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May 26 2023 By dvirtue WHO IS THE GREATEST?

What about successful evangelists and church leaders? Still no, at least not as measured by the standards of fame and honor in this world.

Note that the disciples were straightforward in questioning Jesus (Matthew 18:1):
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

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May 24 2023 By dvirtue MCILVAINE ON REVIVALS

McIlvaine stated his revival principles in a letter to one of his parishes in his second year as bishop of Ohio. The parish, which had never enjoyed the regular services of a pastor, was clearly in need of wise and timely advice, as the teeming energies stirred by revival were producing startling results both favorable and unfavorable.

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May 18 2023 By dvirtue GOOD MORNING ACNA

It was more deeply about the creedal faith - our core Christian values. I personally heard two successive Presiding Bishops speak against the uniqueness and particularity of Jesus as the only means of salvation.

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The Orthodox Patriarch studied the twenty-one points of the Augsburg Confession and wrote a response: "Epicrisis on the Confession of Augsburg."

While agreeing with some Lutheran positions, the Orthodox reject many others.

Largely, the disagreement was over the role of "tradition."

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May 15 2023 By dvirtue TYNDALE discovered "justification by faith" and it flipped his world upside down

When someone realizes that the central concern of Christianity is not our own faithfulness or obedience (do more and try harder religion), but belief and trust in a perfectly faithful God, their lives are changed forever!

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May 09 2023 By dvirtue A Prescription for Reformation: Replace the Persuasive Artistry of Preaching with Christ-Focussed, Scriptural Teaching for All Ages

In 1 Corinthians 2.1-5, Paul contrasts Greek and Roman rhetorical practices with his own proclamation. Rhetoric is defined as the art of persuasion. Paul explains it as lofty speech and plausible words of wisdom (vv. 1, 4), or the wisdom of men (v. 5). His speech was defined not by the medium of the message but the message itself, not by clever speech but by a demonstration of the Spirit and power of God (4, 5). The difference is between persuasive speech and persuasive truth.

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May 05 2023 By dvirtue CHUCK COLLINS: Discipleship is not a self-improvement project, "I am already there"

So, instead of looking at prayer, Bible reading, serving, and church-going (and did I mention tithing?) as ways to inch our way closer to God's blessing and affection, Christian disciplines, to be "Christian," are pried from the hands of "you must" and "you ought" and completely redefined to be the grateful responses to God's prior love.

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May 01 2023 By dvirtue The Pelagian Default

On May 1, 418 over two hundred bishops meeting in Carthage declared Pelagius a heretic and refused to ordain Caelestius, Pelagius's disciple, when he would not renounce the teaching. Pelagius was a 5th century British monk who was ridiculously popular for teaching the message people wanted to hear. He held a view of original sin weak enough to allow the possibility that someone can actively contribute towards their own salvation.

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April 26 2023 By dvirtue GAFCON IV - Renewing the Power of Love: The Heart of Historic Anglicanism

Yet, what could be more Anglican than understanding Christian discipleship as nothing other than an on-going, life-long commitment to regular repentance? After all, repentance lies at the heart of our liturgical life. Thomas Cranmer's final, founding liturgy has daily Morning and Evening Prayer beginning with repentance. His final service for Holy Communion has confession, absolution and the Comfortable Words in the very center, right before the ancient call to lift up our hearts.

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April 24 2023 By dvirtue GOOD MORNING ACNA

It is obvious to everyone that the ACNA brought extremely diverse groups together under one tent based on our common disgust and grief at what the Episcopal Church has become.

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