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December 04 2015 By dvirtue Sudanese Anglicans Break with US Episcopal Church * Large TEC Parish Flees LI Episcopal Diocese for CANA East/ACNA * Recife Diocese Loses Four Parishes to Episcopal Church in Brazil * Two former Episcopal Cathedrals sold * Tasmania Gets Evangelical Bishop

The Episcopal Church of the Sudan hurled an ecclesiastical bomb at the American Episcopal Church this week and announced that they were severing all ties with the US Church because TEC had endorsed gay marriage, changed its canons on marriage and allowed trial liturgies. The Sudanese church argued that such innovations are not in conformity with the Scriptures.

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November 27 2015 By dvirtue PEW says TEC Dead Last in Church Involvement. Only 13% of Parishioners Active * Executive Council Transparency under Fire * Queen Eyes Primates Meeting in January in Synod Speech * CofE Synod Backs Military Action in ME * More Churches Close in Canada

It was another black eye for the Episcopal Church this week when the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world, conducted another of its famous analyses of church trends in America.

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November 20 2015 By dvirtue Church Pension Fund to Offer Benefits to SS Partners * TEC Lesbian Bishop Moves to NYC from LA * Executive Council Meeting Bugged * PB Curry's Milquetoast Response to ISIS * ACoC Will Use Indaba to Broker in Gay Marriage * US Liberal Seminaries on Ropes

It becomes progressively more and more difficult to find worthwhile stuff about which to blog or comment these days. My erstwhile denomination, the Episcopal Church (USA), has sunk into the mire of blasphemy and irrelevance, and is not even worthy any more of notice. My country is headed by an utterly self-absorbed, pusillanimous and law-breaking President, whom neither his friends nor his enemies will rein in.

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November 13 2015 By dvirtue TEC losses increase * Pittsburgh Bishop Duncan to Retire * LGBT Lobby in CofE Faces Pushback * Jerusalem Bishop Exonerated * Diocese of Maryland Gets New Bishop * Bexley Seminary Moves to Chicago * Pew Says Religion in America is Dying

ON THE CHURCH: What we are experiencing, my friends, is not just a natural cycle, not just a pendulum swing. There is a mountain of evidence--still growing--that we are well into a monumental sea-change, not an organic evolution, but a tectonic shift of the sort that happens only every several hundred years. I would argue that the change we are in the middle of will turn out to be more significant than the Reformation of the 16th century.

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November 06 2015 By dvirtue Curry's Consecration * ACNA Archbishop Responds * Historic Episcopal Parish Closes in Monroeville, PA * More Parishes Close in San Diego & Canada * Albany Dean Resigns * North Dakota Bishop Allows DEPO

No matter, The Episcopal Church's bishops in all their Almay array heralded a man who says he believes in Jesus...talks up Jesus' love, the Jesus Movement, Jesus for racial equality, Jesus for reconciliation, Jesus for evangelism, Jesus for this and Jesus for that--everything except the hard core business of Jesus for repentance and real reconciliation. No talk of Jesus as redeemer and savior.

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October 30 2015 By dvirtue Maryland Bishop Heather Cook Gets 7 Years in Hit-n-Run * PB-Elect Curry's Liturgy for Consecration Slammed by ACNA Priest * Jefferts Schori's Ecclesiastical Piñata * Pedophile Scandals hit CofE hard * Vast Corruption in Anglican Church of India

Unsullied love. Only one act of pure love, unsullied by any taint of ulterior motive, has ever been performed in the history of the world, namely the self-giving of God in Christ on the cross for undeserving sinners. That is why, if we are looking for a definition of love, we should look not in a dictionary, but at Calvary. --- John R.W. Stott

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October 23 2015 By dvirtue Last Tango in Canterbury? * CofE Evangelicals Rejoice in Synod Election Results * CofE Bishop George Bell was a Pedophile * PB Curry's Mother Influenced by C.S. Lewis * Nashotah House Sees a Ghost * TSM Sees Big Gains in Enrollment

"I think the one thing missing from the [Roman Catholic] Synod is a prophetic voice-- a prophetic voice where we just call the sin a sin like John the Baptist. But this is a pastoral synod, so we're talking in terms of pastoral, like what can we do and this and that. But then he came back to his prophetic point again and said, 'But I don't think pastoral is the best way to be prophetic.'' --- Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of South Africa

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October 16 2015 By dvirtue TEC's Attendance Figures Show Increasing Decline*GAFCON Primates and Welby Meet in Cairo*Episcopal Women Priests Bless Abortion Clinic*Atlanta Diocese Promotes Pansexuality to Children at Gay Pride Parade*Historic CofE Churches to Close*Diocese of Sydney

Held in high honor. Even in other religions and ideologies Jesus is held in high honour. Hindus would gladly recognize him as an 'avatar' (descent) of Vishnu, and so assimilate him into Hinduism, if only he would renounce his exclusive claims. Jews who reject Jesus as their Messiah have never lost interest in him. Their scholars write books about him, and their hostility has often been more to Gentile anti-Semitism than to Jesus himself.

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October 09 2015 By dvirtue GS Primates Will Test Communion Boundaries in January*Kenya Condemns Episcopal Church & Demands Exclusion of TEC as Disciplinary Measure*Oregon Bishop's Inadequate Response to mass Shooting*Swedish Lesbian Bishop calls for Cross Removal

"One of the greatest threats to the Christian church is not heretics or false teachers, but rather those who have the right theology but are willing to overlook and tolerate gross error for the sake of unity, and castigate those who speak up for truth as being divisive or unChristian." --- Karl Dalhfred

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