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April 30 2019 By dvirtue A Tale of Two Religions: Liberal Theology Without Illusions

Kristof, who deserved credit for giving attention to theological issues, has interviewed several major theological figures. Those conversations have appeared in his opinion column for The New York Times. His interviews have ranged from New York pastor Tim Keller to former President Jimmy Carter.

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April 25 2019 By dvirtue Biblical Foundations for the Healing of Any Brokenness

The principle of God's prevenient grace (coupled with our helplessness) saturates the entire Bible. We learn from Jesus in John 6:44: "No one can come to (Christ) unless the Father draws him," and in John 6:65: "no one can come to (Christ) unless it has been granted him from the Father" (NASB).

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April 15 2019 By dvirtue EFFECTUAL GRACE: The Force of Desire

The reverent consideration of our predestination and election in Christ is full of sweet, pleasant and unspeakable strength and comfort to godly persons, who feel the working in themselves of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh and their earthly passions and drawing their thoughts upward to high and heavenly realities.

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The gospel becomes a series of slogans that slip off the tongue so glibly and easily, and so-called extempore prayer is set in a dull, inferior and habitual "personally contrived liturgy", in the sense of an unvarying form that has none of the quality of a well-composed collect or written petition for our corporate and individual approach to God.

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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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