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July 06 2013 By virtueonline 'Social justice' apart from evangelization drives youth away from Christianity

"The connection between Jesus and a person's life was not clear," said one atheist named Stephanie.

"This is an incisive critique," said Taunton. Stephanie "seems to have intuitively understood that the church does not exist simply to address social ills, but to proclaim the teachings of its Founder, Jesus Christ, and their relevance to the world. Since Stephanie did not see that connection, she saw little incentive to stay."

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June 18 2013 By virtueonline Two thousand South Sudanese Anglican Christians confirmed in just eight days

"These are very serious Christians and most of the them are adults who have became Christians for the first time in their lives," he said. "So they're not just children of Christian parents."

The bishop disagreed with some religious educators who believe that by withholding confirmation until later in life, young people are kept involved in the life of the church for a longer period of time.

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June 15 2013 By virtueonline Half-time Huddle: Why I Lack Enthusiasm About the Church

They'll never get me. Does God have to have me here?

Exactly 59 minutes later, we are all out the door. I am thinking the same thing I think every week - really, I didn't get much from that. The knowledge that my real spiritual high will come this afternoon, on a training run in breezy sunshine with my iPod and worship music, nags me.

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May 31 2013 By virtueonline What we can learn from the ex-gay pornstar who reconnected with God

He begins his confession by quoting a famous poem of the metaphysical poet, George Herbert - "Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back". If it seems a little odd for a 17th century Anglican minister to be quoted in this context, don't be put off; great poetry speaks to everyone in every age; indeed, there is something hugely poignant in Herbert's careful and elaborate conceits being linked to this very 21st century prodigal son.

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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 denial...to 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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