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April 02 2014 By virtueonline SYMPOSIUM: Millennials & Church: Matter Matters - Part III

The crisis of worship and the crisis on moral teaching in churches today are not separate issues. I do not think it is an accident that the churches that have preserved forms of worship that can be traced back over 2000 years are also the ones that have kept the same teachings on sexual ethics. I will only speak for myself, but what drew me to the Orthodox Church was its sense of having preserved something that can be traced all the way back to the Apostles.

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April 02 2014 By virtueonline SYMPOSIUM: Tony Jones and Me - Part II

Mr. Jones probably doesn’t realize how much influence he had over me during college. The emergent movement was still en vogue five years ago and I, like many others, swooned over the idea of coffee house sermons and yoga worship sessions. Thinking back, I realize now that the only reason why the emergent movement ever attracted me in the first place was because I was seeking approval.

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March 31 2014 By virtueonline SYMPOSIUM: What Does Liberal Christianity Offer Millennials?

I think many liberal Christians, but certainly not all, would agree with me that the Church exists to mix things up a bit. She is not in the business of making anyone feel comfortable. However, it is true of revolutionary movements everywhere, that there is always lurking in the background some ‘committee of public safety’ deciding which establishments we are to mix up and which we are to keep.

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March 05 2014 By virtueonline Perils in the Modern Mission Fields

The other side of the coin provides a different story no matter what some alleged enlightened non-Christians believe and demand.

Some 30 years after hearing the "Mission-Aires" sing and talk about "mission-fields" a young group of collegians organized food distribution in Omdurman, historic city near the The Sudan's capital Khartoum.

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February 27 2014 By virtueonline Re-evangalising secular Europe

"It began in January of last year," he explained. "I woke up very early on several nights and was prompted by God with this one thought."

The thought was: "Let us begin to think about engineering a new course for secular post-modern Europeans that will lead them totally into the Church of God and will lead to church planting."

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February 18 2014 By virtueonline Holy Trinity Brompton and the New Form of British Evangelicalism

Here's how it works. People become Christians on Alpha, which usually introduces them not just to the gospel, but also to a particular form of middle-class, charismatic, non-confessional, low church, generic evangelicalism (which is increasingly representative of the sorts of churches they will find in their area, whether they are Anglican or not, including mine).

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February 05 2014 By virtueonline Which global church?

Many participants at the August meeting were young and reflected the enthusiasm of the fastest-growing segment of the Christian world. In 1970 Pentecostals accounted for only 5 percent of all Christians, but today Pentecostals and charismatics-including those in other denominations who exercise Pentecostal or charismatic gifts-constitute 25 percent of all the world's Christians. In Asia, 80 percent of all Christian conversions are to Pentecostal forms of Christianity.

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February 04 2014 By virtueonline Anglicanism Alive and Well - Brian Miller

It sometimes seems that Anglicans, at least in America, are like something out of a fairy-tale. We read about them occasionally, but when pressed we would have a hard time saying who they are and what exactly they have done for Christianity. It doesn't help matters that much ink has been spilled, including by myself, about the demise of the Church and its never ending controversies. But this is really only half the picture.

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January 28 2014 By virtueonline Seven Reasons Very Active Church Members Drop Out

During my 25 plus years of church consultations, I have interviewed a number of these active-to-inactive persons. Most of them shared freely and openly with me what took place in their lives, and how it impacted their ultimate decision to stop attending church.

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January 14 2014 By virtueonline Vestries: Listen to God's Call

As congregational leaders, we must confront the fact that our churches are dying. While we may wish they were timeless and eternal, at the core our churches are living human organisms, and dying is what all living organisms eventually do. But first they are born, live, adapt, create new life, and pass on their DNA to the next generation.

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