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February 01 2019 By dvirtue Selective Discipline: Former South Carolina Bishop Blasts Bishop Curry over Bishop Love's Partial Inhibition

Does no one see the irony and contradiction after decades of bishops ignoring oaths and vows concerning scriptural and creedal faith, they now are demanding obedience to General Convention teaching that was until very recently condemned by previous conventions.

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February 01 2019 By dvirtue A WASTED HERITAGE?

In the century of its origin the reformed Church of England happened to be the most orthodox and noble expression of the catholic faith (as discerned by Elizabethan apologist John Jewel), indeed a church appreciative of the past, undergoing purification in the early years of its development, and establishing stability in orthodoxy for the future. Its foundation was sound and its direction was always toward a gradual and closer adherence to the will of the Lord as revealed in his Word.

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How do we understand the Church of South India Trust Association (CSITA) as a non-profit organisation? The CSITA is an incorporated body under Sec. 8 of the INDIAN COMPANIES ACT, 2013. Section 8 under the heading "Formation of companies with charitable objects, etc." has the following statutory clauses.
"Where it is proved to the satisfaction of the Central Government that a person or an association of persons proposed to be registered under this Act as a limited company:

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January 26 2019 By dvirtue WELBY: A Poem

And so the lord of Canterbury
Begins his secret vocabulary,
Resolving ne'er to be a failure
In the exercise of glossolalia.

What seems the basis of this boast?
Whom the inspirational "ghost"?
One doubts the presence of the Lord,
Given the contradiction of his word.

For some of us can clearly see
That Welby and the Scriptures disagree.


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January 25 2019 By dvirtue John Shelby Spong's Last Book "Unbelievable" Is a Dud

At the time, it was reported in the press that he was 80% finished with a new book (his last), called Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today.

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January 23 2019 By dvirtue The ACNA and the Historic Priesthood

The ACNA College of Bishops recently heard from three women on the subject of women in ministry. Two of the women are ordained and one is a lay person. If the bishops are earnestly interested in listening to all views, what I offer here may be helpful. I speak as a woman in lay ministry.

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January 20 2019 By dvirtue Is Islam Ethical?

One might argue that Islamic ethics is essentially about domination. The religion provides justifications to kill non-Muslims, rape, seize lands, behead those who commit adultery (mostly pinned on women); dismember law breakers, enslave women and boys for sex, and tell lies to advance Islam. This ethical system is contrary to the values espoused by most Western young people who oppose discrimination, segregation, and the destruction of priceless artifacts.

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January 17 2019 By dvirtue Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality! Why Not?

The "Jesus never mentioned it" argument has numerous and serious flaws, so let's go through them one by one.

1. The most obvious point to make is that Jesus didn't mention any number of sins. For example, He never mentioned child sexual abuse or wife beating. Does that mean that they are no longer sins? He never mentioned transvestism (Deuteronomy 22:5). Does that make it okay now?

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The article's title was a shocker: "Popular Megachurch Pastor Says 10 Commandments No Longer Apply to Christians." To quote the article, "In a piece posted to Relevant Magazine on Monday, Pastor Stanley said that since the Ten Commandments come from the old covenant, Christians should stop erecting monuments dedicated to them...

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January 14 2019 By dvirtue Anglican bishop gives masterclass in the art of the apology

Now fast forward from 1946, when Mikes wrote his classic, to 2004 and dive into social anthropologist Kate Fox's Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. It is a book I recommended to international students when I was a university chaplain.

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