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November 09 2007 By virtueonline Pittsburgh Plans Separation...Bennison to Trial...Global Sth Bishops nix Lambeth

It is recognized that liberal Protestant Churches have been in decline for decades and this has prompted all manner of schemes to reverse the trend. It is also recognized that most of these schemes have failed. No amount of talk about the Church being in mission has helped. We may blame the environment and say that the culture has turned against us or that the language of the Church is foreign to the man in the street but this does not touch the underlying problem.

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November 03 2007 By virtueonline BENNISON Ousted...Duncan Threatened by Schori...TEC Declines in Numbers...more

If and when world Christianity comes to be dominated by the churches of the global South, those churches too may come to equate their cultural ways with the Gospel.

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October 27 2007 By virtueonline COLORADO priest cleared...Williams supports Howe...More Diocesan News

Jesus the Great? To relegate Christianity to one chapter in a book of the world's religions is to Christian people intolerable. Jesus Christ to us is not one of many spiritual leaders in the history of the world.He is not one of Hinduism's 330 million gods. He is not one of the forty prophets recognized in the Qur'an. He is not even, to quote Carnegie Simpson, 'Jesus, the Great', as you might say Napoleon the Great or Alexander the Great ... To us, he is the only. He is simply Jesus.

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October 20 2007 By virtueonline Seven Parishes Flee TEC in Central Florida, Largest Pittsburgh Parish Exits...

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Four dioceses will hold their annual conventions in the next few weeks to decide their future in The Episcopal Church. What they decide will, in all probability, seal the fate of orthodoxy in the Episcopal Church which many now believe is broken beyond repair.

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October 12 2007 By virtueonline Strong Words, Mounting Tensions...Australia, CAPA Bishops, AAC Lash Williams...

The popular image of Christ as "gentle Jesus, meek and mild" simply will not do. It is a false image. To be sure, he was full of love, compassion and tenderness. But he was also uninhibited in exposing error and denouncing sin, especially hypocrisy... The evangelists portray him as constantly debating with the leaders of contemporary Judaism ... Christ was a controversialist--- From "Christ the Controversialist" by John R. W. Stott

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October 06 2007 By virtueonline Liberals Spin Statement from NOLA.More Parishes Flee TEC.Gay Marriages Continue

The authentic Jesus. Which Jesus are we talking about? Even Paul in his day recognized the possibility of teachers proclaiming 'another Jesus' than the Jesus he preached (2 Cor. 11:4). And there are many Jesuses abroad today. There is Jesus the Bultmannian myth and Jesus the revolutionary firebrand, Jesus the failed superstar and Jesus the circus clown.

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Several orthodox dioceses will hold conventions where votes will be taken to stay or leave. We will probably not know anything more definitive until the end of the year.

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September 29 2007 By virtueonline NEW Ecclesiastical Structure Announced, NOLA HOB Fudge...More

"We are deeply, tragically, horribly stuck, not only the Episcopal Church but the Anglican Communion as a whole." -- The Rt. Rev. John W. Howe of Central Florida

BREAKING NEWS: New ecclesiastical structure announced by orthodox bishops.

David W. Virtue in Pittsburgh, PA

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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Dear Brothers and SisterS,

Just as the issue of the digest was about to go out, VirtueOnline learned, late last night that the Anglican Communion is in all likelihood over regardless of what resolutions are passed by the House of Bishops on Monday. It is finished.

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September 19 2007 By virtueonline Williams will Address Secret Eucharist for Gays...AAC Issues Compliance Report..

The objective ground for believing that God loves us is historical. It concerns the death of his Son on the cross: 'Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, and that is God's own proof of his love towards us' (Rom. 5:8). The subjective ground for believing that God loves us is experimental. It is not in history but in experience. It concerns not the death of Christ, but the gift of the Holy Spirit within us. -- From "Men Made New" John R.W. Stott

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