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August 22 2019 By virtueonline Excavation at Mt. Zion yields evidence of the biblical razing of Jerusalem

The items are believed to have belonged to someone aristocratic, as it is assumed that any commoner in possession of such precious metals would never leave them behind. The materials and craftsmanship suggest that Iron-Age Jerusalem was a place of great wealth, which supports the accounts in the Bible.

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August 17 2019 By virtueonline Thoughts on Gender Equality

Some views on gender are shaped by the person's religious beliefs. I've had numerous conversations with proponents of the idea that male and female complement each other. That is, they supply for the other what the other may lack. In this conception there is more than inter-dependency; there is absolute need. This notion gained popularity during the 1990s when Evangelicals were elevating the married state above singleness.

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August 16 2019 By virtueonline Worthless Christianity

Consider for example verse 9-11:

Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"--safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.

One can easily change things around a bit

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August 08 2019 By virtueonline FALSE TEACHING IN THE CHURCH -- Part 3

Kistemaker says,
While true prophets conveyed God's Word to the people of Israel (see 1:19), false prophets introduced their own inventions. Here are a few instances in which God reveals his opposition to false prophets:
1. He instructs the people of Israel to put to death a prophet who preaches rebellion against the Lord God (Deut. 13:5; also see 18:20).

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August 06 2019 By virtueonline DOCTORING DOCTRINE: (Part One)

Karl Barth has accomplished this feat of innovation with the doctrine of divine election, and some reputable Anglicans have been strongly influenced by him. The eminent professor and undeniably gifted scholar, Tom Wright, has altered the doctrine of justification with his new perspective on Paul. Fleming Rutledge has seriously revised the doctrine of the atonement in her elegantly written volume The Crucifixion.

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July 19 2019 By virtueonline Ancient papyrus offers fresh glimpse into everyday life of early Christians

It originates from the village of Theadelphia in central Egypt and belongs to the famous Heroninus archive, the largest papyrus archive from Roman times.

The letter was sent by Arrianus to his brother, Paulinus, and discusses day-to-day matters, from updates on the family to a simple request for some fish liver sauce.

"Greetings, my lord, my incomparable brother Paulus," the letter reads.

"I, Arrianus, salute you, praying that all is as well as possible in your life."

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July 11 2019 By virtueonline ++YORK ON INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Moral Equivalence and Moral Equivocation

It is hard not to say Amen to that! Indeed that is exactly the kind of habits of reading, interpreting, and applying of the Bible which Archbishop Cranmer called for in his Scripture Collect:

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July 01 2019 By virtueonline ENCOUNTERING FALSE TEACHINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Bishop Michael Fape

II. False Teaching on Speaking in Tongues

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy"
(1 Timothy 4:1).

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June 26 2019 By virtueonline IMAGE-BEARERS FOR GOD: Does Biblical Language for Man Matter?

"But the Millennials simply don't get it?" Well, if as they say, praying shapes believing (lex orandi, lex credenda), it is equally true that believing shapes praying. And how shall they hear without a preacher? If "O man" is so obviously scandalous in our day, would it really be too much for the priest to give an explanation when inviting the people to the altar rail? Perhaps, he might instruct them, bearing the name of Adam is of a piece with bearing the cross on one's brow.

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The Church is intended to be the vehicle of the Word of God and its calling is to proclaim 'the whole counsel of God' with no omissions and no adjustments: ' . . .the Church is a witness and a guardian of Holy Scripture' (Article 20). Its role is to declare all truth necessary to salvation. The announcement entrusted to the Church as its heavenly treasure and earthly tidings is to be both accurate and urgent, for the destiny of souls depends upon faithful and fearless communication.

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