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February 10 2017 By dvirtue Former TEC COO Sues Church * Long Island Priest Fired for Child Porn Revelations * Diocese of Rochester Sells HQ * TEC leaders Could Nix 2018 GC in Texas over Trannie Toilets * UK Bishop Blasts Welby over Camp Abuse of Boys

The humility of dependence. Humility to Bash [the Rev. E. J. H. Nash] was synonymous with dependence. He told me several times of the serious illness he had had when he was a young man. When he was at his lowest ebb, and was not at all sure that he would survive, he remembered being so helpless that he needed to be fed. This utter dependence which in a sense was for him the ultimate in humiliation, seems also to have been the beginning of humility.

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February 03 2017 By dvirtue SCOTUS Gorsuch is an Episcopalian * Welby Spins CofE Canon Law Vote on Marriage * TEC leaders Challenge ACC on Sanctions * Welsh Archbishop Steps Down * Sex Scandals in Australia * Welby issues more Apologies * ACNA Archbishop Issues calls for Prayer

According to the Pew Research Center. almost as many Christian refugees (37,521) were admitted as Muslim refugees (38,901) in the 2016 fiscal year - a difference of 1380.

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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

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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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