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January 22 2016 By dvirtue CANTEREBURY: Ball is Now Squarely in Episcopal Church Court. * TEC: To Rebel or Repent that is the question * PB Curry uses his Color to Manipulate Fellow African Primates * CofE continues to slide in attendance * 1,200 Orthodox Anglican Parishes US - FCC

The Pope has reportedly urged non-Catholics not to convert. In July 2014, he told a group of Evangelicals at a lunch in Rome: "I'm not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community." As cardinal, he once reportedly said the Anglican Ordinariate "was quite unnecessary" as the universal Church needs those wishing to convert to stay "as Anglicans." --- Edward Pentin in the NC Register

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January 08 2016 By dvirtue Welby Attempts Split Between GAFCON Primates * Ugandan Primate says he will walk out if 'godly order' is not restored * Desmond Tutu's Lesbian Daughter Marries * 40 former students sexually abused at Episcopal Prep School * Bishop Donald Parsons, 93, Dies

The baptism of the Spirit. The teaching of the Pentecostal churches, and of many people in the charismatic or neo-Pentecostal movement, is that we receive the 'gift' of the Spirit when we first believe, but then need a second and subsequent experience called the 'baptism' of the Spirit, usually evidenced by 'speaking in tongues'.

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December 31 2015 By dvirtue Kentucky Priest Forced to Resign over Gay Marriage Refusal * Anglican Priest Smears Virgin Mary * Irish Bishops Fudge on Gay Marriage * CofE to Fast Track Minority Clergy * Canada/NZ News

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have been rising among gay and bisexual men, with increases in syphilis being seen across the country. In 2013, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men accounted for 75% of primary and secondary syphilis cases in the United States. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men often get other STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea infections.

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December 25 2015 By dvirtue PB Hires Law Firm to Investigate TEC Top Brass * Adulterous VTS Professor honored * ACNA and AMIA in Reconciliation Talks * Agenda Showdown expected at Canterbury Primatial Meeting * Historic agreement reached between Cof E and Church of Scotland

While we encourage faithful Christians to "establish a relationship" with homosexuals in order to share the Gospel, going to a [same-sex] 'wedding' is the one thing we can't do. -- Albert Mohler

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December 18 2015 By dvirtue Presiding Bishop Suspends Top Staff at National Headquarters * Episcopal Bishops Turn on Their Own * Episcopalians Biblically Illiterate TEC Study Reveals * ABC Welcomes Climate Change Deal

UNITED STATES. The empty suit met the man with few brains...and lo and behold, they turned out to be one and the same person: TEC's new fearless, "Don't worry be happy" Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. The newly anointed PB took his first tentative leadership steps this past week, wading into the cesspool that is called the Episcopal Church. He suspended his COO Bishop Stacy Sauls and two other top officials this week at national headquarters in NYC without saying why.

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December 04 2015 By dvirtue Sudanese Anglicans Break with US Episcopal Church * Large TEC Parish Flees LI Episcopal Diocese for CANA East/ACNA * Recife Diocese Loses Four Parishes to Episcopal Church in Brazil * Two former Episcopal Cathedrals sold * Tasmania Gets Evangelical Bishop

The Episcopal Church of the Sudan hurled an ecclesiastical bomb at the American Episcopal Church this week and announced that they were severing all ties with the US Church because TEC had endorsed gay marriage, changed its canons on marriage and allowed trial liturgies. The Sudanese church argued that such innovations are not in conformity with the Scriptures.

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November 27 2015 By dvirtue PEW says TEC Dead Last in Church Involvement. Only 13% of Parishioners Active * Executive Council Transparency under Fire * Queen Eyes Primates Meeting in January in Synod Speech * CofE Synod Backs Military Action in ME * More Churches Close in Canada

It was another black eye for the Episcopal Church this week when the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world, conducted another of its famous analyses of church trends in America.

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November 20 2015 By dvirtue Church Pension Fund to Offer Benefits to SS Partners * TEC Lesbian Bishop Moves to NYC from LA * Executive Council Meeting Bugged * PB Curry's Milquetoast Response to ISIS * ACoC Will Use Indaba to Broker in Gay Marriage * US Liberal Seminaries on Ropes

It becomes progressively more and more difficult to find worthwhile stuff about which to blog or comment these days. My erstwhile denomination, the Episcopal Church (USA), has sunk into the mire of blasphemy and irrelevance, and is not even worthy any more of notice. My country is headed by an utterly self-absorbed, pusillanimous and law-breaking President, whom neither his friends nor his enemies will rein in.

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November 13 2015 By dvirtue TEC losses increase * Pittsburgh Bishop Duncan to Retire * LGBT Lobby in CofE Faces Pushback * Jerusalem Bishop Exonerated * Diocese of Maryland Gets New Bishop * Bexley Seminary Moves to Chicago * Pew Says Religion in America is Dying

ON THE CHURCH: What we are experiencing, my friends, is not just a natural cycle, not just a pendulum swing. There is a mountain of evidence--still growing--that we are well into a monumental sea-change, not an organic evolution, but a tectonic shift of the sort that happens only every several hundred years. I would argue that the change we are in the middle of will turn out to be more significant than the Reformation of the 16th century.

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