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May 01 2021 By dvirtue Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God -- AP

'Do you really believe that there is one God, that He is the Creator of heaven and earth, that the Bible is the Word of God, that there is a heaven and hell?" "Yes -- of course". "You are the most unusual Christian I have ever met -- you are almost a Muslim!". She had been to many such debates and her impression from the Christians who were present is that they were so wet, confused and unsure of their faith, that she wondered whether they believed in God at all.

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April 30 2021 By dvirtue Francis Collins urges evangelicals: 'Love your neighbor,' get COVID-19 vaccine

The co-hosts of Tuesday's webinar, Jamie Aten and Kent Annan, who co-direct the disaster institute, recently started an "Evangelicals for COVID-19 vaccines" petition after research showed that white evangelicals were less likely to pursue vaccinations than other groups of Americans.

Aten recently disclosed that he has been receiving threats for his stance.

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April 30 2021 By dvirtue The C of E has fallen for anti-Christian theories of race

'To be fair, the government is pulling out all the stops to help meet it.'

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April 28 2021 By dvirtue No, Anglicans Aren't Poaching Dallas Episcopalians

First, that's incorrect. At least four separate ACNA jurisdictions have congregations in Dallas, an ACNA presence there is not new. The missionary district will join four Dallas congregations from the neighboring Diocese of Fort Worth and a similar number from Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). This is an internal reorganization born out of a good working relationship between Christ Church Plano Dean Paul Donison and Fort Worth Bishop Ryan Reed.

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April 27 2021 By dvirtue A VIEW FROM ALBANY

I can only speak for myself, but my sense is that those who are leaving are not leaving because of a single issue but because they have become convinced that the Episcopal Church no longer has as its organizing center Jesus Christ as he is encountered in the Scriptures. The oft repeated phrase, "There is more that unites us than divides us," rings hollow to them. I confess that often it rings hollow to me as well.

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April 27 2021 By dvirtue John Stott's double listening and triple H celebrated on his 100th birthday.

A socially distanced and masked congregation of about 40 included those associated with these and other ministries JRWS had initiated.

Julia Cameron, director of publishing for EFAC, recalled that though JRWS confessed not to know the number, he had written 50 books, all in long hand which had been translated into 60 languages and had sold in the millions.

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April 26 2021 By dvirtue POST-CHRISTIAN

For some years, many of us have spoken and written about America becoming a post-Christian society somewhat similar to what has taken place in Western Europe. While I hesitate to say it, I think we may have gone past the tipping point.

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April 24 2021 By dvirtue Why say gay? A response to "Yes to Gay Identity, No to Gay Sex?"

As the author and organizer of the Dear Gay Anglicans Letter, Executive Director of EQUIP (a ministry that provides consulting and teaching on LGBT+ topics), a licensed professional counselor who meets with gay celibate Christians, and a yearly speaker at the Revoice Conference, I likely qualify as one of these questioned leaders. I am a Christian. I am gay.

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April 22 2021 By dvirtue The Church of England's Imminent Death Brings Opportunities

"It depicts a church that appears to be dying," she said.

An Episcopal priest and expert on denominational demographics, Rev. Dwight Zscheile, responded to the same data by saying, "The overall picture is dire--not one of decline as much as demise within the next generation unless trends change significantly."

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April 19 2021 By dvirtue PASTORAL CARE

Admittedly, as indicated above, traditional pastoral care was already on the wane before we were confronted with this most recent crisis.

I think this had something to do with expectations on both sides of the equation, that is, the expectations of those administering pastoral care, as well as the expectations of the recipients of such care.

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