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January 27 2004 By virtueonline JORDAN: The Archbishop of Canterbury Preaches at Anglican Church of the Redeemer

St Augustine said that a community becomes a community when it is united in love of the same thing. But that love of the same thing can be lifegiving or deathdealing, depending on what it is that is loved. We can find ourselves agreeing in the love of something that eats away at the very roots of our humanity while we ignorantly suppose that it is good and godly.

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It was a salutary lesson. Faithful Christians were persecuted, divided among themselves, harassed and slaughtered. Nothing in our recent times can compare with those unimaginable horrors. All the while they had to make decisions about strategy and obedience which divided them not only from their oppressors but from each other.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline A TRAGIC NECESSITY (Part Two)

Up to this point, I have taken for granted the validity of the initial part of my main thesis, namely that the condemnation of homosexual behavior in both Scripture and Tradition is “clear and consistent.” But given the importance of this point, I will now point to some of the overwhelming evidence that demonstrates the truth of this claim.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline A TRAGIC NECESSITY: Why the Realignment Must Happen (Part One)

In a similar way, I suggest that the dramatic realignment of Anglicanism that is now underway is likewise “a tragic necessity.” With so much at stake and emotions running so high, it’s easy for all of us to lose sight of both aspects of our complex situation, its sad necessity as well as the more obvious tragedy of it all.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline PLANO EAST: Can We Trust What the Bible Teaches? - by John Yates

Can we be assured that what we read in the Bible is true?

When the original authors wrote the various portions of Scripture, did they write the truth?

Are the Scriptures we read today the same as the original?

Episcopalians say that we believe in the authority of the Scriptures but what does that mean?

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January 21 2004 By virtueonline The True Church - by J.C. Ryle

There are five things in these words which demand your attention:

1. A Building: "My Church"
2. A Builder: Christ says, "I will build My Church"
3. A Foundation: "On this rock I will build My Church"
4. Perils Implied: "The gates of hell"
5. Security Asserted: "The gates of hell will not overcome it"

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January 17 2004 By virtueonline AMiA: 2004 Winter Conference - Archbishop Yong Ping Chung

We gather in Destin, Florida tonight at this opening service of the 4th.
AMIA Winter Conference to worship God. We join the heavenly hosts and all
the saints in every generation to sing the songs of ever lasting praises
and thanksgiving as recorded in Revelation chapter 5:

Holy Holy Holy
Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come

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It is titled "The Theological Charter for Anglican Communion Dioceses
and Parishes" of ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada. It follows in
the same line as other ACI documents, including "Claiming Our Anglican
Identity" and "Steps of Discipline" but is meant to serve as the
theological mission statement for Anglican Communion Dioceses and
Parishes in North America. It has been adopted as such by the Bishops

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