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December 13 2018 By dvirtue Transitioning a Liturgy

The bishops start by affirming that all people are welcome at church and celebrating the diversity of the body of Christ. Those are things that every evangelical Christian would want to endorse enthusiastically. Our astonishment at God's amazing grace, that embraces even a sinner like me, drives us to want others to share in that too.

However, this guidance is highly problematic for a number of reasons:

Distorting liturgy

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December 09 2018 By dvirtue Bush-41 returns to St. Martin's-Houston for final rites

Accompanying him on the president's plane was Fr. Russell Levenson, St. Martin's rector, who has been the Bush family pastor for a dozen years. He was at Bush-41's bedside when he died. He went with the grieving Bush family to Washington, DC for the formal state funeral at the National Cathedral. He accompanied the Bushes back to Houston on Special Mission 41.

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December 05 2018 By dvirtue What Archbishop Sentamu calls a "childish dream" is in reality a biblical vision

Millions of non-Christians, many of them young Western men, are hungrily devouring Peterson's YouTube lectures on the Bible. There is indeed a famine, not of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the Lord, as the prophet Amos declared. But try getting 50 young white men to listen to the diocesan bishop teach Genesis or even the sexy Song of Songs and if it's successful, I'll change my surname to Sentamu or, even better, Sent-to-moo.

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December 03 2018 By dvirtue Derby Cathedral banned vicar for not paying diocese "protection money"

"It's a question of power and at the end of the day money means power," the Reverend Melvin Tinker, vicar of St John's Newland in Hull, said in an Anglican Unscripted interview.

Tinker said that Derby Cathedral had refused to let him preach not so much because of his theology but because his church stopped its freewill offerings to the Diocese of York after the Church of England's General Synod in 2017.

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November 26 2018 By dvirtue The Pope Who Would Destroy the Church

The critics are right that the revolution is wrong. This is not reform; it is not even conversion. It is conquest. If it is not stopped, the gates of Hades will prevail against the Church, which will die out everywhere just as it is dying out in the lands of the revolutionaries themselves. We must appeal to Heaven to stop it and be prepared to help stop it, confident in our Lord's promise that those gates shall not prevail and that his Church will not fail.

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November 22 2018 By dvirtue Walking on Broken Glass

Dr Idowu Fearon explained:

"It is our practice to remind all newly enthroned Primates that this communion of churches is very precious, and as Primates they are responsible for keeping this precious family together. They have no right to break it, and that is why we give them something that is breakable. So that they make sure they don't drop it."

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November 20 2018 By dvirtue Bishop Bill Love: No to Same-Sex Marriages in Episcopal Diocese of Albany

Love cites his obligation as a bishop "called to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church" among several reasons for his decision against implementing the rites. The bishop characterizes the dispute as part of his dioceses' "faithfulness in upholding God's Word."

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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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