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January 27 2019 By dvirtue CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND NON-PROFIT COMPANIES -- Part 1

How do we understand the Church of South India Trust Association (CSITA) as a non-profit organisation? The CSITA is an incorporated body under Sec. 8 of the INDIAN COMPANIES ACT, 2013. Section 8 under the heading "Formation of companies with charitable objects, etc." has the following statutory clauses.
"Where it is proved to the satisfaction of the Central Government that a person or an association of persons proposed to be registered under this Act as a limited company:

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January 26 2019 By dvirtue WELBY: A Poem

And so the lord of Canterbury
Begins his secret vocabulary,
Resolving ne'er to be a failure
In the exercise of glossolalia.

What seems the basis of this boast?
Whom the inspirational "ghost"?
One doubts the presence of the Lord,
Given the contradiction of his word.

For some of us can clearly see
That Welby and the Scriptures disagree.

END

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January 25 2019 By dvirtue John Shelby Spong's Last Book "Unbelievable" Is a Dud

At the time, it was reported in the press that he was 80% finished with a new book (his last), called Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today.

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January 23 2019 By dvirtue The ACNA and the Historic Priesthood

The ACNA College of Bishops recently heard from three women on the subject of women in ministry. Two of the women are ordained and one is a lay person. If the bishops are earnestly interested in listening to all views, what I offer here may be helpful. I speak as a woman in lay ministry.

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January 20 2019 By dvirtue Is Islam Ethical?

One might argue that Islamic ethics is essentially about domination. The religion provides justifications to kill non-Muslims, rape, seize lands, behead those who commit adultery (mostly pinned on women); dismember law breakers, enslave women and boys for sex, and tell lies to advance Islam. This ethical system is contrary to the values espoused by most Western young people who oppose discrimination, segregation, and the destruction of priceless artifacts.

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January 17 2019 By dvirtue Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality! Why Not?

The "Jesus never mentioned it" argument has numerous and serious flaws, so let's go through them one by one.

1. The most obvious point to make is that Jesus didn't mention any number of sins. For example, He never mentioned child sexual abuse or wife beating. Does that mean that they are no longer sins? He never mentioned transvestism (Deuteronomy 22:5). Does that make it okay now?

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January 16 2019 By dvirtue OF MAN-PLEASERS AND MOCKINGBIRDS

The article's title was a shocker: "Popular Megachurch Pastor Says 10 Commandments No Longer Apply to Christians." To quote the article, "In a piece posted to Relevant Magazine on Monday, Pastor Stanley said that since the Ten Commandments come from the old covenant, Christians should stop erecting monuments dedicated to them...

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January 14 2019 By dvirtue Anglican bishop gives masterclass in the art of the apology

Now fast forward from 1946, when Mikes wrote his classic, to 2004 and dive into social anthropologist Kate Fox's Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. It is a book I recommended to international students when I was a university chaplain.

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January 12 2019 By dvirtue Episcopal Bishops who have been inhibited and deposed over the years

2007: Andrew Fairfield (X North Dakota);
2007: David Bena (Albany-Suffragan);
2007: William Cox (Oklahoma - Assistant)
2008: John-David Schofield (IV San Joaquin);
2008: Edward MacBurney (VII Quincy);
2008: Terence Kelshaw (VII Rio Grande);
2008: Jack Iker (III Fort Worth);
2008: Robert Duncan (VII Pittsburgh);
2009: David Bane (IX Southern Virginia);
2009: William Wantland (VI Eau Claire);
2009: Keith Ackerman (VIII Quincy);

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January 10 2019 By dvirtue Prayer urged for Chinese pastor in Chinese jail

He powerfully writes: "Separate me from my wife and children, ruin my reputation, destroy my life and my family -- the authorities are capable of doing all of these things. However, no one in this world can force me to renounce my faith."

Barnabas Fund has launched a global initiative to pray for Pastor Wang Yi through their new webpage "Christian Prisoners of Conscience". The charity has released the following prayer for use in public and private intercession:

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