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March 03 2021 By dvirtue HOW NOT TO BE PASTORAL

But TEC leaders were convinced that certain new findings of the social sciences--contradicting a previous consensus in the social sciences--showed that the biblical authors and Church tradition were benighted. If only they knew what was now being revealed about human nature, they would see that the SSA were made that way by God and thus deserved the same sexual freedom that heterosexuals supposedly enjoyed.

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February 25 2021 By dvirtue John Stackhouse on Ravi Zacharias and the General State of Modern Evangelicalism

Ravi Zacharias started out as an evangelist, and he remained an evangelist--rhetorically speaking. His breakout lectures at Harvard, the beginning of the Veritas Project, are excellent examples of a style of speaking popularized most by Billy Graham. RZ spins out a kind of mood, a cloud of references to pop culture, classical culture, current events, and a key scripture or two to make the basic point: "The world is in trouble, and so are you." Then, yes, Jesus is the answer.

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February 23 2021 By dvirtue Dennis Canon dead in Texas

Nor could ECUSA succeed by giving its successor group the same name as Bishop Iker's Diocese, and then pretending to assume its identity. The Texas Supreme Court saw through those machinations, and held that the majority controlling the Diocesan corporation, and not ECUSA's minority faction, were the true successors under Texas corporate law to the group that founded the original Diocese in 1983.

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February 23 2021 By dvirtue And they will know we are Christians by our hate

Yet I see this every day. We are vile. We are vicious. We are mean-spirited. We treat each other with disrespect and disdain. There is little honor. Little humility. Little grace.

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February 22 2021 By dvirtue The Wilderness of Lent

The Lenten season of preparation expanded, however, as it also became the time of preparation for converts to the faith to receive their last period of instruction prior to their baptism at Easter. That being said, the actual duration of the Lenten fast varied in the early Church. Certain churches determined upon a three week fast, while others enjoined a six or seven week fast.

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February 16 2021 By dvirtue The Etiology of the Cancel Culture

Eiseley writes of times when people grow tired of history and because they cannot remake it, they seek to destroy it. The marks of such times are social disruption and intolerance, what Rocco Buttiglione terms "moral amputation."

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February 14 2021 By dvirtue After Max Lucado Apology, Is Justin Welby Welcome at National Cathedral?

Lucado offered a pre-recorded sermon this past Sunday addressing the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life. The Texas megachurch pastor isn't the first Evangelical to speak at the Cathedral, but his invitation incensed LGBT activists who launched a petition drive in protest of the invitation.

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February 12 2021 By dvirtue Biblical Principles of Psychospiritual Transformation and its Application to Reparative Therapy

I am starting this study with the following scripture passage because of the bottom-line point... that some desperately hurting people (even church people) refuse to believe that God is sovereign and omnipotent. They deny that He can and will transform their desires and habits into godly desires and habits (if they repent and trust in Christ).

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February 11 2021 By dvirtue Does the Church of England have a future?

As the one who led the Church's Millennium review into its human and financial resources, I know that its most precious assets are the people at the 'coal face'; the vast army of clergy and lay people who keep churches, church schools, food banks, advice centres and much else open for the use of countless communities. Dare I say it, every community in England would be poorer without them. Cutting clergy numbers should be the last thing contemplated.

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February 10 2021 By dvirtue Church of England: Responses to Jarel Robinson-Brown's tweet

"Your statement raises questions about the freedom of thought and speech of individual clergy, and fails to fully acknowledge the deliberate and hateful way that Jarel's tweet has been misconstrued and used to attack him in ways that are both racist and homophobic ... This is a serious safeguarding issue."

While I agree that Jarel is entitled to be safeguarded against abuse, this comment misses the point. How?

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