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March 17 2016 By dvirtue DURANT, IOWA: Former eye-care clinic lifts parishioners' eyes even higher

At one time, the Rev. Spencer was vicar general, diocesan standing committee president and media officer of the Quincy Episcopal Diocese. He recently completed "Solarium Trilogy" stories about researchers sealed inside a science complex to see if life can survive in a completely closed, man-made environment.

The Rev. Spencer said he opted to return to being a "simple parish priest" after the politically charged church split.

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March 07 2016 By dvirtue In Ukraine Towns Ravaged by War, Evangelical Missionaries Find Fertile Ground

By the time he had wrapped up the Lord's Prayer, loud explosions were echoing through the town. "Deliver us from evil," he said, finishing with an "amen" just as a shell exploded in the distance.

Maryinka, a Ukrainian-held town of apartment blocks and one-story homes outside the rebel capital of Donetsk, has become a hot spot not only for fighting, but also for saving souls.

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March 03 2016 By dvirtue 'Mind the Gap,' growing disciples in Peru

The small team of lay people including Paul Tester and Anna Sims, both working in Peru with CMS, and Peruvian lay workers Lizbeth Varillas and Sonia Chambi, have spent the past year working with a whole range of parishes from shanty towns in the city of Lima to remote rural parishes in the Andes.

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February 24 2016 By dvirtue The Goal is Church Health, and Balance Is the Key

We tend to go to seed on one truth at a time. You attend one seminar and hear that the key to growth is small groups. At another, it's volunteer recruitment, or dynamic worship, or creative outreach, or strong preaching.

The fact is, they're all important.

When a church emphasizes any one purpose to the neglect of others, that produces imbalance--it's unhealthy. And being unhealthy stunts a lot of churches.

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January 05 2016 By dvirtue London church evangelism tool reaches 20,000 prisoners worldwide

Last January, Christianity Explored Ministries (CEM) linked up with Prison Fellowship International (PFI) to develop the Prisoners Journey, a version of the course for use in prisons. Over the past 12 months it has been used in 103 prisons in 11 countries, including Nigeria, Australia, Singapore, Spain and Brazil.

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December 04 2015 By dvirtue Calling all Evangelists!

There was an electricity in the air that was palpable and it was clear to all present that something special was happening. Simply put, this was no ordinary workshop. God was very present among us and moving in a powerful way. As the workshop drew to a close, the Rev. Jay Baylor, co-host of the event, was moved to ask if there were any present who would like to work with him to form a diocesan-wide Evangelism committee. One-third of those present volunteered.

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November 20 2015 By dvirtue Wooing millennials with tradition, not pyrotechnics

As the titles (and recent Pew reports) suggest, millennials are dissatisfied with the Church and defecting at increasing rates. Many of the articles on the topic take one of two tacks: (1) induce a sense of alarm over millennials leaving the church; or (2) offer surefire strategies to get them back.

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October 30 2015 By dvirtue BAKERSFIELD, CA: New Trinity Anglican Church nears after years 'in the wilderness'

It's just the latest milestone for the congregation, which split from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in a microcosm of the nationwide philosophical schism of the mid-2000s that saw congregations in the valley and around the country leave the Episcopal Church and align themselves with the Anglican Church.

The Anglicans differ over doctrinal issues including the interpretation of scripture, the ordination of women and gays and the blessing of same-sex unions.

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October 27 2015 By dvirtue EGYPT: 'Church of the Garage' in Cairo is no longer a joke

The building of St Paul's is in the heart of Ezbet al-Nakhl, a squatter district with over 500,000 people who emigrated from the poorer southern parts of Egypt to Cairo in hopes of a better life. But life in Ezbet al-Nakhl is only marginally better than in the rural areas of Egypt. In response, the Anglican Church began its ministry in Ezbet al-Nakhl, offering a variety of social programs.

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September 24 2015 By dvirtue Iranian church sees rapid growth

In recent years, a number of Afghan Muslims have been coming to faith in Christ in Iran and in the surrounding region through the ministry of Elam's Iranian churches. Most Afghans speak Persian (Farsi), because a major language in Afghanistan is Dari, which is derived from Persian.

Reasons for growth

According to Christian organization Operation World, the Iranian church is the fastest growing church in the world.

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