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November 06 2019 By virtueonline OUTLINE OF AN ANGLICAN PARISH IN THE POST-HUMAN WEST

A second path is to kill oneself rather than be ravaged by the invading barbarian hordes. In an age of unparalleled material wealth, tens of thousands of Westerners are murdering themselves every year through suicide and substance abuse rather than face the pain promised by further contact with our desperately fallen age.

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November 06 2019 By virtueonline IS GAFCON A CHURCH? with a Reply to Global South Anglicans

Respectfully, I beg to differ with Canon Ashey's claim of uniqueness for the Global South Anglican covenant.

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November 05 2019 By virtueonline DIVORCE IN THE ANGLICAN FAMILY

So at the risk of reviving unhappy quarrels around the supper table, here it is:

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Let's face it: the Anglican Communion is breaking up. Statements about "breaking ties," "impaired communion," and "loose federation" are commonplace since the election and consecration of Gene Robinson last year.[*] Call it what you will, Anglicans throughout the world are going through a divorce.

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November 04 2019 By virtueonline Anglicans Moved for the Persecuted Church: Part One

In addition, Patricia Streeter, who leads ministry for persecuted Christians at St. James Anglican Church, Costa Mesa, CA, and I led a pre-conference on The Persecuted Church before New Wineskins 2019 began. At that pre-conference we made the plans for the Anglican Persecuted Church Network.

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November 03 2019 By virtueonline "Anglican Family" or Anglican Communion? A brief overview of Brazilian Anglicanism. -- Part 2

This article met my convictions about Anglicanism and, in the words of Archbishop Emeritus Dr. Rowan Williams, they gain a very special weight, obviously, after all, we all know of their theological potential and their importance in world Anglicanism.

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November 01 2019 By virtueonline How God is Reaching Muslims By Dreams

Dreams and Visions

Over the last 2 years, we've recieved dozens and dozens of reports and recieved messages where Muslims have had dreams or visions of Jesus. Here are a couple of actual messages recieved this year, but I have changed their names to protect their identity for obvious reasons. One message came from Abdullah who lives in Iran, which is one of the most closed nations in the world, and perhaps one of the most hostile toward Christianity. Abdullah wrote:

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November 01 2019 By virtueonline Christianity Collapsing in America

Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share. Currently, 43% of U.S. adults identify with Protestantism, down from 51% in 2009. And one-in-five adults (20%) are Catholic, down from 23% in 2009. Meanwhile, all subsets of the religiously unaffiliated population -- a group also known as religious "nones" -- have seen their numbers swell. Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S.

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October 31 2019 By virtueonline Unmarried Men and the Church

I can't say what it is about the abjuration of earthly delights that yields some coherence of doctrine. So far as I can tell no other "Abrahamic" religious tradition imposes or even suggests the practice of celibacy: rabbis, emirs, mullahs all marry and have offspring, and in the Eastern Orthodox tradition priests may, indeed must marry. Orthodox bishops by contrast are drawn from ranks of the unmarried at ordination.

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October 30 2019 By virtueonline Seeing the World Change in Front of your Eyes: a week in North Carolina and New Wineskins 2019

We actually had three events to attend at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina: a member-care workshop for Anglican Frontier Missions (Monday--Wednesday), the AFM pre-conference (Thursday), and the New Wineskins conference itself (Friday--Sunday). All in all it was seven days in a row in the attractive but secluded Southern Baptist enclave.

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October 24 2019 By virtueonline MY EXCOMMUNICATION

In 1992, a group of dissident bishops of the American Episcopal Church held a meeting after that denomination's triennial general convention--the notorious convention whose delegates had failed to agree upon a resolution calling for bishops and priests to be sexually continent outside of marriage. The dissident bishops proposed a new structure, a missionary diocese as wide as the entire country.

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