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April 12 2020 By virtueonline Open the churches for Easter -- and give people hope

In all the discussions about the medical, economic and social implications of this crisis, however, I have missed any discussion of its spiritual effects. The lockdown itself will have profound psychological consequences: being unable to work doesn't just hit the pocket, it injures the soul. We are intrinsically social beings and not being able to gather for work or play will have short- and long-term effects on relationships for most of us who are not inclined to be hermits.

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April 08 2020 By virtueonline South Carolina Supreme Court Rebuffs ECUSA Again

This time, the order dismissing the request for a writ of prohibition was signed by all four Justices currently qualified to act on the case (with Justice Hearn having disqualified herself). That can be interpreted as a fairly strong statement that the majority of the Court is not persuaded that Circuit Judge Dickson is doing anything improper on remand. As Bishop Lawrence's attorneys pointed out in their opposition to the petition (see p.

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April 08 2020 By virtueonline Episcopal Church Reports No Change In Attendance In Recent Weeks

"Business as usual for us," said Reverend Macy Bryers of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Ryder Falls, Iowa. "We didn't even know there was a lockdown, to be frank. I was just bringing the message of love and tolerance and Jesus being a good teacher and stuff to the empty pews just like normal. I just tell everyone they don't really need Jesus or the Bible or God -- they just need a positive, can-do attitude and some good, old-fashioned self-esteem."

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April 07 2020 By virtueonline COPING WITH DEATH

In the face of any illness some will say 'I'm going to beat this'. Some think they will not get Coronavirus at all, not show symptoms or fight off the infection easily. We cannot know how it will affect us. Occasionally even young people have died in this outbreak. Everyone is at risk and has to live with uncertainty. Just praying or going to church will not protect us.

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April 04 2020 By virtueonline Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It's Not Supposed To

Rationalists (including Christian rationalists) want explanations; Romantics (including Christian romantics) want to be given a sigh of relief. But perhaps what we need more than either is to recover the biblical tradition of lament. Lament is what happens when people ask, "Why?" and don't get an answer. It's where we get to when we move beyond our self-centered worry about our sins and failings and look more broadly at the suffering of the world.

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April 02 2020 By virtueonline Is the Coronavirus a Divine Judgment?

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
(Matthew 24:6-8)

Birth Pang?

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April 01 2020 By virtueonline The president, the pandemic and the limits of positive thinking

What if the president's mendacity actually reflects his theology -- the power of positive thinking?

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March 31 2020 By virtueonline Obedience to God and Love of Neighbor in the Face of a Coronavirus: A Christian's Mandate

A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic tends to jerk humanity into the most fundamental theological questions. Who would have thought just a couple weeks ago that many would be forced to shelter in place, restrict their movements to only the grocery store and a local pharmacy? As this pandemic continues to cast its shadow, humanity will be forced into the most basic yet most important questions any human could ask. Life and death are now, all the sudden, our daily conversation.

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March 30 2020 By virtueonline India in lock-down. Christian Ministry continues

Our Health Centre will remain open with one nurse and a doctor on call. The ambulance will be available as needed. A maintenance staff have been asked to move on to the compound to help keep the place going.

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March 26 2020 By virtueonline The Judgment of God and the COVID-19 Virus

Smeaton explained how abortion has killed "between one to two billion" people in the world in the last 50 years. "That's more people killed than all the people killed in all the wars in the whole of recorded human history."

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