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February 08 2005 By virtueonline On What is Our Anglican Unity Based? - Statement from Five Primates

We five archbishops of the Anglican Communion do nevertheless observe that the breadth and depth of the theological situation in ECUSA and Canada were neither adequately represented to the Commission nor fully appreciated in the recommendations of the Report. However, the Report did observe that "the overwhelming response from other Christians both inside and outside the Anglican family has been to regard these developments as departures from genuine, apostolic Christian faith."

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February 03 2005 By virtueonline SYDNEY: The Faith Once For All Delivered

The Faith Once For All Delivered is a collection of essays which responds to The Windsor Report from several directions: legal, rhetorical, and theological. They are written by Australian evangelicals, who share a common belief that the future of Anglicanism ought to be shaped more and more by ‘the faith once for all delivered to the saints’.

A full copy of the 152-page document can be downloaded in pdf form by clicking on the link below:

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February 03 2005 By virtueonline Liberals Spin Windsor Report In Panel Discussion

The Rt. Rev. John B. Lipscomb, Bishop of Southwest Florida, said the problem facing the Anglican Communion is not simply about the ordination of a gay bishop, the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. "Let's take Bishop Robinson out of the hot seat and realize what we are talking about," he said.

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January 20 2005 By virtueonline Fruits of Repentance - by Andrew Goddard

So why then did over 20 bishops issue a minority report? Why are so many who wish to uphold Communion teaching and discipline not satisfied with the Pastoral Letter?

The difficulties are two-fold: the failure to express regret in the terms called for by the Windsor Report and the interpretation that must be put on the words quoted above when set in the context of the letter as a whole.

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January 19 2005 By virtueonline ECUSA'S GOD - by Dr. Philip Turner

How then does one both identify and assess the "working theology" of a church? There are theological articles and books of theology. There are liturgies, and confessional statements. Nonetheless, the contents of these documents do not necessarily control the working theology of a church. The theology contained therein may in fact not appear in the texts of Sunday's sermons.

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January 18 2005 By virtueonline Orthodox Theologian Responds to Sanders - by Ephraim Radner

However, I think he deeply misunderstands the wider context in which I have attempted to articulate a "theology of staying put". He seems to think that this context represents a kind of general or even absolute vision of the Church and of salvation history. Thus, he looks in the index of my recent book, and sees that the Cross is mentioned many times, but the Resurrection not at all. How can this represent anything other than a truncated version of the Gospel? he wonders.

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January 18 2005 By virtueonline Are we stronger than He? - by David Short

The current crisis of Anglicanism in Canada and the USA reflects a deep and disturbing change in Western culture. We are living through a profound cultural shift in the way men and women enter, leave and re-enter sexual relationships, and in the way we think about child-bearing, nurture and family structure. Cohabitation, for example, has virtually replaced engagement, and increasingly couples have children later, out of marriage, if at all.2

There are four elements in this shift.3

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January 17 2005 By virtueonline Eucharist and the Present Conflict in the Church - by Robert Sanders

I first heard of Radner's book from clergy and laity who found it rather heavy going. Radner uses complex phrasing and extensive vocabulary. He moves with an air of mastery from century to century, theologian to theologian, concept to concept. This sense of mastery is heightened by the glowing praises on the back cover from the highest theological authorities. I strongly suspect that there may be readers who will not clearly discern the true shape of Radner’s argument.

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January 11 2005 By virtueonline A WORD IN SEASON - by Christopher Seitz

I hope that a transcript of the entire proceeding will be made. It was difficult for me to pre-judge the audience and the level of their awareness of the Windsor Report, and for this reason I prepared three different sets of comments. “A Word in Season” formed the basis for my opening remarks. There are areas of overlap with the other two sets of remarks.

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January 04 2005 By virtueonline Understanding Congregational Core Values - by Kevin Martin

What I learned from this work was how much emphasis the Center put on the creation and understanding of Core Values. Yes, they did have their participants write a mission statement for the new work, but they spend much more time helping the planters spell out the core values to be the foundations for this new congregation. Furthermore, they insisted that a new church should have three Core Values and no more than four! Over time I learned how true this is.

What Are Core Values?

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