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April 14 2005 By virtueonline WHAT NEXT? - by John H. Rodgers

1.The refusal during the meeting to have a joint communion service which would have denied the seriousness of the matters before them and the present state of broken communion already in existence

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April 11 2005 By virtueonline Good Friday Ecumenical Service - by Marcia King

8 Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. 9 He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Pilate therefore said to him, "Do you refuse to speak to me?

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March 30 2005 By virtueonline "Betting the Whole Farm: The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus" - by William Dickson

Are you here because someone else insisted that you be here? Are you here today, shall we say, under protest? Are you here today because surely you could be nowhere else? Are you here, but perhaps, you're not quite sure why? For whatever reasons we find ourselves together in this place on this day, it is right that we should be here. For this is the day when the church will make its most fundamental and audacious claim of all.

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March 28 2005 By virtueonline Science Unlocks Biblical Secrets

In 1979, Barkay found two small silver scrolls in an ancient Israelite tomb on a Jerusalem hillside. On them were written the words of the prayer.

"We have here the name of the Almighty as it appears in the Bible as it appeared to the Israelites," Barkay said.

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March 25 2005 By virtueonline '95 Encyclical Foresaw Cases Like Terri Schiavo's

"The Holy Father coined the expression 'culture of death' to refer to the tendency of modern society to depreciate the inviolable dignity of human life," he told ZENIT. "The Schiavo case illustrates Pope John Paul's concerns that human persons would be valued more for their utility and 'quality of life' than for their inherent worth."

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March 22 2005 By virtueonline The Pelagian Captivity of the Church - by R.C. Sproul

He was speaking of Rome as the modern Babylon that held the Gospel hostage with its rejection of the biblical understanding of justification. You can understand how fierce the controversy was, how polemical this title would be in that period by saying that the Church had not simply erred or strayed, but had fallen - that it's actually now Babylonian; it is now in pagan captivity.

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March 15 2005 By virtueonline Anglican Roman Catholic dialogue discusses Windsor Report, primates' communique

"For decades," said the Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting, deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Episcopal Church, "our conversations have revolved around the balance between the centralized authority structure of the Roman Catholic Church and the more dispersed authority in Anglicanism. Our current tensions are and discussions across the Anglican Communion provide a contemporary case study which surely has wider implications across the Body of Christ today."

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March 11 2005 By virtueonline Os Guinness Looks Evil in the Eye

I actually had the date September 11 marked down in my calendar for a dinner discussion in Manhattan on evil, which was suddenly made all the more urgent by the terror strike, and I found myself in a passionate discussion of evil among leaders in New York and Washington.

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March 09 2005 By virtueonline Still Fighting Over Nicaea - by Ted Olsen

Not that the Council of Nicaea was as decisive as it is usually billed, either. It took almost 60 years for Nicaea's influence to solidify. In the meantime, the main heresy condemned at the council, Arianism, became ascendant and almost triumphed over orthodoxy. Even the Nicene Creed recited today wasn't really adopted until 381, 56 years after the council ended.

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February 19 2005 By virtueonline ECUSA: Griswold's Sermon Is Revival Of Gnosticism - by Dr. Robert J. Sanders

Turner's point was straightforward and one that I have always affirmed, the problem with ECUSA is not simply moral, but at the deepest level, theological. Turner describes this theology as a theology of radical inclusion, and so it is. But this raises a question, What is the vision of God, historically speaking, that animates this ECUSA gospel of radical inclusion? By "historically," I refer to the fact that there are really no new ideas, especially in religion.

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