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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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January 20 2021 By dvirtue Over 16,000 Christians Want Franklin Graham Fired for 'Helping Incite' Capitol Riot

"As long as Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association stand by Franklin Graham, it must be said that these once-vaunted organizations have forgotten their original Christian missions, abandoned the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and are complicit in the spread of dishonest, discredited election conspiracy theories and the deadly, unpatriotic, white-nationalist terrorism at the U.S. Capitol incited by those lies," the petition launched by Faithful America says.

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January 15 2021 By dvirtue Pagan America

"Pagan" is an apt description of the oft-photographed rioter who has become the face and the symbol of the day. The man is apparently known as Q Shaman. He sauntered into the Capitol draped in an animal hide, bare chested and covered in tattoos, his face painted, and wearing animal horns on his head. He doesn't look like a European barbarian by accident; no, he is intentionally invoking the unconstrained ethic of power that, in Europe, Christianity sought to tame.

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