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August 11 2009 By virtueonline THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND 'CATHOLIC' OR REFORMED?

At the time of the Reformation Cranmer and the other Reformers had reformed the CofEs Formularies and Prayer Book with the help of Continental Reformers such as Martin Bucer.

The Formularies had been modelled on continental Protestant revisions, for example the Lutheran Confession of Augsburg.

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July 15 2009 By virtueonline GC2009: Nashotah House focuses on training Episcopal priests

Things got a little crowed in the Palisades Room because 150 faithful Nashotah alumni and associates were expected to show up. Many more did. Priests and bishops clustered together with drinks in hand, munching on the California version of Tex-Mex cuisine.

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June 16 2009 By virtueonline "Forming Disciples": A Conversation with Dallas Willard

Given the Anglican Mission's focus on the 130 million unchurched, how can we keep our message accessible to culture while preserving the Truth?

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June 05 2009 By virtueonline Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership

"The under-35 generation thinks church is a judgmental, hypocritical, insular place," says Jamie Dunham, chief planning officer for Bohan Advertising & Marketing, the firm that designed the United Methodist campaign. "So our question is: What if church can change the world with a journey?"

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May 27 2009 By virtueonline Preachers becoming Diplomatists and Strategists

This is a temptation I can speak of because for twenty years I was confronted with it, and no doubt succumbed to it, while a minister in the Church of Scotland. It was, and continues to be, a subtle temptation. The pathology of the temptation expresses itself like this: We need to have a long-term strategy to promote the gospel and recover the faith of our fathers for the church's good and God's glory.

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May 13 2009 By virtueonline Lean Church Model Stands Up to the Recession

Eastburn speaks from experience. When he first became pastor of the church now called The Well, it was a traditional church with a budget almost entirely consumed by rent and salaries. But, then the church body decided to do something radical -- leave its building and become a community of house churches.

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May 13 2009 By virtueonline Define Spiritual Maturity - Barna Group

The research was conducted by Barna Group in partnership with Living on the Edge (www.livingontheedge.org) and included a nationwide, random sample of adults and a similar national survey among Protestant pastors, exploring definitions of, perceptions about, and perceived barriers to spiritual maturity. Five Challenges

The study showed five significant challenges when it comes to facilitating people's spiritual growth.

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April 03 2009 By virtueonline CURSILLO: Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ

Goal of Cursillo The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the church - to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment.

What does Cursillo do? It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Cursillo is one of many renewal movements. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience which causes many to feel like newly-made Christians with a purpose and with support.

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April 01 2009 By virtueonline ASHEVILLE, NC: From warehouse to prayer house

St. Paul's is an Anglican church, (under the authority of the Anglican Missions in the Americas - AMIA) but Greene said it's not what most people envision when they think of Anglican.

"We've tried to take the Anglican service and update it," Greene said.

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March 29 2009 By virtueonline Saddleback Church Trains Nearly 2,400 New Members on Historic Day

"The Bible says the church is the support and foundation of the truth," said Warren, who personally led the class. "We in California know the importance of support and foundation, because we have earthquakes. If you don't have a good support and a good foundation when an earthquake comes around, your house will collapse. The same is true of every area of life. If you don't have the correct foundation and support for finances, relationships and your marriage, it will all collapse.

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