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September 26 2020 By dvirtue Thinking About Augustine

In 391, while in Hippo (where he was well known by reputation) he was ordained a priest. According to some stories, this was almost done against his will. Yet, within five years, he was made Bishop of Hippo. In his episcopate, we once again see a modern man. In addition to his pastoral duties within Hippo, he traveled to church councils in the region of North Africa – forty to fifty times over the course of the 35 years he served as bishop.

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September 24 2020 By dvirtue Ravi Zacharias And The Sexual Binge & Purge Cycle of Evangelical Men

Months later, after Thompson and Zacharias had signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) confining them to silence, Zacharias publicly released a statement to CT, painting Thompson as the predator."

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September 20 2020 By dvirtue Explaining Evangelicalism Today: An Interview with John Stackhouse

Stackhouse, who formerly taught at the University of Manitoba, is writing a book on evangelicalism--what it is, what it isn't, and how it is different from what we see in the U.S.--for Oxford University Press. Before it comes out next year, I asked him a few questions about the book and the state of evangelicalism today.

The book is due out next year.

What prompted you to want to write this book?/B>

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September 18 2020 By dvirtue WANTED: PASTORS WITH COURAGE

Pastors must also face what some sociologists have called the new cult of anti-racism. John McWhorter, the black professor of literature at Columbia University, has written that this new "anti-racism is a profoundly religious movement in everything but terminology." Religious, but not the religion of Jesus.

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September 14 2020 By dvirtue The Ravi Zacharias Sex Scandal: A New Personal Statement

I have studied all aspects of the controversies about RZ, talked with many witnesses to the issues and events involved, and also used a leading private investigator who is a friend. I did not do all this in order to prove Ravi guilty or innocent. All things being equal, I wanted him to be what he claimed, an apologist with total moral integrity. I took pains in all this investigation in order to figure out truth. My ultimate aim was pastoral.

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September 14 2020 By dvirtue The Banality of Evil

A week or so back, I was reminded of one of the most frightening movies I have ever seen. The name of the film is 'Conspiracy' and it starred Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci among others. It was, literally, a horror film. Yet, there was no violence or bloodshed. There were no special effects employed. In fact, the film portrayed an event with which most of us are familiar, a board meeting around a conference table.

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September 13 2020 By dvirtue Kenosha in Your Youth Group

I want to make a confession of sin. Just moments after hearing the first reports of Jacob Blake's shooting, I went numb. The litany of shootings, violent protests, politicized racial vitriol, and non-stop lament since Ahmaud Arbery ("say his name") had numbed me. I recognize this as both evidence of white privilege and the result of personal complacency.

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September 10 2020 By dvirtue Theology After the Virus

These are all age-old questions--"To whom will we go?" Peter asks (Jn. 6:68). But for a long time our ecclesial cultures have mostly ignored them. Everything we older theologians have equipped younger people with now sounds like the tin clang of jargon: pietistic, academic, or ideological. "The Kingdom of God"--the great watchword of the 20th century--has shriveled in the imagination.

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September 09 2020 By dvirtue The Disembodied Brain of Christ

Over the weekend, that same friend e-mailed me to say he was wrong. This story just appeared in Baptist Press. You should know going in that Robby Gallaty is a very influential young Southern Baptist pastor. Excerpts:

Robby Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., said he views the impact of COVID-19 on ministry not as an interruption, but instead as a disruption to the way things have typically been done in the local church.

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September 09 2020 By dvirtue The Third Great African Rescue

It took a great African Bishop named Augustine to point out the false teaching in Pelagianism: to think that God redeems according to some scale of human merit; to imagine that some human beings are actually capable of a sinless life; to suppose that the descendants of the first human beings to sin are themselves born innocent. In Augustine's City of God and other writings, he points out that Pelagius asserted a model of thinking that excludes God from human salvation.

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