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January 06 2022 By dvirtue 'Gay conversion therapy does not work' - Really?

Research on 'therapy', such as Jones and Yarhouse's 2007 path-breaking study, Ex-Gays? included 'religiously-mediated' practices like prayer and support.

Though valuable, these are not 'therapy'! However, in surveys on 'therapy', outcomes from 'religiously-mediated' practices have frequently been included.

Pastoral prayer and a chat are praiseworthy but hardly on par with the most sophisticated psychological expertise.

Research on positive therapeutic outcomes

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December 10 2021 By dvirtue The real harm of transgender ideology

Because of this, it is important to say, definitively, that radical transgender ideology is destructive, harmful, and disconnected from reality.

We are told, of course, that anything less than fully embracing radical transgender ideology is actually what is harmful. We frequently hear, for example, that people who identify as transgender are the most vulnerable group in the world and that critiquing transgender ideology is committing violent discrimination.

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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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