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November 01 2017 By dvirtue Luther Lives * Oregon Episcopal Bishop Sued * VA Episcopal Parish Removes Plaques of Lee & Washington * Singapore Primate Blasts Absence of ACNA at Canterbury Primates Meeting * PB Curry Backs Colorado against Christian Bakers * Virtueonline 2.0

Past history and present reality. It is by preaching that God makes past history a present reality. The cross was, and will always remain, a unique historical event of the past. And there it will remain, in the past, in the books, unless God himself makes it real and relevant to men today. It is by preaching, in which he makes his appeal to men through men, that God accomplishes this miracle. He opens their eyes to see its true meaning, its eternal value, and its abiding merit. --- John R.W.

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October 24 2017 By dvirtue Two Groups of Anglicans * Nigerian Primate Rips Welby and Primates' Communique * Nashotah House Coup * St. James Newport Beach Disses Woman Rector * TEC Income Plunges * CofE debates holding SS services * Virtueonline 2.0

We should draw a direct line from Hugh Hefner to Harvey Weinstein. The first made the second possible.
Hefner would not have approved of rape; but the severing of sex from marriage that he vigorously sought (and achieved) led to a sexual environment with few rules--and few protections for women.
Hefner created the culture that Weinstein ravaged like a sex-crazed Gulliver. --- Owen Strachan

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October 13 2017 By dvirtue Primates' Summit a Bust says South American Primate * SC Diocese wants Conflicted Justice Removed * St. James Newport Beach Deal Cancelled * Nashotah House Culture Wars * Episcopal Academy Sexual Assault Review * Sydney Diocese Donates $1M to S-S Fight

The Reformation was not a break with the historic Church of Christ (catholic as in universal) but rather a cleansing and healing process within the ailing body of believers who were denied the clarity of the gospel and ready access to the teaching of the Bible as the ultimate authority for faith and comfort in the salvation wrought through Jesus Christ. The intent of the Reformation was benign, magnanimous, and pastoral.

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October 07 2017 By dvirtue Scottish Episcopal Church Sanctioned by Primates * Primates and GAFCON Clash Over Prayer * Four Continuing Anglican Bodies Announce Full Communion * Anglo-Catholic Bishops Clash over Nashotah House * Bruno's Restrictions Sustained * SC Bishops & Mediation

Homosexuals, by their very nature, cannot procreate. So, if they wish to expand their numbers, they can only do it by recruitment --- Bill Muehlenberg

I foresaw that the progressive party would not be content with "mutual flourishing" but would work to remove those who believed different things from them both from the places of influence within the Church [of England] and then from the Church itself. --- Bishop Gavin Ashenden

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September 29 2017 By dvirtue Nigeria Upholds Faith, Condemns West * Some Primates to Boycott Welby's Summit * CEC Consecrates Bishop for England & Europe * Wales Sees Closures * South Carolina Fights Back * Nashotah House Slammed by San Joaquin Bishop * Moratorium on WO - Six Leaders

Is Jesus Lord, or are the forces of advanced modernity lord? The church that cannot say no to all that contradicts its Lord is a church that is well down the road to cultural defeat and captivity. But the courage to say no has to be followed by an equally clear, courageous and constructive yes--to the Lord himself, to his gospel and his vision of life, humanity and the future, so that Christians can be seen to live differently and to live better in the world of today. --- Os Guinness

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September 22 2017 By dvirtue Two TEC Dioceses to Share One Bishop * Robert E. Lee scrubbed from Windows & City Squares * Ft. Worth Standing Ctte. Ratifies ACNA WO Statement * Welby expresses "excitement" at upcoming Primates' Meeting * Jesus Movement Critiqued

FORTY-SIX PERCENT OF AMERICANS believe religion is part of the problem in our society. Yet faith is the motivation for many of the critical social services and programs that benefit the most vulnerable populations. Congregations, faith-based businesses, and charities lift people up in times of need in ways that few other institutions or government programs can.

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September 14 2017 By dvirtue ACNA College of Bishops Nix WO and Women Bishops * TEC Graphs show more Deaths than Baptisms or Confirmations * South Carolina Mediation? * Global South Primates Meet in Cairo * Four Continuing Churches to Sign Agreement * Caribbean Apb Seeks Funds

"The Church is supposed to be a hospital for Sinners, not a hotel for saints." Even though we all probably agree with that concept, the reality is that for those of us who grew up in "Christendom", the church being a hotel for Saints actually worked just fine. Now, in these "Missional" times, we have to shift to actually being a hospital for Sinners. We don't know how to set up surgical wings and long-term rehabilitation centers to help people become mature followers of Christ.

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September 08 2017 By dvirtue Nigerian Primate Nixes Welby's Summit * Ugandan Primate Blasts Welby * C of E Irrelevant to Most Brits * Wales Elects New Archbishop * ACNA & Holy Orders * ACNA not Anglican says ACC Sec-Gen * National Cathedral to Remove Civil War Windows

The trouble with the Nashville Statement is that it's like poking an angry bear in the eye with a stick. Going up to the violent and angry mob and expressing disagreement goes against a deep-rooted inclination to self-preservation. --- Anne Kennedy

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August 31 2017 By dvirtue Hurricane Harvey News * TEC Sues SC Diocese Over "False Advertising" * Mainline Seminaries Face Closure * Seychelles Elects new Archbishop * Western Australia Elects Woman Archbishop * BCP Could Expand to Include SS Marriage Rites

"Inability to distinguish doctrine is spreading far and wide, and so long as the preacher is "clever" and "earnest," hundreds seem to think it must be all right, and call you dreadfully "narrow and uncharitable" if you hint that he is unsound!" --- J.C. Ryle

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Sept. 1, 2017

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August 24 2017 By dvirtue Bishop Mark Lawrence, "litigation is not over" * Stacy Sauls' Lawsuit Dismissed * GAFCON invitations going out * Radical New Inclusion will sink Church of England * TSM Appoints New Theology Professor * Canada's Primate Promotes "Good Disagreement"

God's grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to his patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over again that someday the ax will fall and His judgment will be poured out. Since it is our tendency to take grace for granted, my guess is that God found it necessary from time to time to remind Israel that grace must never be assumed.

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