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September 02 2020 By dvirtue What Happens at Liberty Doesn't Stay at Liberty

My first glimpse into Liberty's regional influence happened roughly 20 years ago, when I came to visit the man who would later become my husband. He'd lived his whole life in rural southwest Virginia, where the primary force in his spiritual formation was a small Baptist church that still sits atop a knoll just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Driving through the countryside those years ago, I was entranced by the passing forests and hills dotted with small farms and rock churches.

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September 01 2020 By dvirtue JESUS AND RELIGIOUS ABUSE: Preventing the Development of Legalistic Cults and Empire Building

Jesus stood up to religious abuse and demanded change. Why should we do less? Jesus was so focused on this problem that it was the only social evil against which he ever developed a platform. It was the only cultural problem that he repeatedly exposed and opposed. Jesus took no public stand that we know of against racism, class warfare, terrorism, military occupation, corruption in government, the institution of slavery, or the exploitation of women.

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August 24 2020 By dvirtue GOAL and The Church of Uganda School Prevention Projects

In 2015 and 2016 Dr. David Whiters from GOAL continued the training introducing recovery coaching, recovery houses, and recovery walks. Some of those, Albert, Isharaza and others who were trained went on to start treatment centers in Uganda.

By 2017 Tom and Ellen Zamaria had joined as GOAL missionaries, staying at UCU, joining the Recovery Walk, visiting local schools, meeting with local recovery groups, and speaking at a Diocesan Convention.

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August 24 2020 By dvirtue The Heresy of Christian Nationalism

Speaking for myself, it is for this reason that I have to reject Christian nationalism in all of its forms and varieties, regardless of whether its messaging comes from a mega-church pulpit or from the current occupant of the White House. The reason why I have to reject it is that it is not a theological position, but wholly political and, in most cases, excessively partisan.

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August 20 2020 By dvirtue WALES: Barry Morgan rides again

It is a pity that Morgan's new commitment to religious freedoms did not extend to Orthodox Anglicans in Wales who were quickly shown the door for not supporting his programme of secularising the Church in Wales.

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August 20 2020 By dvirtue You don't have to be a contrarian to question and resist Group Think

But my fear of going mad goes back to when I got ill as a child.

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August 17 2020 By dvirtue Over Half of the Church Doesn't Believe the Gospel

Now, I had just become a Christian months prior, and I was devouring resources and Scripture simply because I had lived my life up to that point as someone wholly devoted to a secular worldview. Everything came crashing down for me, which, in one sense was quite easy because when I converted, I understood that coming to Christ meant a total overhaul of everything I knew, believed, and practiced. For me, it was a paradigm shift.

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August 14 2020 By dvirtue PHILADELPHIA STATEMENT: 'Hate Speech' Label Does Damage to Civil Dialogue

The statement was released Aug. 11. Its signers include academics, religious leaders and other commentators, including Archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia Charles Chaput and Princeton Law School professor Robert George.

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August 12 2020 By dvirtue THIN GRUEL FOR THE SOUL

Sadly, you will find no answers to these questions in What do Anglicans Believe: A Study Guide to Christian Doctrine from Anglican and Ecumenical Statements, published by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) last week. You may recall that the ACC is one of the four "instruments" or authorities of the Anglican Communion that meets periodically and is supposed to speak on behalf of the whole Anglican Communion.

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August 11 2020 By dvirtue Bishops should throw away their mitres

The most obvious one is that mitres are singularly unflattering. I did once meet bishop on whom the mitre didn't look completely stupid--but it was a long time ago, and said bishop has long retired. On most people they just look daft--ill-fitting, unflattering and awkward.

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