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April 14 2018 By dvirtue Ft. Worth Diocese Will Appeal Lower Court Decision * MDAS Could Pull Out of ACNA * NEW ZEALAND: Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans Respond to Motion 29 * TEC Gen. Con. Will Explore Rites for Cohabitators * Clergy Housing Allowance could be Taxed

"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith, it is the Christian faith." --- John Whale, Oxford theologian

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April 02 2018 By dvirtue Prince Charles Supports Persecuted Church * Dying and Rising Anglican Provinces * Sexual Scandal Dogs Evangelical Leaders * St. James Newport Beach to reopen * Archbishop Sentamu Wrong on Conversion Therapy * Williams Blames Conservatives for Sex Scandal

If you notice that your next-door neighbor's house is on fire, you would take radical action to alert those inside and try to save life. No polite prayer meetings or wondering if it would be rude to intervene. You would instead smash down the door or bust some windows to get in and seek to alert others and save life. Sinners heading to a lost eternity also need such drastic action.

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March 23 2018 By dvirtue MDAS Diocese Confronts ACNA over Women's Ordination * More TEC Dioceses have no Fulltime Bishop * Child Sex Abuse Could Destroy CofE says Welby * Sewanee (finally) Revokes Rose's Degree * Two Bishops Resign * More Sex Abuse Revelations in South Africa

What is and what will be. Already the kingdom of God has been inaugurated and is advancing; not yet has it been consummated. Already the new age (the age to come) has come, so that we have 'tasted ... the powers of the coming age'; not yet has the old age completely passed away. Already we are God's sons and daughters, and no longer slaves; not yet have we entered 'the glorious freedom of the children of God'.

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March 10 2018 By dvirtue Gulf Widens Between Western Provinces and Global South * Christchurch, NZ Ratifies Gay Marriage * PB Curry Pushes Pseudo Evangelism * Pittsburgh Episcopalians/Anglicans Settle Property Dispute * TEC-SC Files New Lawsuit *Albany Bishop Rips Interfaith talk

We live in a culture where the prevailing wisdom is that we are justified in our actions if we believe that God or Nature has made us the way we are. "We are born this way...." This is the justification for many who choose alternative lifestyles, differing sexual identities, and genders. It is also the justification for anti-social behavior and refusal to accept the work requirements necessary for education attainments, occupational training, and healthy family life.

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February 23 2018 By dvirtue Three Evangelical Groups Merge in UK * No Conspiracy in Sudanese Woman Bishop Election * Billy Graham Dies * Evangelicals Decry US Gun Culture * C of E Statistics Reveal Church in Decline * Anglican Theology Conference to Draw Leading Theologians

The gun is our Moloch. We sacrifice children to him daily--sometimes, as at Sandy Hook, by directly throwing them into the fire-hose of bullets from our protected private killing machines, sometimes by blighting our children's lives by the death of a parent, a schoolmate, a teacher, a protector. Sometimes this is done by mass killings (eight this year), sometimes by private offerings to the god (thousands this year).

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February 10 2018 By dvirtue Okoh says CofE Sexual Innovations Could Lead to Communion Split * DC Diocese Eliminates Male Language * Sudan Ordains First Woman Bishop * 3,000 Sex abuse Cases Reported in CofE * Jerusalem Anglicans ordered to pay $2 Million to City in taxes

Life expectancy decrease is about more than just drugs. Anne Casae, an economist at Princeton University who has published and researched so-called "Deaths of Despair", notes, it's also about suicide and alcohol, especially among white people. She says "we think of it all being signs that something is really wrong and whatever it is that's really wrong is happening nationwide". She points to the decline of well-paying jobs with annual increases, job security and good benefits.

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January 29 2018 By dvirtue Welby Faces Pushback over Bishop Bell Accusation * Changing Face of Anglo Catholicism * Church of South India ABC Charged with Embezzlement * New Anglican Jurisdiction Formed in Zimbabwe * Anglicans and Methodists Talk Unity * Tennessee faces S-S Crisis

Fully human. If sex is for marriage, what does the Bible say about singleness? First, it reminds us that Jesus himself was single, although he is also set before us as God's model for humanness. This should not lead us to glorify singleness (since marriage is God's general will for human beings, Gn. 2:18) but rather to affirm that it is possible to be single and fully human at the same time!

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January 02 2018 By dvirtue 2018: A YEAR OF HOPE FOR THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION?

Within his own Church of England, Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic forces are challenging his leadership paradigm and they are determined to maintain doctrinal orthodoxy or face him with the possibility of schism. Bishop Rod Thomas, a man Welby laid hands on to meet the ecclesiastical needs of evangelicals, said as much on a radio show debate challenging arch lesbian Jayne Ozanne over sexuality issues.

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December 23 2017 By dvirtue 2017 a bad Year for ABC * 2018 Holds little Hope for Anglican Communion Reconciliation * ABC called on to Resign over Bishop Bell allegations * New Welsh Primate says Respectful Disagreement should hold Communion together * ISIS Spooks National Cathedral

"Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just; a God who is all love, but not holy; a God who has a heaven for everybody, but a hell for none; a God who can allow good and bad to be side by side in time, but will make no distinction between good and broad in eternity. Such a God is an idol of your own, as truly an idol as any snake or crocodile in an Egyptian temple. The hands of your own fancy and sentimentality have made him.

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