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December 16 2016 By dvirtue Churches Hiccup over Trump Election * TSM Appoints New Dean/President * Central NY Bishop’s Ph.D. Questioned * Methodist Theologian Thomas Oden Dies * ACC Secretary General Condemns GAFCON * Evangelist Graham Blasts Clinton as Modern Moses

Fruit and fullness. For many years now I have recited to myself every day the ninefold fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, and have prayed for the fullness of the Spirit. For the chief mark of the fullness of the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control. As I meditate every day on these graces, on this fruit of the Spirit, I have noticed recently that the first is love and the last is temperance.

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December 09 2016 By dvirtue CofE out of touch says Bishop * What will Maidstone Bishop do if CofE okays Gay Marriage * UK Denies Three ME archbishops entry into UK * AAC leader asks what if CofE does about face on gay marriage * Haitian bishops face Discipline from PB Curry

I live with my wife in a condominium complex on the Delaware River in Philadelphia and in the three years we have been here, we have gotten to know a few couples. One couple, Pat and Jack, are among our favorites. They are (very) old faithful Catholics who worship at the cathedral in Philadelphia. They are wonderfully Irish who love their wine and their language can be a bit salty at times. They are still a loveable couple.

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December 02 2016 By dvirtue TEC Faces Uncertain Clergy Future * Eastern Michigan Bishop Acknowledges Demographic Decline * GAFCON Leader Decries Charges of Homophobia * Australia's Sex Scandals * English Cathedrals get Money Infusion * REC Presiding Bishop Dies

A mere theory of the atonement will not save anyone. The atonement itself, and our personal connection with it, is what saves us. --- Bill Muehlenberg

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November 26 2016 By dvirtue Gay Candidate for NC Bishop * St. Paul's K Street Celebrates 1st Civil Marriage * ACNA Apb Calls for Annual Assembly * CofE kicks can down the road on Gay Marriage * GAFCON Kenyan Primate and Welby meet * Canada News

"Here is the reason why we have such a host of stillborn, sinewless, ricketty, powerless spiritual children. They are born of half-dead parents, a sort of sentimental religion which does not take hold of the soul, which has no depth of earth, no grasp, no power in it, and the result is a sickly crop of sentimental converts. Oh!

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November 18 2016 By dvirtue TEC HOB Apoplectic Over Trump Victory * Episcopal Divinity School Faces Closure * Kansas Bishop Heads to New York City * Is PB House Cleaning at 815? * GAFCON UK Embarrasses C of E * Bishop Waldo ready to move ahead on Gay Marriage

Evidence of new birth. If you know as a fact that God is righteous, John says, then you will perceive as a logical consequence "that everyone who does what is right has been born of him" (1 Jn. 2:29). The child exhibits the parent's character because he shares the parent's nature. A person's righteousness is thus the evidence of his new birth, not the cause or condition of it. --- John R.W. Stott

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November 11 2016 By dvirtue Evangelicals and Donald Trump * Post Election Reflections * Church of England Continues in Free Fall * Egyptian Anglicans in Complex Battle over Status * Canon White says, "I'm finished" * South African Democracy Failing says Sth. African APB

Births outside of marriage are declining in the United States, driven by a decline in births outside marriage among immigrant women and a flattening out of births outside marriage among American-born women. The trend may represent the end of an era of increase in unmarried mothers. The abortion rate has also been decreasing. --- Shannon Roberts for

Elections are in fact a tug-of-war for the soul of America. --- Marie Whitaker

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November 04 2016 By dvirtue Nigerian Primate Blasts Welby for inviting Curry to Rome * LA Bishop Will Face Disciplinary Hearing * Church of Wales elects First Woman Bishop * Toronto Gay Bishop to be consecrated in Evangelical Parish * CofE Decline Continues

"For it is time for judgement to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" -- 1 Peter 4:17.

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October 28 2016 By dvirtue Adultery No, Homosexuality Yes * Election Heartbreak * Sentamu must explain Bellringer Scandal * Russian Patriarch attacks Welby over Sexuality Issues * St. Paul's Darien gets New Priest * Anglicans, Methodists and Baptists unite over Faith

The lie that toppled him is that he had confessed to being sexually involved with a former parishioner, and then lied, in 2012, to the Diocese of Lexington Standing Committee in the vetting process for the election of the VII Bishop of Lexington.

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October 21 2016 By dvirtue How the World sees US * Gene Robinson targeted Catholics using ARCUS Foundation Money * Gay Marriage could collapse like Communism * Dean Silences York Minister Bells * Church in Wales condemns Aleppo Bombing

After spending nearly two weeks in North Africa and Europe, writing stories and posting other stories that my trusty associate could find, I have come away with some observations that I would like to share with you.

The first is that North Africa is very religious, while Europe is very secular. That is hardly surprising given the state of things in, say, Egypt and France.

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October 14 2016 By dvirtue America in Crisis * Church of England at Crossroads * 100 CofE leaders warn Bishops over Sexuality * Protests over Toronto Homosexual Bishop * Perth Archbishop Roger Herft Steps Down * 6th Trumpet Gathering of Archbishops in Cairo a Defining Moment

"...It's a crisis of declining trust and stability, lost solidarity and permanence...A deep sadness comes when we realize, finally that we're on our own, which is where secular individualism brings us in the end. Many now live without a Father in heaven. Political correctness denies them the patrimony of a workable cultural inheritance. For an increasing number of young people, there's not even a father at home. A nation of orphans, literal or metaphorical, will not long endure.

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