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June 24 2016 By dvirtue Trump Trumped by Evangelical Leaders * Dean Drapes LGBTI Flag over High Altar * CofE Seeks Third Way over Homosexuality * Votes shy of Majority needed for ACoC on Homosexual marriage * 'God is Gay' says Poet Laureate * 2018 GAFCON Conference in Jerusalem

Over 50% of gay men's relationships are sexually non-exclusive, while lesbian women are more typically wedded to serial monogamy. A Ministry of Justice response to my Freedom of Information request for same-sex divorce statistics provides an early indication of a probable trend. For every gay male couple that filed a divorce petition, 3.2 female couples did so!

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June 17 2016 By dvirtue TEC Bishops Fail to Recognize Islamic Threat in Orlando Killings * Washington Cathedral to keep Confederate Windows * Mississippi Bishop Okays Homosexual Marriage * Scottish Anglicans Face Split over SS Marriage *Tutu Nominates Palestinian for Nobel Prize

Five aspects of sin. The New Testament uses five main Greek words for sin, which together portray its various aspects, both passive and active. The commonest is *hamartia*, which depicts sin as a missing of the target, the failure to attain a goal. *Adikia* is 'unrighteousness' or 'iniquity', and *poneria* is evil of a vicious or degenerate kind. Both these terms seem to speak of an inward corruption or perversion of character.

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June 10 2016 By dvirtue GAFCON Chairman Sets Sights on CofE * CONCORD, NH: St. Paul's Faces Lawsuits from Angry Parents * TEC Exec Council Gets Financial Wake-Up Call * CofE heads for Demographic Rapids * Homosexual CofE Dean Blasted for Centurion/Servant Sodomy Claim

How can people with stained consciences draw near to God? It's relevant because there's one thing that modern life and scientific progress and psychological therapies and medical discoveries have not made the slightest advance in solving. And that is, what is God's work in this "time of reformation" and this text all about? (Heb. 9: 1-14). It is all about how people with stained consciences can draw near to God. -- John Piper

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June 04 2016 By dvirtue Diocese of Connecticut faces multiple closures * India now most corrupt Province in Anglican Communion * Canada will turn blind eye to gay marriages even if repudiated by Synod * CofE is running out of vicars * LGBT community will eventually self-destruct

Moral responsibility. Scripture invariably treats us as morally responsible agents. It lays upon us the necessity of choice ... Why is it that people do not come to Christ? Is it that they cannot, or is it that they will not? Jesus taught both. And in this 'cannot' and 'will not' lies the ultimate antinomy between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. But however we state it, we must not eliminate either part.

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May 27 2016 By dvirtue New Kenyan Archbishop will Continue in GAFCON * Rev. Mpho Tutu license pulled for marrying fellow Lesbian * Washington National Cathedral gets fund-raiser Dean to lead it * Uganda APB warns against syncretism *ACC leader to visit Central Florida

In Genesis 2:15 God says; The Lord God put humans in the Garden of Eden to work the soil and take care of the garden. This was God's first commandment to humankind; "Look after my earth" But what have we done? We have polluted this earth, 60% of the eco-systems on which we depend for life are now degraded beyond the point of repair. The Lord God says; I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.

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May 20 2016 By dvirtue Church in West Declining * 60 Episcopal Bishops to Wear Orange * Quincy Wins Over TEC in Property Wars * San Joaquin Diocese Files for New Hearing * Labrie released with Ankle Monitor * Church of South India Moderator Blasted for Corruption

In case you haven't noticed, the Church in the West is in a decline, and in the United States, it's about to hit a steep decline. The rise of Nones, the shrinkage of Protestantism, and, according to one report, the number of voters who identify themselves as Catholic in polling research, has taken a dip -- from 22.6 percent in 2012 to just 20.3 percent in 2016.

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May 06 2016 By dvirtue Four NC Bishops Condemn State's Bathroom Bill * GAFCON General Secretary says Canterbury Meeting a complete Failure * Future of AC lies with GAFCON * Sex Abuse Scandal at St. George's-Newport RI * ACoC to circumvent Marriage Canon * Va & Liverpoool linked

Doing the truth. Everywhere in the New Testament God's truth is something to be *done*, not something only to be believed. It carries with it demands, duties, obligations. The evangelical faith radically transforms those who believe and embrace it. --- John R. W. Stott

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May 6, 2016

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April 30 2016 By dvirtue Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh Elects New Bishop * Great Lakes gets news ACNA Bishop * Sex Scandal at Kansas Military Academy * Did St. Paul's Dean deliberately mislead CofE Evangelicals * GAFCON Secretary General Rips ACC as irrelevant

Prophecy today. We should certainly reject any claim that there are prophets today comparable to the biblical prophets. For they were the 'mouth' of God, special organs of revelation, whose teaching belongs to the foundation on which the church is built. There may well, however, be a prophetic gift of a secondary kind, as when God gives some people special insight into his Word and his will. But we should not ascribe infallibility to such communications.

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April 22 2016 By dvirtue Lusaka ACC-16 lovefest gives TEC a Pass * GAFCON Primates Meet in Nairobi * Will Welby's history handicap Anglican Communion * Canadian Churches Close * San Joaquin and Ft. Worth Continue Legal Battles * Trinity Wall Street Grants influence Global South

"This hyper-self-consciousness about 'Who am I? Where exactly am I on the gender spectrum?' is mere navel-gazing, while in the Middle East ISIS is beheading people. It is a kind of madness of self-absorption." -- Camille Paglia

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