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October 05 2021 By dvirtue BBC Editorial Guidelines and Christian Values

At first, I could not believe my ears, so I ran the programme back to re-listen. Yes, there it was. So I jumped to it, fetched my laptop and found the BBC's online complaints form. I simply said, Please don't use the name of Jesus as an expletive...you would not allow names special to other religions to be used on air in the same way...please respect the views of Christians (that's a summary -- it was a very short complaint).

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October 04 2021 By dvirtue The ACNA Continues on Towards Unity And Maturity

The American Anglican Council (AAC) is committed to partnering with the ACNA as it journeys towards its full and rich identity. Recently, the AAC provided space for ACNA bishops to meet and receive teaching, prayer, resources, and fellowship through the AAC's Bishops Leadership Academy (BLA). As the Rev.

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September 29 2021 By dvirtue The Climate Crisis: A Sober Assessment is Needed of What Humans Can and Cannot Do

Later, in another pastorate he was to give up both a salary and health care for my mother, stricken with Parkinson's Disease, because the church voted to start a so-called Christian school to avoid desegregation. His resignation, with no immediate job in sight, emanated from his sober self-assessment that he had failed this congregation somehow in not getting through to them that all humans are equal before God, had long-term repercussions.

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September 29 2021 By dvirtue When will Christians learn from the unending engagement cycle of evangelicalism and race?

But the story doesn't stop there. Historian Grant Wacker notes that as the civil rights movement intensified, Graham distanced himself from King by attempting to chart a moderate path. Decades later, Graham himself would speak of his lack of engagement in the civil rights movement as one of his great regrets.

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September 28 2021 By dvirtue If GAFCON Is Merely A Conference, What Is The Point?

"that the provinces of GAFCON should retain the historic practice of the consecration only of men as bishops until and unless a strong consensus to change emerges after prayer, consultation and continued study of Scripture among the GAFCON Fellowship." (emphasis added)
• The GAFCON Primates reaffirmed this recommendation in their 2019 Communique from Sydney.

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September 28 2021 By dvirtue WALES: No laughing matter

"Suitability, character, gifts - that was why Joanna was elected as Bishop."

Those words must be ringing in the ears of anyone who really cares about the Church in Wales as their spiritual home. It is no longer a laughing matter.

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September 28 2021 By dvirtue GOOD THEOLOGY

Just as there are no born masters of theology, there are also no born teachers of theology. Now, I understand that there are those who will describe someone as a "gifted teacher". Most of the time, however, they are usually saying that the person in question is a charismatic speaker. That is, they hold people's attention while they are speaking. They tell funny stories that are memorable. They may even be able to move people to tears.

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September 27 2021 By dvirtue Larger Than an Orange by Lucy Burns review -- a poignant account of an abortion

The story begins in 2017 with Burns, then 26, telling a medical professional that she wants to have an abortion. That professional becomes One -- the first in a long list of people who know about the abortion. Burns becomes obsessed with counting these people: Two is her sexual partner; Three and Four friends. None has a name -- her relationships with them are redefined in light of what is happening to her.

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September 27 2021 By dvirtue Religious belief really does seem to draw the sting of poverty

But that has turned out not to be true. Abundant evidence suggests the relationship between status and mental health is stronger, not weaker, in rich countries than in poor ones. Ms Berkessel, who studies the psychological effects of religion, noticed that economic development is also inversely correlated with religiosity--the richer a country, the more godless it tends to be. Perhaps that was driving the change?

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September 24 2021 By dvirtue NEW ZEALAND: Confessing Anglican Bishop Condemns Prohibition of Conversion Practices

3. However, I respectfully submit that the Bill as it stands fails to achieve its objectives and goes too far in the following respects:
a. The Bill elevates state-mandated values above those of parents. Parents or legal guardians, especially those of faith, will risk criminal liability for raising their children according to their beliefs, ethics and conscience.
b. The Bill is contrary to fundamental rights and personal autonomy.

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