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April 17 2006 By virtueonline Nothing But the Blood - by Mark Dever

Few other doctrines go to the heart of the Christian faith like the Atonement. Congregations sing at the top of their lungs: "My sin, not in part but the whole, has been nailed to the cross, so I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!" ("It Is Well with My Soul"). The priestly work of Christ separates Christianity from Judaism and Islam. Not surprisingly, the Cross has become the symbol for our faith.

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April 16 2006 By virtueonline LOS ANGELES: Pentecostal Movement Celebrates Humble Roots

The 100th anniversary will be celebrated worldwide, with thousands expected to participate in an Azusa Street Centennial in Los Angeles from April 25-29.

But what is now known as the Pentecostal movement had humble beginnings.

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April 10 2006 By virtueonline The Apologetics of Dorothy L. Sayers

Why do you balk at the doctrine of the Trinity - God the three in One - yet meekly acquiesce when Einstein tells you E=mc2? What makes you suppose that the expression "God ordains" is narrow and bigoted, while your own expression, "Science demands" is taken as an objective statement of fact?

You would be ashamed to know as little about internal combustion as you know about Christian beliefs.

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April 10 2006 By virtueonline The "Gospel of Judas". An interview with Father Thomas Williams

The document paints Judas Iscariot in a positive light, and describes him as obeying a divine ordinance in handing over Jesus to the authorities for the salvation of the world.

It may well be a copy of the "Gospel of Judas" referred to by St. Irenaeus of Lyons in his work "Against the Heresies," written around A.D. 180.

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April 05 2006 By virtueonline THE EPISCOPAL ORTHODOX MISSION IN ITALY (EOMI): WHERE WE STAND

II INTRODUCTION

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March 31 2006 By virtueonline Commentary on Bishop of Exeter's Address to the HOB - by Andrew Goddard

What follows offers an interpretation of its main content and significance. It is designed especially for those in ECUSA, as they approach General Convention and as they prepare to make decisions which will have a major effect not only on their own church but on the Church of England, the wider Anglican Communion and the whole church catholic.

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March 28 2006 By virtueonline Holiness Without the Legalism

From the 1840s to the end of the19th century, key leaders believed that the culturally dominant form of Methodism had slipped from its original commitments and formed splinter groups to revive the concern for holiness taught by Methodist founder John Wesley. These groups served the poor and culturally marginalized, and taught them principles of holy living. Some split with the Methodist Episcopal Church over the issue of slavery.

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March 27 2006 By virtueonline Gay Unions: Consistent Witness or Pastoral Accommodation?

The cluster of issues I wish to address has to do with the way in which the church is called to live out its convictions regarding the meaning of sexuality, particularly as it deals with real people whose lives do not yet reflect fully God's intention for human life.

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March 26 2006 By virtueonline U.S. churches face crisis, discipleship leaders say

"There is one number in our denomination which keeps going up," Coyner said. "It is the percentage of churches that did not receive even one person as a new member by profession of faith, a number that is now up to 43 percent.

"If there is any number in our denomination that is steadily growing, that is it, and it is causing all kinds of other numbers to decline, including our ability to stand before God and say we are doing a good job in making disciples."

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March 21 2006 By virtueonline Death of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Williams' Sermon

"And now, forasmuch as I am come to the last end of my life, whereupon hangeth all my life past, and all my life to come, either to live with my Master Christ for ever in joy, or else to be in pain for ever with wicked devils in hell, and I see before mine eyes presently either heaven ready to receive me, or else hell ready to swallow me up: I shall therefore declare unto you my very faith how I believe, without any color or dissimulation; for now is no time to dissemble, whatsoever I have sa

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