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December 20 2014 By dvirtue NEW YORK: God Isn't Dead in Gotham

'Cheer up, you're worse than you think," Rev. Timothy Keller says with a smile. He's explaining that humans are more weak, more fallen, more warped than they "ever dare admit or even believe." Then comes the good news: At the same time people are "more loved in Christ and more accepted than they could ever imagine or hope."

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December 12 2014 By dvirtue FLEMING ISLAND, FLORIDA: Anglican Church finding its own identity after schism

"We're going through a clarification of our identity. Our movement is new and, for a season, it seemed good to drop Anglican from our name but we had it on our legal name in parentheses. Nobody liked the name New Grace because it isn't theologically-accurate. The grace of God is never new and that was confusing to people," said the Rev. Mike McDonald, pastor of the Fleming Island church on U.S. Highway 17 South.

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November 13 2014 By dvirtue Millennials Are Asked What They Want in a Church -- And The Answers Are Anything But Shallow

1.) Don't rely heavily on the demands of social media. It's pretty obvious that social media is used as a powerful tool in businesses, sports, politics and such. But there must be a careful and fragile approach to social media when it comes to the church.

Relevant Magazine reports:

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October 22 2014 By dvirtue Americans love their Bible...but they don't read it according to a recent poll

Changing the word of God to fit one's personal style whether liberal or conservative has always been a problem with Biblical principles. While liberals are guilty of loosening the moral absolutes, conservatives are guilty of expanding practices that were never intended to determine a person's righteousness. If a verse isn't there to substantiate their actions, they will interpret one or twist the Bible's meaning and intention.

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October 21 2014 By dvirtue Seven Reasons Some Churches Experience Revitalization (While Others Don't)

I recently categorized those reasons some churches experience revitalization. I then compared them to churches that have not been revitalized. I found seven differences between the two sets of churches. These are the seven traits unique to the revitalized churches:

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September 29 2014 By dvirtue UK: Report on ReNew 2014

The majority of delegates at ReNew 2014 were incumbents of local churches, with a large number of
curates and churchwardens.

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September 24 2014 By dvirtue Tim Keller's Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to launch NYC campus

Students in the New York City campus will be trained to start churches by pursuing a two-year master's of arts degree in biblical studies at $430-450 per credit hour before receiving another year of pastoral church planting education from Redeemer. The campus will likely launch in Redeemer's offices near Herald Square in Manhattan.

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September 23 2014 By dvirtue Leadership Matters, but So Does Preaching

They expect pastors to be prepared in the pulpit. They know, for the most part, who's winging it and who has prepared. They expect the pastor to teach them about God's Word. In many ways the preaching event is sacred. The people want to hear from God and His Word. They expect the pastor to open the Bible and teach them what God says.

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September 05 2014 By dvirtue 6 Reasons People are Leaving Churches in America

The nation's two largest Christian communities, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catholic Church continue to decline in numbers but so have many of the other Christian communities. Tragically, the fastest growing churches today are not actually Christian at all since they don't have the right Jesus and they include the Mormon Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses.(1) This is according to the latest studies which were compiled in 2009 and so the trend is likely even worse today.

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August 24 2014 By dvirtue "Community: The Impossible Possibility"

But we know from church history how, for the most part, the church has failed miserably in that calling.
And yet, here and there throughout history, real community has appeared. People have for a few brief hours, days, weeks, months and maybe even years experienced the beauty of true community--at least in part, imperfectly, but truly and sweetly nevertheless.

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