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December 13 2019 By virtueonline Casting Our Crowns Before Him

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
(Ephesians 2:10)

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December 11 2019 By virtueonline No Christians Allowed: Muslim UN Officials Block Syrian Christian Refugees from Getting Help

One of the refugees, Hasan, a Syrian convert to Christianity, told us in a phone call that Muslim UN camp officials "knew that we were Muslims and became Christians and they dealt with us with persecution and mockery. They didn't let us into the office. They ignored our request."

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December 09 2019 By virtueonline In China, they're closing churches, jailing pastors -- and even rewriting scripture

Now the hall Wang preached from sits empty, the pulpit and cross that once hung behind him both gone. Prayer cushions have been replaced by a ping-pong table and a film of dust. New tenants, a construction company and a business association, occupy the three floors the church once rented. Plainclothes police stand outside, turning away those looking for the church.

One of the officers told the Observer: "I have to tell you to leave and watch until you get in a car and go."

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December 06 2019 By virtueonline Islam has three political strategies; immigration, population and violence. Reflections on Usman Khan...

If that's true, it makes Jack Merritt's death doubly tragic. His poor father, desperate to honour his dead son's memory, asked the politicians not to use his son's murder in their political campaigns as a political football. But, that wasn't going to happen. It didn't happen; it couldn't happen.

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December 02 2019 By virtueonline CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: Kirk doomed if squabbling doesn't stop, minister says

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, a former moderator and principal clerk of the church's general assembly, urged members to put aside their differences and work together. Speaking of the reforms he said: "If we do not change the way we think of our colleagues or learn to speak well of our brothers and sisters in Christ -- even those we disagree -- it may all be for nothing. Ours is a culture that needs to change".

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December 02 2019 By virtueonline Atheism is 'hopelessly simplistic', says Oxford professor Alister McGrath

"A way of making sense of myself, of our world, and also providing conceptual space for science. In other words, I continued to love science as something that really mattered, but having a framework into which I could fit it."

Professor McGrath was debating US bologist Bret Weinstein, one of the leading voices in the 'intellectual dark web' who does not believe in the existence of a supernatural deity.

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The prelates called on Catholics to vote only for candidates who will uphold "the innate dignity of every human being; defending both the child in the womb and the good of the mother."

The bishops' direct intervention days before the election is being interpreted as a call against voting for the Labour or Liberal Democrats, as both parties have stated their intent to decriminalis\ze abortion up to birth by ending all legal restrictions.

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November 27 2019 By virtueonline New Russian Law Targets Christians in New Acts of Oppression

But the law also puts more restrictions on religious groups' activities in the name of fighting "extremism," a term that rights activists have long complained is so broad and ill-defined that any manner of dissent or unsanctioned protest could be criminalized.

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November 27 2019 By virtueonline Ten Objections to Women Priests

Reading Galatians 3:28 in context, it is apparent that Paul is speaking of the unity of the body of Christ. He is not promoting gender equality as it is framed today. As the Supper was intended to unite the participants to the Head, Jesus Christ, the idea of a woman presiding at the Feast would have been unthinkable.

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November 24 2019 By virtueonline Inclusive vision for Church of Ireland

Every Church of Ireland minister is committed to this. At their ordination, they promise to expound the Scriptures and teach the doctrine of the Church of Ireland to all irrespective of gender, race or sexuality.

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