentucky computer scientist W. Brent Seales and University of Iowa early Christianity scholar Paul Dilley are using the same process that was used to decode the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Their new x-ray images of the manuscript are still being processed and examined.

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February 09 2018 By dvirtue Rewriting the Book of Common Prayer ... Feminizing God the FATHER and Jesus the SON

For unto us a child is born, unto us a SON is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and HIS Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting FATHER, The PRINCE of Peace. (Jesus' Birth is foretold) Isaiah 9:6 -- KJV

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February 02 2018 By dvirtue THE MARTYRS' STAKE: The Ensign of Reformational Anglicanism

Reformational Anglicanism cultivated, and continues to develop, a sound interpretation of revealed theology, a mature spirituality, a worthy tradition of worship, and a disciplined life of communion with God in adoration, gratitude, and service. It seeks to promote as ably as possible the truth and joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Word of God is the message, the Son of God is mankind's only Savior, and the Holy Spirit is the generator of life with God in the soul of man.

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January 31 2018 By dvirtue Artifacts of Great Antiquity

From the perspective of anthropology, the deep time record of human activity is evident in the vast number of objects made and used by humans. Here is a short list. Note the 40 thousand+ custom of burial in red ochre.

2.5-3.4 million
Butchering flints found in Dikika, Ethiopia. This bone shows evidence of butchering.

1.5 million
Stone tools found in Saudi Arabia near the Red Sea from a time when the region was much wetter.

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January 31 2018 By dvirtue When must we break unity?

However, we also see in the Scriptures that there is no value in maintaining a false or institutional unity simply for unity's sake. The unity that God longs for us to preserve is the unity that we have by virtue of our common faith in Christ. It is a unity created by the fact that we share the Spirit of Christ.

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January 26 2018 By dvirtue UK: A failure to take sex seriously: A response to General Synod Misc. 1178

In advance of this February's General Synod the House of Bishops has responded to this motion in GS Misc 1178, An update on 'Welcoming Transgender People.'[1]

The three key paragraphs in this paper are paragraphs 3, 6 and 4.

Paragraph 3
In response to the call in the July Synod debate for the Church of England to welcome and affirm transgender people, paragraph 3 declares:

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January 22 2018 By dvirtue A Serious Argument Against the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood and Episcopate

God, being a God of order and being all-wise, good, and gracious, has ordered all things in creation for our good. This order in the creation he has retained and renewed in redemption. As part of this good order God has appointed the man to be the head of the family and to be the elder (presbyter) or priest in the wider family of the Church.

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January 14 2018 By dvirtue "Miracles and Natural Phenomena"?

There are natural explanations for many of the miraculous events recounted in the Bible. Walking rocks is an example. The Bible tells us that the people with Moses drank "from the spiritual rock that followed them" during their wilderness wanderings. This is an example of something natural that is understood spiritually. What makes this miraculous is the providential timing.

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January 12 2018 By dvirtue N.T. Wright and the New Perspective

Before proceeding any further, let me make some necessary qualifications. I am not a New Testament scholar, I am not an authority on Paul and his theology, I have not mastered the Wright corpus, and I make no claim to being a great theologian.

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January 02 2018 By dvirtue LUTHER'S LAMENT CONCERNING LEGALISM

The mind of fallen man is constrained to contradict God. As the apostle John warns us we are ev-er liable to make God a liar (1John1:10). The witness of our conscience vies with the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Our nature wallows in the slime of deceit and lies and even the regenerate are by no means entirely in the clear. We are susceptible to slipping back into the sludge. Many para-sites may emerge from the ground of our Scriptural principles (e.g.

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