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September 25 2019 By virtueonline Why I Joined the Free Church of England

I bought the line then that the Church of England was 'the best boat to fish from'. I saw ministers I respected being really fruitful for Christ in the CofE, so it seemed natural for me to go to the same denomination as my evangelical leaders.

Also, the biblically-faithful legacy of the Book of Common Prayer and the 39 Articles of Religion was and still is the official doctrine of the CofE, and so an evangelical could join it with spiritual integrity.

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September 25 2019 By virtueonline 'Michael Green, by his friends': Book Review

The book is organised chronologically, but not in a strict way -- this allows some degree of overview of the decades when dealing with the various themes of Michael's life. A timeline after J.John's foreword and Julia Cameron's brief introduction is very helpful in setting the key stages of Michael's life against important events in the nation's history.

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September 24 2019 By virtueonline The long, harrowing, bloody history of persecution of Christians

As is well known, Christianity was born in a hemorrhage of blood -- first Christ's, then almost all his apostles'. Roman and Islamic Christian persecution is fairly well known, but Sookhdeo's accounts from India, Africa, Southeast Asia, China and other parts of the Orient may be news to many. Some of the treatment is sketchy because so little is known of what actually took place due to the paucity of historical sources from early ages and far-flung places.

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September 21 2019 By virtueonline When All Hope Is Lost: Secularism Can't Provide Any Adequate Hope

But he says it is unrealistic to hope that catastrophe is preventable, and he goes on to say that even as this denial makes sense psychologically -- and he writes, "Despite the outrageous fact that I'll soon be dead forever, I live in the present, not the future." He goes on to decry both major political parties in the United States. He says that the Republican Party is in denial against science. That's his accusation.

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September 18 2019 By virtueonline Catholicism Made me Protestant

The causes of any conversion (or near conversion) are many and confused. Should I foreground psychological and social factors or my theological reasoning? Certain elements of my attraction to Catholicism were adolescent, like a sixties radical's attraction to Marx or a contemporary activist's to intersectionality: I aimed to preserve the core beliefs of my upbringing while fleeing their bourgeois expressions.

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September 17 2019 By virtueonline ON THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: THE COLLAPSE IS HERE

Hey! I wrote that sentence in 2011!

Collapse, my friends. That's what's coming.

Hey! I wrote that in 2012!

In what is becoming a Groundhog-Day esque experience, the Episcopal Church has once

As Phil predicted: It's going to be cold, dark, and last the rest of your life. TEC has again released its membership numbers, and once again, it is VERY bad.

Some of the current cover-your-eyes numbers:

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September 17 2019 By virtueonline Marianne Williamson And Pete Buttigieg Are The New Proselytizers Of Politicized Religion

Pike's death was just as dramatic as his career. In September 1969, he wandered lost and confused in the Judean Desert, trying to replicate the footsteps of Jesus for a book he planned to write. Hewas ill-prepared for the trip, and there he died of thirst, heat stroke, and a 60-foot fall into a canyon.

Pike and the Episcopal Church as a Bridge to Nowhere

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September 14 2019 By virtueonline "It is quite nice to love bishops. Bishops like it. Actually, it makes the church grow better"- Archbishop Welby tells CSI and CNI Church leaders

We observed earlier that expectations of what the Archbishop might say or do are being swapped out for an anti-climax, as the visit to India was showing signs of moving towards a dull or disappointing ending or result. There were some perceptible changes as days went by. Welby was moving away from the jargon of climate change: but still he was seen as superfluous in addressing matters relating to the CSI and the Anglican Communion. Yet there are a number of observations to make.

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September 12 2019 By virtueonline Welby should stand up for Christians persecuted by India

Justin Welby is an unlikely virtue-signaller, sharing a bloodline with luminaries of the Raj such as Sir Charles Napier, who famously punned "I have sinned" after the conquest of Sind. While maintaining that his trip to India was pastoral, not political, the archbishop lauded India's tolerance of diverse faiths.

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September 09 2019 By virtueonline The Curse of Unbridled Success:

We Boomers were the first generation who kept thinking that everything was about us and that we could do whatever we wished--even into our 30's. The Great Generation were made tough and wise by weathering the Great Depression and World War II, but every generation since theirs has become increasingly spoiled and entitled.

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