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November 20 2018 By dvirtue JOS, Nigeria: Boko Haram Put a Bounty on My Head

Nigerian Christianity is under siege from radical Islam. The country's importance to Africa, and to Christianity as a whole, makes this siege particularly noteworthy. With a population of nearly 200 million--about 50% Christian, 40% Muslim and 10% animist--by 2050 Nigeria will become the third most populous country in the world, the United Nations estimates. No wonder Nigeria has been a strategic target for radical Islamists for several decades.

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November 16 2018 By dvirtue The Prophet Jeremiah

It's a bit like Thomas. I really think he shouldn't be called "Doubting Thomas" at all, but "Believing Thomas" given the wonderful confession that he makes. (John 20:28)

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November 10 2018 By dvirtue Anti-Semitism in The Episcopal Church

This may strike some as surprising since the Episcopal Church seems to be the vanguard of progressive mainline Christianity. Citing the single most-quoted clause of the Baptismal Covenant, Episcopalians have been quick to condemn instances when racists or neo-nationalists have violated the dignity of human beings. Robert Bowers' deranged attack at the Tree of Life synagogue seems to have been motivated by these forces, lately given new life by the populist politics of the extreme right.

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November 08 2018 By dvirtue What does the Oxford Ad Clerum mean?


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November 08 2018 By dvirtue Amidst all the buffoonery, Trump is right to reject the Palestinian definition of 'refugee'

The justifications for these cuts are quite straight-forward, obvious, and observable by examining the use to which the money is put. The funding directly benefits Hamas, which is illegal under US law. The funding has been diverted to support and sustain offensive actions against Israel. But the most significant aspect of the funding is that it perpetuates the refugee situation by providing the Palestinians an indefinite means of support.

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November 08 2018 By dvirtue Tim Keller on Evangelicals and Politics, Social Justice, How Churches Should Treat Non-Christians

"God wants us to treat people of different races and faiths in a way that is respectful, loving, generous, and just," wrote Keller in the newly released book.

In an Oct. 29 interview with The Christian Post, Keller explained that as a pastor, he has preached on Jonah multiple times over the years, with the application of the message changing from time to time.

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November 06 2018 By dvirtue What will be the cost of discipleship for confessing Anglicans in Oxford Diocese

Before looking at the implications of the Oxford bishops' letter, it is important to define what a Confessing Anglican is. It is an Anglican Christian worshipper who believes ex animo in the historic Reformed Catholic teaching of the Church of England as expressed in its 39 Articles of Religion, Book of Common Prayer and Ordinal.

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November 02 2018 By dvirtue Secularism on the March: The Abolition of Marriage and Family

First of all, I am a son, a husband, a father, and a grandfather. I used to boast at UCU about having an "African family." We have five children and seven grandchildren, with more, we hope, to follow. We have an African daughter-in-law (from Kenya) and an African granddaughter (from Uganda). Peggy and I celebrated our fortieth anniversary at UCU in 2007 -- I preached a sermon to the students then -- and we celebrated our fiftieth anniversary a year ago August.

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October 31 2018 By dvirtue Frankenscience

Well, why not? This new field of Frankenscience is already creating a host of "chimeras" in the lab -- combining human-pig embryos, for example -- perfect for Halloween, wouldn't you say? Or perhaps a troubling sequel to "Back to the Future"?

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October 31 2018 By dvirtue Stephen Sizer: Christian Support for Zionism is a Danger

Sizer has drawn criticism from the Board of Deputies of British Jews for alleged anti-Semitic views and comments; including sharing a web site over social media in 2015 that asserted Israel was responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Sizer later issued an apology, and an investigation by his Church of England diocese resulted in the Anglican clergyman directed to suspend use of social media for a period of six months.

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