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February 24 2021 By dvirtue The Movement from Shouting to Silencing in Contemporary Culture

MacIntrye called this descent of ethics into shouting in the twenty-first century Western world "emotivism." He described emotivism as the point you reach when "all morals are nothing but expressions of [personal] preference" or "expressions of attitudes or feelings."3

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February 23 2021 By dvirtue There's Nowhere Left to Hide on Issues of Sexuality: Christian, Are You Ready to Give an Answer about the Clear Teachings of Scripture?

The controversy emerged because Max Lucado was in a series of preachers preaching virtual sermons for the nation's national cathedral over the course of the last several weeks. He preached one message, and that message became the object of intense controversy, so much so that the Bishop of the Diocese of Washington and the Dean of the Cathedral, basically had to fall on their swords and apologize for being so insensitive as to ever invite someone as an evangelical like Max Lucado.

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February 16 2021 By dvirtue The Plague and the Promise: Stop the "Stop the Steal"

I do not write as a critic of those who voted for Donald Trump. I support their right to vote for him. My concern is for the negative reputation this group brings to the Body of Christ and our Lord.

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February 14 2021 By dvirtue All Christians Are 'Losers'

Peter the Poor Loser

The apostle Peter's reaction to the "losing moment" of Christ's arrest is a living parable of two ways we can respond poorly to such losses. Despite Christ's reminder earlier that evening, of the trouble his followers will have in this world (John 16:33), Peter is unprepared for what occurs.

Christianity has always been a religion for (short-term) losers.

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February 09 2021 By dvirtue Conversion Therapy' -- Should we ban it?

The deliberate untruth, which campaigners frequently tell us, is that, 'People cannot change their orientation because they are born that way'. This is clearly untrue. No genetic evidence has ever demonstrated this, despite extensive genetic research. Neither is it supported by the study of identical twins. They overlook the fact that many homosexuals admit to being 'fluid' in their sexuality.

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February 08 2021 By dvirtue It's All About Sex

Thus, any viewpoint that opposes the totally free expression of sexuality must be silenced--not refuted, silenced. On this view, free speech is not a right; in fact, it can be ruse for the repressive ones (Christians or those believe in any sacred ordering of life). Any view that denies the erotic urgencies has no right to be heard. Herbert Marcuse advocated this in 1965 in his essay on "repressive tolerance."

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January 30 2021 By dvirtue At March for Life, a pivot away from Trump and toward 'unity'

What followed was an unusual iteration of the gathering that contrasted sharply with recent years when references to former President Trump, his policies and his rhetoric were commonplace -- some voiced by Trump himself, who spoke at the event in 2020.

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"The leadership of the Evangelical Immigration Table (the Table) celebrates this positive momentum while urging both the Biden administration and the Congress to continue to prioritize much-needed changes to U.S. immigration policy," EIT announced.

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January 25 2021 By dvirtue My Deep Disappointment with Franklin Graham

Second, on a theological note, comparing those ten Republican members of Congress with Christ-betrayers is tantamount to idolatry--comparing Trump with Christ. Again, what was Graham thinking? Has he lost his mind? I don't know. All I know (or believe) is that this fantastical and horrible comparison is both dangerous and theologically heretical.

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January 21 2021 By dvirtue Cultural Desensitization to Acts of Evil

Because we are so far away in time right now from institutionalized slavery and are so sensitized to the racial aspects of what existed in the USA in its early days, no one today would perceive slavery as anything but a horrible evil... and we would do almost anything to prevent it from returning.

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