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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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May 24 2016 By dvirtue THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY 2016

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ; thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father. Te Deum (the language of 1662 is unsurpassably vivid and emphatic).

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May 10 2016 By dvirtue TE DEUM LAUDAMUS

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are compelled to versify and sing. Poetry is the essence of Christian proclamation and praise. Mere prose, on the level, the flat as it were, is the language of the mind; poetry is the language of the heart. These languages merge in the adoration and adulation of God when mind and heart unite and prose ascends to the rhapsodic. Mind on its own produces mere statements - formulaic, stiff, stuffy, stultifying in the sense of emotional suppression.

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May 07 2016 By dvirtue Liberation Theology in The Episcopal Church USA: 1970-2016

• 1979 Denver, CO -- Approved new Book of Common Prayer; Passed Dennis Canon to provide a trustee relationship with the parish and the larger church so that all parish property is held in trust for the local diocese and the overarching Episcopal Church. Endorses the Equal Rights Amendment and urges states to ratify it; Drops "Protestant" from The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. (PECUSA) to become the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA).

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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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