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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Eu5XyJsSy5g

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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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February 21 2013 By virtueonline The Explosive Growth of U.S. Megachurches, Even While Many Say Their Day is Done

While imitation is often the greatest form of flattery and many copy their methods, their terminology, and their programs, megachurches tend to face scrutiny-- some fair and some unfair. In the process, several unhelpful things are said about them either out of jealousy or ignorance. One piece of misinformation spread about megachurches is that they are a dying breed.

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February 19 2013 By virtueonline Top 10 Reasons our Kids Leave Church

The facts:

The statistics are jaw-droppingly horrific: 70% of youth stop attending church when they graduate from High School. Nearly a decade later, about half return to church.

Half.

Let that sink in.

There's no easy way to say this: The American Evangelical church has lost, is losing, and will almost certainly continue to lose OUR YOUTH.

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February 11 2013 By virtueonline VISIONS OF JESUS APPEARING TO MUSLIMS?

According to a CBN report, Christian Middle East evangelist Hazem Farraj's television program "Reflections" is reaching a large Muslim audience. Farraj told CBNthat he hears from Muslims who report having dreams or visions of Jesus.

Tom Doyle, an evangelist, pastor and the E3 Partners Ministry director for the Middle East and Central Asia says it's true: Muslims are coming to Christianity through dreams and visions.

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February 01 2013 By virtueonline An Orientation to China's Reforming Churches

The turn toward Reformed theology and church polity is geographically widespread but far from enveloping the majority of congregations. Arising out of the practical demands of pastoral ministry and the church's mission, this movement is as vibrant and vigorous as it is young and tender. Critically, it is an actual reformation of the church.(2) We are not talking about a pocket of evangelicals who have just discovered Reformed soteriology, as good as that sort of thing is.

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