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May 02 2016 By dvirtue The Lord's Donkey and the Lord's Due: (Luke 19:28 - 44)

So much truth concerning the God-man is disclosed in the few words he speaks to his disciples. We are enabled to see Jesus' calm preparation under extraordinary pressure and his willingness to comply with the will of the Father in the tragic events to follow. Events do not entrap him. He foresees them and the will of the Father ordains them. Here is the Lamb presenting himself for the sacrifice: "But a body you prepared for me . . .

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April 28 2016 By dvirtue Back to Basics: Six blog posts on key issues facing the Anglican Communion

Our General Secretary, Dr Peter Jensen, has written a series of reflections following the January 2016 Primates Gathering on the fundamentals underpinning the basis of our faith. This is the first in that series of six thought leadership and teaching papers.

Since the Primates gathering in January I have been trying to assess its significance for the Anglican Communion.

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April 22 2016 By dvirtue Living and Loving the Litany -- BCP (1662) Conclusion

Indiscriminate compassion is a feature of Christian intercession and in accord with Christ's command we ask for the forgiveness of those who wish us ill, enemies, persecutors, and slanderers. May a gracious God turn their hearts as he has sovereignly turned ours.

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April 09 2016 By dvirtue THE OTHER DISCIPLE: (JOHN 20: 1 -20)

It is succinct, sober, and bears the tone and sense of accuracy and reliability. John is a clear-headed communicator of authentic experience and observation. His wonderment at the tomb, his pause before arriving at any conclusion as to the whereabouts of Jesus and the disappearance of the Lord's body counters the hasty and rational explanation that Mary proffers concerning the mystery of the missing man from Nazareth.

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March 31 2016 By dvirtue 12 Quotes Against Sodomy from the early Church Fathers

"But though such is our character (Oh!

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March 29 2016 By dvirtue Living and Loving the Litany - BCP (1662) Part Three

Righteousness exalts a nation and unrighteousness yields corrosive effects that debase and ultimately destroy a people, exposing them to self-wrought disaster and suffering in the dispensation of divine judgement. Great responsibility descends upon the shoulders of servants of state and society and great temptations assail their hearts.Their good morale and moral integrity, sustained by God’s grace and believing prayer, are of inestimable benefit to the nations they serve.

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March 27 2016 By dvirtue Meditational Thoughts for Holy Saturday - Three Perspectives

This is a day of mystery and silence and mourning and waiting, when nothing much seemed to be happening, when people were recovering from the shock of Good Friday ... before they recognized the "good" in it. Some call it Holy Saturday or Silent Saturday. It comes between Good Friday (a day of crisis and climatic human events) and Resurrection Sunday (a day when the hand of God accomplishes the miraculous).

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March 27 2016 By dvirtue The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Reality of the Gospel

Resurrection Sunday is the central event in the church year--the climax of worship, expectation, and celebration. This celebration is also an acid test of the Church's faithfulness and conviction.

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March 15 2016 By dvirtue "CORE DOCTRINE" IS A TRAP

But at the February meeting of The Episcopal Church's Executive Council, Presiding Bishop Curry gave a more nuanced explanation. He told them that he does not consider marriage to be a part of the Church's "core doctrine". While Presiding Bishop Curry conceded that other Anglican Primates considered marriage a core doctrine of the Church, he did not share their views.

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March 10 2016 By dvirtue Archbishop Robert Duncan Reflects on the new Lectionaries

We often hear the term "Church Year" used. What is the Church Year and how do the readings reflect the different seasons of the year?

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