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January 17 2020 By virtueonline Church of England softens up parishioners for same-sex marriage change

The six principles 'for living well together', as outlined in a new video presented by group members, 'invite church communities to examine afresh their life together, seeing our many differences as gifts that can build us up in trust and mutual affection'.

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January 15 2020 By virtueonline Church Planting Leaders Conference

It has grown from a small gathering to nearly 20 authorised regional leaders committed to an unprecedented work in Global Anglicanism: a network of Church Planting Leaders and practitioners who see "the world as our mission field".

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The perpetrator confessed to the crime, even though she said she was unable to explain why she did it.

Meanwhile, on the same day and in the same town, another arsonist set fire to a crib in the church of San Salvatore, destroying the altar linen. The two churches are near one other, close to the historic city center.

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January 07 2020 By virtueonline American evangelicals inspired by conference focus on preaching

Each were outstanding and reflected on preaching in a postmodern context. Workshops included one on EFAC Global, led by myself.

The Conference had an excellent spirit with very good relations between the Episcopal and ACNA people.

They have a clear sense of being in a new season and that EFAC USA/Global has a vital role in drawing together evangelicals from within both TEC and ACNA.

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January 07 2020 By virtueonline Episcopalians' Appraisal of the United Methodist Separation Protocol

In the Episcopal Church, there is presently no accepted canonical way -- short of an act of General Convention -- for a parish or diocese to peaceably depart unchallenged by church authorities. This contrasts with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which permits congregations to re-affiliate with another Lutheran denomination with two simple majority votes.

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January 03 2020 By virtueonline Free speech for 2020!

But as a parallel to the pollution of the oceans is the pollution of our freedom to speak and to think. The 'woke culture' is growing deeper and deeper tentacles. This last year Kanye West was told he was not really black. Douglas Murray was told he was not really gay. Germaine Greer was told she was not a feminist, and JK Rowling was struck off the reading list of the woke because she was a transphobe.

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January 03 2020 By virtueonline Parting words from Bishop Iker as he retires

How blessed I have been -- though unworthy as I am -- that these frail, human hands have baptized hundreds of children and adults, giving them new life in Christ through the waters of Holy Baptism. How many hundreds I have confirmed, imparting to them the strengthening gifts of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands with prayer.

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January 02 2020 By virtueonline Anti-Gun Priest Suggests He'd Rather Let His Parishioners Die Than Allow Guns in Church

And some will say that's imprudent and foolish and I'll say, but where are the fools for Christ? And who said the gospel was supposed to be easy?

Zipple dismissed those who claimed the incident showed why parishioners should be permitted to carry guns at church.

Not even the possible deaths of people in or near the church could justify arming his congregation, Zipple seemed to suggest.

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December 30 2019 By virtueonline 11 New Year's Predictions that Endure: Bible Version

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. God will still love you.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

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December 27 2019 By virtueonline JACKSONVILLE, FL: Continuing Communion Averts Major Schism, Maintains Existing Canons

"Apostolic Succession and valid Holy Orders are an integral part of any communion that is faithfully part of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church," said Abp Robert Gosselin, the designate to become the new General Secretary of the Continuing Communion, "and without Canons that cover the entire organization, the validity of orders becomes a significant issue." Canon Law, in its simplest sense, is the set of rules and ordinances governing the historic Church.

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