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January 05 2005 By virtueonline God and the Tsunami: From Death Comes Life - by David Roseberry

The Bible does not flinch in addressing the question of suffering. From Job to Jesus, the question of suffering, evil, the will of God, and the realities of life are at the forefront of the biblical witness. There is no single answer, but from a biblical perspective, bad things happen to good people for the same reason they happen to bad people: because we live in a thoroughly broken world.

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January 04 2005 By virtueonline Tsunami and the Gospel - by C. FitzSimons Allison

"Is He saying to us, as we watch scenes of such sudden and unimaginable suffering and death, that unless we repent we shall likewise perish? It is difficult to make sense of the text short of saying "yes" to this question. The key to the sustaining hope in these conditions is Thomas Cranmer's wisdom about repentance, what he called 'renewing the power to love'."

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January 04 2005 By virtueonline TSUNAMI: "We find our life with God"

No persons of “faith”, who have not themselves been a part of a social conflagration – now well-studied in recent memory, from World War II to Rwanda, with many human and “natural” disasters in between -- dare dismiss the depth of woundedness, sometimes unto mental death, that is bound up with going through and surviving these events.

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January 01 2005 By virtueonline Tsunami, Sovereignty, and Mercy - by John Piper

1. Satan is not ultimate, God is.

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December 31 2004 By virtueonline Causing traditional churches to grow - by Peter Toon

Importantly, the pendulum’s movement is indicating that for the first time in a long time the “evangelicals” are beginning to recognize that the basic and real purpose of “a service of worship” is simply to offer worship – as praise, thanksgiving, confession, petition and intercession, but chiefly praise – to the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Further, to see that all genuine ministry & mission flow from and surround such holy, God-centered, corporate worship.

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December 30 2004 By virtueonline KISSING JUDASES: How the Episcopal leaders have betrayed their own faith

This theme of correcting, improving, updating, reinterpreting, reinventing, and streamlining ideas about God emerged as a powerful and deliberate movement in the Christian church in the eighteenth century, in response to Enlightenment attacks on faith and Enlightenment views of progress.

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December 25 2004 By virtueonline The Post Windsor World of 815 - by Bill Atwood

That fall, the Archbishop of Canterbury called an emergency meeting of the Primates to deal with what the Episcopal Church had done. In their discussion it was made abundantly clear that the Anglican Communion would be “torn at its fabric” if ECUSA proceeded with the consecration of a bishop in a same-sex relationship. Even the Presiding Bishop of ECUSA signed the report, recognizing the gravity of the situation. He then went on to be the chief consecrator in New Hampshire.

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December 24 2004 By virtueonline Do you know where your ministers are? - by Burt Prelutsky

Which is just one of the reasons I'm glad I wasn't invited to the big shindig the American Academy of Religion held recently in San Antonio, Texas.

The AAR, founded in 1909, is an organization composed of professors of religion, church historians, theologians and ethicists. Some 7,500 of them were expected to come together to share research and team up on various projects.

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December 21 2004 By virtueonline Poor clergyman doesn't know he's afflicted - by Ted Byfield

But it's pertinent that he is an Anglican clergyman and sometime academic.

Needless to say, he was writing in the Globe and Mail, a journal which frequently opens its pages to people similarly afflicted, though rarely as severely as this poor man.

He was writing on the gay marriage issue, and he wanted the world to know that, even though he is "a church-going, Bible-reading, creed- affirming Christian," he is whole-heartedly in favour of gay marriage.

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December 19 2004 By virtueonline Bishops, bishops and more bishops - by Peter Toon

Now, the fervent desire of the present members of the extra-mural Anglican Way to have a large supply of bishops is such that - to borrow from Presbyterian Polity -- all presbyters should be regarded as bishops and all bishops as presbyters and so all presbyters consecrated bishops; and then henceforth the normal way of ordination for all postulants should be deacon for one year, presbyter for three years, and bishop then onwards.

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