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December 23 2020 By dvirtue Bishops, Safeguarding and Jonathan Fletcher

They have already been shared in the public domain. But the fact of an inhibition on Fletcher's ministry was important because of his powerful and influential hold over so many clergy and institutions at the time. He had for decades enjoyed real power. This he possessed through patronage, wealth, social charisma and a huge range of contacts. In particular, there was an entire generation of evangelical clergy, now in their 50s, who looked to him as their mentor.

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December 19 2020 By dvirtue Medical and Mercy Ministry at a Refugee Camp in the Diocese of Kaduna, Nigeria

In 2019 and 2020, this violence has reached a crescendo in Kaduna state. Many IDP camps have sprung up overnight in areas near our rural clinic there. This is the story of our mission of bringing medical care and humanitarian help to one of these IDP camps.

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December 19 2020 By dvirtue The Incarnation is for ever and not just for Christmas

The writer to the Hebrews, however, views Jesus with bifocal vision, seeing Jesus in depth. We are introduced to the Son's divinity at the very outset in chapter 1 and verse 3, 'The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.' That is who the Son was and is and ever will be- God.

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December 17 2020 By dvirtue Jericho march in DC: Coming-out party for a movement journalists haven't really covered

Not so fast.

Turn your attention to the folks attending a "Jericho march" in Washington DC last Saturday where a mix of evangelical Protestants, Catholics and Messianic Jews claimed that President Trump had indeed won the election (but it was stolen) and that somehow, miraculously, God would see to it that he, not Joe Biden, will be inaugurated next month. This might require use of military force or militias.

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December 16 2020 By dvirtue Sydney Evangelical Anglican Rector Calls Fellow Evangelicals to Repentance

Sadly, the testimony that reaches my ears on a regular basis tells me that we often do not manage our own culture and systems well. We are not very good at managing the operations of power and authority. And I am aware how I personally have contributed to and benefitted from this culture. I know that I have mishandled my power. Are we really committed to own ongoing [edit:] repentance as individuals as as a result, reformation as an institution?

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December 11 2020 By dvirtue COVID-19 Where is God in all this?

The authors have had the courage to address media headlines that require a response, such as professional carers refusing to care in the absence of PPE (personal protective equipment), and families being prevented from visiting and 'being there' for their much-loved relatives. The reader is given known facts relating to COVID-19 along with insight around challenges clinicians are facing, where the rules relating to care are frequently updated.

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December 02 2020 By dvirtue The Early Church on Property, Riches, and Poverty -- A Response

The major problem with this objection, however, is that it smuggles in the idea that the earliest Christians believed private property morally belonged to whoever held legal right to it. While the texts of the New Testament do not have strong, explicit claims about private property, the witness of Christian leaders writing in the few hundred years following the first generation of the apostles is incredibly clear: God has a different idea of what belongs to whom than modern Americans do.

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December 01 2020 By dvirtue COVID-19 VACCINE: Are Clergy First Responders, or Last?

So who goes first?

The Centers for Disease Control is apparently drawing up priority guidelines as to "essential" recipients, and it is thought that the elderly and "first responders" will go to the head of the line. I have heard no mention of clergy being on the list of essential workers.

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Ever since my conversion in 1988, a verse of the Bible has been very precious to me: 'Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels' (Mark 8:38). This was one of the many verses which guided my stand against Mermaids. Why did I feel the need to take a stand? I was convinced that what they were promoting was harming, and would harm, the children in the school.

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November 26 2020 By dvirtue Anglican Soul-Searching About the Occult

Christians are especially vulnerable. We should refrain from use of Tarot cards and Ouija boards, never participate in seances or shamanic rituals, never purchase occult objects, or visit places that the local populations perceive as inhabited by spirits.

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