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April 01 2019 By dvirtue Can a Modern Scientist Believe in God and Miracles?

For the most part in the media we only hear about two allegedly strongly opposed groups: serious scientists (Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking) who don't believe in God and fundamentalists whose science credentials are dubious at best.

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March 27 2019 By dvirtue Glorious Humility

In her 2019 Lenten meditation The Merciful Humility of God, theologian Jane Williams urges something similar. Keeping company with Jesus during Lent's forty days of fasting, we should learn to look beneath the surface of his humble actions--touching the lepers, feeding the hungry, washing his disciples' feet, even or especially dying through imperial torture--and see the unconquerable glory and power of God working out the salvation of the world.

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March 16 2019 By dvirtue WHAT IS THE MESSAGE FOR OUR TIME?

In the wisdom of God both mercy and judgment are continuously meted out from the throne of heaven. We may confidently say that mercy is measured out with abundant and undeserved generosity and that, conversely, judgment is often withheld and exercised with delay. However, we with our Christian and compassionate desires cannot dictate the flow of divine kindness nor stay grievous judgments that befall hardened and unrepentant sinfulness perpetrated by fallen mankind.

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February 20 2019 By dvirtue God in the Bible, Allah in the Qur'an, and Teaching your ex-Muslim Christian

People interested in leaving Islam for Christianity often believe that the personality of God is the same; they have heard that Christians worship the true God but our fault is in associating Jesus with him, calling Jesus God's Son. So when they move from Islam to Christianity they tend to focus on superficial differences regarding dress and diet. They rightly realize that they are getting rid of Muhammad and declaring allegiance to Jesus.

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February 10 2019 By dvirtue The Neurotic Syndrome of Failed Self-Righteousness

This spiritual warfare is occurring on at least two fronts-- which represent opposite ends of the spectrum of ecclesiastically sponsored evil--that is, both lawlessness and religious legalism. As indicated in Paul's letters as well as in the Lord's messages to the churches in Asia (Revelation 2-3), this is a war that has been waged for millennia. Christians and churches can be damaged and become out of balance by either too much license or too much law.

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January 30 2019 By dvirtue Britain and religious freedom 300 years after Catholic emancipation

Under this legislation those who refused to attend Church of England service (recusants), whether Catholic or Nonconformist, could also suffer severe penalties.

But from 1800 these Acts were seldom enforced, except at Oxford and Cambridge universities, where Nonconformists and Catholics could not matriculate (Oxford) or graduate (Cambridge). The Acts were finally repealed over a number of years with little controversy.

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January 22 2019 By dvirtue Three Things That Bring on Spiritual Attacks

The demons of darkness are opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and will do anything in their power to prevent people from being saved. They've gone so far as to have their own ministers (2 Cor 11:4), but they will do anything they can to make you lose your testimony or not share your faith.

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January 20 2019 By dvirtue Conciliarism-What Does It Really Mean?

In your own local Anglican church, you will find this "council" at the annual congregational meeting, and between those meetings through a representative group called the vestry. At the diocesan level, this happens at the annual diocesan synod--gathering all of the clergy and lay delegates of every congregation to meet together "in council" to make important decisions that affect the life and mission of the diocese and its congregations.

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January 16 2019 By dvirtue THE EMPTY TOMB: SACRAMENT OF THE MATERIAL GOD

If Jesus Christ is truly risen from the dead, He entered back into life through the gate of the Empty Tomb, body and all. It was the Creator God, the Mind behind Matter, who worked a new creative act in raising His Son. The American author John Updike captures the radicality of this event when he writes:

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December 11 2018 By dvirtue GOD THE FATHER: Three Biblical Reflections

But the Archbishop also said that God is not a father in the same way that a human would be -- and that descriptions of God are always "to some degree metaphorical".

Speaking at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Monday evening, Archbishop Justin said: "It is extraordinarily important as Christians that we remember that the definitive revelation of who God is was not in words, but in the word of God who we call Jesus Christ. We can't pin God down."

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