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December 04 2021 By dvirtue Is the tide finally turning against trans mania?

But today many others are coming round to the view that trans ideology really does pose a problem.

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November 30 2021 By dvirtue Jesus & Elton John

As regular readers of my blog know, Christianity in the West is in trouble all over, but the liberal churches are declining the fastest. It is not generally the case that being theologically and morally conservative causes a church to grow, but it is true that standing counterculturally within Christian tradition at least stanches the bleeding.

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November 28 2021 By dvirtue Banning conversion therapy will cause more harm, say experts

Christians fear it will lead to evangelical pastors and churches being criminalised for ordinary church activities like prayer and pastoral counselling.

Dr Elizabeth Woning, pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California, spoke about her work for the Changed Movement, a community of Christians who have left the LGBT lifestyle behind.

"This is a population that most people believe doesn't exist," she said.

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November 27 2021 By dvirtue Covid is making more pastors want to quit full-time ministry

The struggles appear to be even sharper among pastors from mainline Protestant churches, with over half (51%) saying they feel this way.

Among non-mainline pastors, a group that includes evangelicals, that figure is much lower yet still sits at around a third (34%).

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November 27 2021 By dvirtue Heroes of the Faith: Haik Hovsepian

A key individual in these remarkable events was Haik Hovsepian. Haik was born in 1945 into a family of Armenian Christians. He trusted in Christ in his youth and joined the Pentecostal Assemblies of God where his gifts for leadership were recognised. Because Armenians have so often been persecuted in the Middle East, it is perhaps understandable that there was a long-standing reluctance to seek trouble by evangelising Muslims.

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November 19 2021 By dvirtue How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

"Persia is the first empire that effectively moralizes its own imperialism," says Holland. "So it sees the world in terms of good and evil, of light and darkness. And that obviously is a huge influence on Christianity, and indeed Islam. And there's a tendency in the West to see ourselves as the heirs of Greece and of Athens, but I think we're at least as much the heirs of Persia...

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November 15 2021 By dvirtue Claims about a 'trans genocide' are fake news at its worst

The disingenuity is particularly profound considering that neither one of the two trans women Ennis cites in his article while trying to craft the narrative died due to their gender identity. In fact, their deaths had nothing to do with being transgender at all.

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November 12 2021 By dvirtue 'The Gospel of Christ is at stake': Finnish bishop facing prosecution over Christian values

Paivi Rasanen, a Finnish member of parliament and medical doctor, wrote the booklet in 2004 when Finland was passing laws treating same-sex relationships as equivalent to heterosexual relationships under the law. The booklet concluded that the recognition of same-sex relationships had a detrimental effect on society. At the time of the booklet's publication, the Finnish government was considering legislation that would enable same-sex couples to adopt children.

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November 11 2021 By dvirtue Reject Greta's empty gospel and preach Christ, not climate

To orthodox Christians, there is nothing controversial in that statement. It highlights the priorities of the Church, whereby rescue from the impending judgment of God is more urgent than rescue from any conceivable consequence of climate change.

For, even if the worst case scenario of the climate change prophets is realised, and we all die from extreme heat or under an extra two inches of water, we will still ultimately face the judgment seat of Christ.

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October 31 2021 By dvirtue Samford disinvites historian Jon Meacham after student anti-abortion protest

However, in a letter Wednesday, Beck Taylor, who became university president in July, wrote that due to objections, including from "elements of Samford's Student Government Association," the university had decided to reschedule the talk, as first reported by Baptist News Global.

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