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May 30 2013 By virtueonline "Proof of Heaven" - Mike McManus

With his body twisting in agony, he uttered three prescient words, "God help me."

During those days, he journeyed "to another, larger dimension of the universe, a dimension I'd never dreamed existed." He entered a new world, "where death is not the end of consciousness, but rather a chapter in a vast and incalculably positive journey."

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May 27 2013 By virtueonline Where Does God Fit in our Social Networks? - Brian Brown

Based on the trends I see in younger generations (trends which are the product of decades of social change, not Facebook), the Church will have to revisit this issue of church polity if it is to regain an active presence in the lives of Americans.

Christianity and community

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May 19 2013 By virtueonline How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

Dr. Benjamin Wiker: You say in There is a God, that "it may well be that no one is as surprised as I am that my exploration of the Divine has after all these years turned from discovery." Everyone else was certainly very surprised as well, perhaps all the more so since on our end, it seemed so sudden.

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May 07 2013 By virtueonline Beneath the stereotypes, a stressful life for preachers' kids

After a rebellious youth, Graham found a straight and narrow path that took him to the pulpit and the helm of his father's Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
But for every Franklin Graham, there's a Friedrich Nietzsche, the atheist philosopher whose father was a Lutheran minister. For every Condoleezza Rice, there's an Alice Cooper, the heavy-metal singing, fake-blood spouting son of a preacher man.

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April 30 2013 By virtueonline Anglican Evangelical Dilemma in New Book about the Round Church

Mr. Ash, now director of the Proclamation Trust's Cornhill Training Course in London, was StAG families curate from 1993-97, then rector of one of its church grafts, All Saints, Little Shelford, from 1997-2004. He writes very perceptively about the right motivation for church planting - no empire building: We were very concerned that that the church-planting projects should avoid any danger of magnifying St Andrew the Great.

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April 28 2013 By virtueonline Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 11 Things I Learned

I was wrong. The church closed just a few weeks ago. Like many dying churches, it held on to life tenaciously. This church lasted ten years after my terminal diagnosis.

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April 25 2013 By virtueonline Your Parish and Global Mission - Julian D. Linnell

From the Bible and from history, we know God is on mission to bless all nations: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isa. 49:6). Anglican Frontier Missions (AFM), launched in the chapel of the Bishop of Virginia in 1993, works to multiply biblical, indigenous churches where the need is greatest: among the 25 largest, least evangelized people groups on earth.

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March 19 2013 By virtueonline The Church of England: Life After Clergy?

When I came to the Diocese of Chelmsford in 1983, there were (as I recall) over 600 stipendiary clergy. By 2025, the number of incumbent-level posts will have dropped to 215. To cope with these changes, a diocese of several hundred parishes will be broken down into roughly seventy 'mission units' the size of mini-deaneries, each resourced by a centralized team.

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March 12 2013 By virtueonline Mo Sabri, the Balthasar-Quoting Muslim Rapper

Here's a hip video, by a nice young gentleman wearing a starched shirt and a tie, about a radical commitment to following Jesus with one's life, not just in words. Sabri's isn't a mushy attempt to paint Jesus as just a "nice guy" like the rest of us.

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March 01 2013 By virtueonline What Makes a Dead Church

To be clear, the congregation, affiliated with the moderate-liberal Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, isn't dissolving. Having secured a lease agreement with a nearby church, Scott Boulevard will continue on without their facility of 60 years. But the article establishes the downward trajectory of the church.

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