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June 30 2018 By dvirtue Just Love -- a journey of self-acceptance

Just Love is her story. It is lightweight, gossipy, disjointed but otherwise easy to read. One does not need to read far to become strangely uncomfortable. Her story is an extraordinary, emotional roller-coaster. She plunges into the depths of despair then rises to the heights of exhilaration -- again and again. Resolution, which I anticipated from the title, never comes.

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Noll begins, "Since the 1960s, the Episcopal Church and other Western churches have been undermining the road, removing the ancient paving stones, and leaving behind huge potholes for people to stumble into. Three of those paving stones are the authority of the Bible, the divine institution of marriage, and the doctrine and discipline of the church.

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March 18 2018 By dvirtue Book review: Reimagining Britain: Foundations of Hope by Justin Welby

Time and again Welby brings us back to 1945, the last occasion, he suggests, when Britain was forced to reimagine itself. His enthusiasm for William Beveridge, the 1944 Education Act, the NHS and the massive housebuilding programme of the postwar Attlee government remains utterly undimmed. Those who are inclined to see the welfare state as the incubator of many of our present ills will not find much succour in these pages.

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January 26 2018 By dvirtue How 'Imagining the Divine' got it wrong

The exhibition thus poses some fundamental philosophical and theological questions to which it appears to assume the answers are clear: namely that all religion ( note the use of the singular in the quote) is the expression of one underlying idea which as it emerges and spreads in various areas takes on facets of what it already finds there to present it in a new way.

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January 21 2018 By dvirtue Two Stories of everything: Competing metanarratives of Islam and Christianity

But what if we set that approach aside and try something new? What if we look at the stories that Islam and Christianity tell?

In this book we do exactly that: we go back to the beginning of the stories Creation and work our way forward to humanity

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December 01 2017 By dvirtue Christians in the Community of the Dome

Alas no. As I stood inside that vast monument to the New Labour Project, it began to dawn on me what that was all about: the consigning of Christian Britain to the dustbin of history, and the embarking on a radical journey to become a completely different people in the way we think, behave and live. As Tony himself would have said, it was all about 'the future, not the past'. Of course, they called it progressivism, but in reality it was the opposite.

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November 29 2017 By dvirtue EXPLORING SPIRITUAL GIFTS

On the opposite extreme, many churches not only hold that the gifts are present in the church today, but that the presence of certain gifts (especially the gift of speaking in tongues) in the life of the believer is the only sure sign of the Fullness or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is called the Pentecostal or Charismatic view.

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September 29 2017 By dvirtue UK 2050: Grace's story under dominant Islam

Britain became a Muslim country in 2040. In 2030 the banking system of what was then the United Kingdom collapsed and the government no longer had the financial resources to shore up the high street banks. Unlike in the 2008 crash when the UK government was able to inject money into the banks, this time around there really were angry queues at the cash points with people unable to get their money out.

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August 09 2017 By dvirtue ANGLICAN CONCILIARISM - The Church Meeting to Decide Together

Fast forward to the 21st century and Canon Phil Ashey would like to see an Anglican conciliar council to sort through the mess that has become the Anglican Communion.

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