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Chris Sugden writes: This situation prompts evaluation of how effective theological education is. In Africa Christians form a sizeable community, if not the majority in some countries. Yet Africa remains the poorest continent. How might theological training enable people to lead Christian communities to engage with their neighbourhoods so that they can transform them spiritually, socially, and economically?

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December 07 2020 By dvirtue Brazilian Anglicanism, the result of missionary or British (19th century) and American (20th century) colonial expansionism?

In fact, these first 80 years of the Anglican presence took place in two movements. The first freely as the British settled in the Brazilian province with commercial interests in favor of the British crown, and secondly with the sending of the Church of England and its mission agencies SAMS, Society for the Evangelization of South America and SPCK, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, evangelical and Anglo-Catholic orientation respectively.

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November 25 2020 By dvirtue J. I. Packer on Revaluing the Book of Common Prayer

It references the Canadian BCP of 1962 as well as the Book of Alternative Services or BAS, of which it offers an illuminating critique)

By The Revd. Professor J.I. Packer

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November 07 2020 By dvirtue Damaris and the Day of Judgment

Let me put out a series of diagnostic questions that will help. Is it fair of God to do this? Is this awful disease provoked by what he sees? Does he care about our lives enough to intervene? And importantly, is there hope for us if we respond rightly?

I will float these in three scenarios: the election this week, Damaris and Athena, and Jesus as our judge.

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November 02 2020 By dvirtue THE MISDIRECTION OF PARABLES

I have no insight into the mind of the Word Incarnate why He taught in parables and why three of his four evangelists included these in their Gospels, and the last did not. Parables, like allegories are susceptible to endless re-interpretation, and perhaps Jesus recognized that His followers needed continuously to examine the texts against not only their contexts, but also the context of their present time.

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The main argument of those who think the book was written by another John is that The Revelation is written in a less polished form of Greek. One answer to this is that John was unschooled- Acts 4:13, "when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men . .

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October 15 2020 By dvirtue PREDISPOSED

The only problem was, the papyrus fragment was a fake.

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October 14 2020 By dvirtue FAITH & SCHOLARSHIP

Facts and logical constructs

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September 18 2020 By dvirtue THE BOOK THAT I SHALL NEVER READ: The New Testament in Its World

Holy Scripture carries the message of divine redemption quite adequately and accurately on its own. It is sufficient for the communication of a complete salvation. The simplicity of the "way of salvation" is its cardinal quality as to its comprehension and magnificent charm. The Old Testament lays the basis for the Gospel and the New Testament explicates the welcome message to the full.

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September 07 2020 By dvirtue "God Is Love." Yes, and--

I John is the source for the oft-cited phrase: "God is love" (I John 4:8). The author likes that phrase enough to repeat it later in the same passage (v 16).

It is one of the few phrases in the Bible set up as a copula: "God is X." So it's attractive to those trying to answer the big question of the nature of God: "Let's see if the Bible anywhere gives us a straightforward answer to the question, 'What is God?' Ah! Here's a place."

So far, then, so good.

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