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January 10 2019 By dvirtue Prayer urged for Chinese pastor in Chinese jail

He powerfully writes: "Separate me from my wife and children, ruin my reputation, destroy my life and my family -- the authorities are capable of doing all of these things. However, no one in this world can force me to renounce my faith."

Barnabas Fund has launched a global initiative to pray for Pastor Wang Yi through their new webpage "Christian Prisoners of Conscience". The charity has released the following prayer for use in public and private intercession:

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January 08 2019 By dvirtue FOOD FADS AND FARE GAIN

One area of distinct annoyance is the issue of conflicted dietary recommendation. Today's food columns are discredited by tomorrow's. Food is not simply a matter of appetitive consumption and leisurely entertainment over television programs, books, and experimental exotic dishes. Dietary expertise is meant to be stewardship of divinely donated resources handled with integrity for the well-being of human beings.

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January 07 2019 By dvirtue ARCHBISHOP OKOH'S EPIPHANY LETTER: A Close Reading

OKOH: To the Faithful of the Gafcon movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council.

'His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.' (Ephesians 3:10,11)

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January 03 2019 By dvirtue THERESA MAY'S ANTI-CHRISTIAN REGIME

On Boxing Day, Britain's Conservative in Name Only (CINO) government in cozy chumminess with the Church of England gave the nation a gift. The day was most certainly chosen for its significance: in British tradition postmen, errand boys, servants and the hoi polloi expect to receive a gift box from the high and mighty.

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December 26 2018 By dvirtue QUEERY: Rev. Michele H. Morgan

"We have a very open policy on who was there," Rev. Michele H. Morgan, St. Mark's rector, says. "If your child loves their honeybee costume from Halloween, we want them in the pageant. Most years we have dinosaurs, super heroes, bees and some Disney princesses. ... We are not strict interpreters of scripture and everyone is welcome extends to the play."

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December 23 2018 By dvirtue Call for joint study on effects of 'Conversion Therapy'

A recent study, Effects of Therapy on Religious Men who have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction, (Santero et al2018), found "positive change in suicidality, self-esteem, depression, self-harm substance abuse" and "degree of harm is zero to slight and about typical for therapy for other unwanted problems." The authors argue that this therapy is not really exceptional but should be considered in the ranks of the conventional.

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December 22 2018 By dvirtue MY CHRISTMAS HEART ATTACK

As we talked, she called my son, Joshua, then 25, who happens to be a licensed paramedic. He told her to call 9-1-1 immediately -- and that he would arrange to be the responding medic.

When Joshua and his paramedic partner arrived in the ambulance, he walked into the living room -- the same room where he had grown up, played games, watched TV and been homeschooled with his sister, Sarah -- and asked me, "Dad, what's going on?"

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December 19 2018 By dvirtue CHINA: Letter from a Chengdu Jail by Wang Yi

In it, he condemns China's Communist Party and urges Christians to perform acts of civil disobedience.

Pastor Yi criticized the government for forcing its citizens to engage in "Caesar worship" by treating President Xi Jinping like a god.

He wrote that ideology "is morally incompatible with the Christian faith and all those who uphold freedom of the mind and thought."

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December 17 2018 By dvirtue A Vision For The Anglican Communion--And A Faithful Way Forward

The American Anglican Council's vision for what the entire Anglican Communion might become is also like Paul's glorious vision in Ephesians:
"Within the global Communion of Anglican Churches our vision is to help leaders and national churches return Anglicanism to its biblical and apostolic roots, to prevail over all false gospels, to unite with other biblical and apostolic Christians and, together, to fulfil Christ's Great Commission in the world."

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December 17 2018 By dvirtue IT'S THE PROPERTY, STUPID!

The purpose in republishing this piece is not to say "I told you so," but to look squarely at the stark choices facing conservative Anglicans in the UK. We in the ACNA lost a lot in our property battle with the establishment (witness the magnificent funeral services for George H.W. Bush in Episcopal edifices). I can hardly imagine what it might mean to walk away not only from the property but the heritage of a thousand-year-old parish church.

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