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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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December 17 2017 By dvirtue The Bible and Science (Part 3): Reading the Bible as a Christian

Approaching the Scriptures with an empirical eye involves noticing details that clarify the context and the meaning. We should note that Nimrod was a Kushite kingdom builder (Genesis 10:8) because this speaks of the Kushite migration out of the Upper Nile Valley, something that has been confirmed by DNA studies of Haplogroup R1b.

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December 13 2017 By dvirtue Many Americans who consider themselves evangelicals do not actually hold evangelical beliefs, survey finds

The findings also indicated that a significant number of evangelical believers reject the term "evangelical." Only 69 percent of evangelicals by belief identify themselves as evangelicals.

LifeWay noted that some studies define "evangelical" by self-identification, where respondents are required to pick from a list of religious traditions. In other surveys, the respondents are distinguished by the churches they identify with.

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December 11 2017 By dvirtue Essentials: Irenaeus of Lyon

It is in Irenaeus of Lyon that we first see all these elements brought together in an attempt to refute those who had chosen another way.

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December 10 2017 By dvirtue LUTHER THE LIBERATOR

Martin Luther's exalted aim was to share the benefits of Christ that he so richly enjoyed in seasons of great awareness of the free grace of God and respite from the inner tensions of the spiritual life of which he was fully cognizant and endured many.

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