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January 27 2017 By dvirtue Welby calls Primates to Second Meeting in Canterbury * Diocese of Tennessee weighs Same-Sex Marriage * Diocese of South Carolina to Vote on ACNA Affiliation * VP Pence and Anglicans in March for Life *Diocese of Niagara ditches Faith

It is quite interesting how often those who are inclusive toward the practice of homosexuality, transgenderism, etc. do so under the auspices of love -- especially when the apostle John connects loving others with obedience to the commands of scripture (1 Jn. 3:24-25). --- Grayson Gilbert

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January 20 2017 By dvirtue Auschwitz and the Archbishop * Welby calls for Repentance for Reformation * Two Cathedrals invite Muslims in * TEC Leaders Mixed over Trump Inauguration * Four Continuing Anglican Jurisdictions in unity talks * ACNA bishops move closer on WO decision

Scrupulous honesty. To steal is to rob a person of anything which belongs to him or is due to him. The theft of money or property is not the only infringement of this commandment. Tax evasion is robbery. So is dodging the customs. So is working short hours. What the world calls 'scrounging' God calls stealing. To overwork and underpay one's staff is to break this commandment. There must be few of us, if any, who have been consistently and scrupulously honest in personal and business affairs.

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January 13 2017 By dvirtue TEC Church Closures * Koran read in Glasgow Cathedral, Blogosphere Erupts * Orthodox Anglicans in Brazil Persecuted * Tanzania Archbishop Caught in Financial Scandal * First Homosexual Bishop Ordained in Canada * Anglican Sem. President Mike Ovey Dies

"Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book of which you would not like God to say, "Show it to Me." Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, "What are you doing?" ― J.C. Ryle

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January 07 2017 By dvirtue Conservative Churches Grow, Liberal Ones Decline * Ft. Worth Rump Diocese Spins Numbers * Montreal Parish Houses Witches Coven * Ft. Worth Awaits Word from Court * Nth. Carolina Diocese has Gay Priest in Mix for Next Bishop *California Bishops Write Trump

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is consulting on its policy regarding 'homophobic and transphobic hate crime'. Unfortunately, whatever the intent of this policy, it undermines equality and limits freedom. It could have a draconian effect on any Christian who believes and upholds the Bible's teaching. --- Christian Concern -- UK

Theological knowledge used to be judged not by what kind of Bible trivia quizzes you could ace but by what kind of life you lived. --- Greg Forster

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December 30 2016 By dvirtue TEC parish dies; an ACNA parish is born * Prayer Book Society to hold Theological Conference * Former Church of England Priest banned for 10-Years * Bell-Ringers silent for first time in 600 Years * Egyptian Primate Denies Task Force Appointment

Remember that Christianity is not, first and foremost, a religion; it is first and foremost a revelation. It comes before us chiefly not with a declaration of feelings we are to cultivate, or thoughts we are to develop; it comes before us, first and foremost, with the announcement of what God is, as He is proved in what he has done. --- William Temple

Dear Brothers and Sisters
December 30, 2016

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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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