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October 06 2022 By dvirtue THE LAST LAMBETH CONFERENCE

The Conference has gathered each decade, more or less, since 1867, representing something called the "Anglican Communion." This phrase derived, in the mid-nineteenth century, from the great missionary expansion that saw Anglican churches planted around the globe. Originally meant to gather Anglican bishops for consultation and "fellowship," the Lambeth gathering grew in influence, and its resolutions attained significant authority.

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October 01 2022 By dvirtue Befuddled, bedazzled, and bankrupt?

The survey had a fairly strict definition in order to qualify as an "Evangelical." To be considered an Evangelical, people needed to "strongly agree" with the following statements:

The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.

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September 30 2022 By dvirtue NEW WINE FOR NEW WINESKINS

In addition, the stirring morning devotions that Bishop Thad Barnum gave brought hope to those struggling on the mission field. He encouraged us to stir up the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit bestows on every person, lay and ordained, for ministry!

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September 27 2022 By dvirtue A CONVERSATION

Michael: I think that author has made a profound observation. Early on in my ministry I was taught (probably by a Puritan divine) that the primary job of the pastor was to prepare his flock to die well. I took that to heart and one of the main ways I judge how well I've lived out my vocation is by how well my people have gone on to meet Jesus. Did they go with fear of what lies ahead or did they depart in peace and even anticipation?

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September 26 2022 By dvirtue The Christian Core of the West and the Need for Renewal

Then it was the Reformation that gave impetus to the modern world, Guinness maintained. Indeed, "the Reformation created the modern world." He said that "for 500 years, the West has dominated the world." He added that from the Jewish perspective, the Reformation was a rediscovery of the Torah. When historians say that "'Western civilization is the greatest civilization, ever,' that's not a moral compliment," he said.

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September 21 2022 By dvirtue Against the Magisterium of Specialists

One could say that the modern world is dominated by a particular type of expert--the specialist. Years ago, the philosopher Paul Feyerabend wrote about the Galileo affair as an example of a conflict between two types of experts.

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September 16 2022 By virtueonline Queen Elizabeth II, Empire, Commonwealth and Christian Faith

There is no doubt that Queen Elizabeth inherited a very difficult task in managing the transition from empire to Commonwealth without rubbishing the history of the nation of which she was Queen. There were some terrible legacies of violence against colonial people - think of the Amritsar massacre in India in 1919, and the repression of the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya 1952-60. The Suez mis-adventure against President Nasser's nationalisation of the Suez Canal in 1956 was thankfully aborted.

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September 13 2022 By virtueonline REGRETS

For more years than I care to think I preached get-better messages. I cringe thinking about my old sermons. I regret the lost opportunities of those messages that pounded home the idea that we just need to try harder, pray and give more, read the Bible every day, attend church every week, and be nicer.

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September 04 2022 By virtueonline An Anglican "lifeboat" for Australia

The official Anglican Church of Australia is not a "monolithic" structure. Its structure and some legal issues around its governance were helpfully set out in a decision of Hammerschlag J in the NSW Supreme Court in 2015:

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August 26 2022 By dvirtue LAMBETH 2022: THE ELEVATION OF EXPERIENCE

Most Anglicans worldwide acknowledge that sexual relations are only permitted between one man and one wife within the context of a life-long marriage. It is a very simple concept that is very readily understood from scripture.

The Archbishop of Canterbury demonstrated that he could simultaneously accept two contradictory positions as equally valid. One recalls the quip about the man who "had a mind so fine as to be incapable of understanding contradiction."

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