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July 16 2016 By dvirtue The (Re-formed) Church of South India

I. The Organizing Idea of human dignity in our Conflicting Pluralism:

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July 07 2016 By dvirtue Confessions of an ex-liberal theologian

Reading this book, published a couple of years ago, was an especially strange experience for me because Oden's background and mine are so similar! Though he is 20 years older than I am, our experiences have been so similar or at least parallel that reading about them is like reading about my own life.

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July 04 2016 By dvirtue Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

According to Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, "Palestinians who beg to differ with PA President Mahmoud Abbas or one of his friends are called criminals and can expect to be interrogated and/or imprisoned."

These are human rights abuses by Palestinian parties against other Palestinians.

One would think that these kinds of terrorist attacks and human rights violations would be part of any honest and balanced treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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July 04 2016 By dvirtue Cranmerism, Calvinism, and The Church of England

It is so obviously true that no Christian scholar ought to be followed without thorough interrogation of their ideas and through such utter devotion that virtually elevates them to the academic pinnacle of infallibility. What major theologian has not blundered to some extent here or there? Every Christian authority of whatever excellence and attainment manifests a fair share of inaccurate scholarship and dubious interpretation of Holy Scripture and inspired doctrine.

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June 29 2016 By dvirtue Heresy and Humility -- Lessons from a Current Controversy

Heresy is a denial or deviation from a doctrine central and essential to Christianity. Thus, the Christian church has learned through sad experience that heresy is a necessary category and a constant concern. In the early centuries of Christianity, church leaders had to define the true faith against false gospels and to defend biblical teachings concerning the most essential doctrines of all -- the triune nature of God and the full deity and humanity of Christ.

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June 26 2016 By dvirtue The Mushy Thinking of Neo-Anglicans

"...in our constitution and canons, we have left the issue of women's ordination for each diocese to decide. A lot of people came into the ACNA in good faith that their perspective -- including those who ordain women -- would be protected and guarded. And, people who believe in ordaining women hold their position by conscience and can Biblically argue it, although I disagree with them. This issue is a very important thing to them, and so I think it would create a lot of tension.

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June 22 2016 By dvirtue Why the arguments for a third way do not work

It seems likely that in the months to come there will be strong pressure on Evangelicals in the Church of England who are not willing to go all the way in accepting same-sex relationships to at least adopt this kind of third way approach and so in this post I want to explain why I think the three arguments for this this approach noted above are mistaken.

The reason that the first argument is mistaken is because it does not do justice to what St. John is saying in John 1:14.

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June 14 2016 By dvirtue Anglicanism's Essential Ingredient

Anglicanism used to be a bastion of strong Augustinianism. But not anymore. It is floppy in the extreme. A disgrace to the memory of our spiritual masters and martyrs who shaped us at the Reformation and whose heirs exhibited marked Scriptural strength of saving conviction in their ministries.

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June 07 2016 By dvirtue Crypto-Believers and Stagnant Churches

Statistics, conversations, and efforts generally support congregations' failure to expect from and extend to people not like us. In the largely monochrome cultures of most churches, our list of the overlooked would include:

Different incomes, especially the poor;

Different races, marginalizing those whose women wear the head cover;

Different locations, recognizing the social distinctions of neighborhoods;

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May 26 2016 By dvirtue Rock of Ages, Augustus Toplady, The Little-Known Man Behind the Well-Known Hymn

In so eagerly dismissing Toplady, Evangelicals of every stripe have no idea of what they are missing and Anglicans fail to appreciate his doughty defense of the foundations of their heritage. It goes with out saying that Toplady was a religious poet of the first order and his compositions afford the clues as to his first rate theological acumen. His poetry also points to his evident spell-binding preaching. His temperament could be sharp, it seems, and for this he is over-faulted.

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