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May 29 2020 By dvirtue Is Salvation by Grace and Faith...or is it by Ritual and Works?

There are indeed outward signs (of an inward grace) which are proper and even commanded by God for us to do; there are expressive symbolic acts that indicate our own concordance with God's grace-- like water Baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion). These are the very personal and yet public expressions of faith by those called by God into His Kingdom. They are also acts of worship.

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May 22 2020 By virtueonline Theology of victimhood: a pastoral response

I will first attempt a brief analysis of contemporary culture, and secondly offer what I believe to be a Christian response centred on a biblical anthropology and personal responsibility.

Was Christ a victim, and if so, in what sense was he a victim?

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May 22 2020 By virtueonline IT'S ALL ABOUT MERCY

Later on the idea developed further to include a broader consideration of mercy, not just with regard to the elderly.

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May 20 2020 By virtueonline A CHOICE OF PASTORS: N.T. Wright or Martin Luther - Part 5

Theology ought to be the most humble of sciences and the least patronizing. Whether at the podium or in the pew the theologian, however much celebrated, is to be lowly among the little folk of God, for there will be many inconspicuous believers much closer to the One whom the specialist seeks to discover and describe (1 Corinthians 1:26ff). Only the grace of the Spirit reveals the Lord, and there are many theologians who work without modesty and the resources of grace.

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May 12 2020 By virtueonline A CHOICE OF PASTORS: N.T. Wright or Martin Luther -- Part 4

Luther's humanity is so clear to see; his godliness evident. All of us can rage under sufficient pressure. All of us are driven by prejudice if the opportunity to vent presents itself. Those who rail against Luther are almost imitative of the character they deplore. He arouses hatred attributable to something beyond personality and behavior. He wields the sword of the Spirit with such adroitness that minds are disturbed and consciences wounded. Man's self-reliance and pride are offended.

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May 11 2020 By virtueonline A CHOICE OF PASTORS - Whom would each of us prefer as our pastor? Part 3

In Christ the two installments of the drama of salvation merge in united testimony to the will and ways of the Saviour God and the formation of the Israel of God, also styled as the Body of Christ. The way of inclusion in this people, this body, is delineated in the Gospel, and the preservation and presentation of this gospel is of the utmost importance. This is why the reading of Scripture is a matter of great care and holy caution.

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May 02 2020 By virtueonline A CHOICE OF PASTORS: N.T. Wright or Martin Luther - Part 2

This statement establishes the truth that sinners are only put right with God through trust in the merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - his qualifications, achievements, and virtue accounted as ours and transferred to our credit.

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April 30 2020 By virtueonline N.T. Wright's Wrong Reaction

He set me thinking about the knee jerk responses -- including his own. There will be those like the worst of the American televangelists who seek to monetise every disaster by claiming that they have power over it (and please send them the money to use that power). The press can always find a pastor somewhere in the tens of thousands of churches who will solemnly pronounce that Covid-19 is because of abortion/same-sex marriage/Disney.

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April 12 2020 By virtueonline Richard Hooker and the Coronavirus

I would argue that this is a misunderstanding of Hooker on the sacrament--and therefore a misconstrual of the most weighty Anglican treatment of the Eucharist in the English Reformation.

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April 10 2020 By virtueonline A CHOICE OF PASTORS: N.T. Wright or Martin Luther

This is the avowed intent of all Anglican ministry, which is predominantly exercised in the parish and the daily life of its residents. The presbyter is to learn from, work with, and explain the spe-cialist to the congregation and interested enquirers. The onus is on the theologian to resource the ministry, educate believers, develop and strengthen the community of faith in its grasp and commendation of Christ. He is to fertilize holy minds with fruitful thoughts.

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