Britain, Royalty, the Church of England, and the War in Israel
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2d ago
Image:  Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has made it clear that all the hostages must be released, and Hamas lay down its arms and surrenders. Apparently, that is not going to happen. Stalemate. All the diplomatic back and forth-ing will change nothing. Netanyahu will not cave into world demands for a ceasefire. There is nothing in it for Israel if even one Hamas survives. There must be a new political dawn for Gaza. Enter British royalty. In an unprecedented step, Prince William (the late Queen's grandson) said he wanted to see an end to the fighting in Gaza as soon as possible because ..read more
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WAR AND REMEMBRANCE
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by dvirtue
3d ago
Image:  The wars in Ukraine and now Gaza call to mind the events of nearly 50 years ago. We supposedly are no longer engaged in the "forever wars" of the Middle East, yet if you look at the map, American men and material are involved in the area that can be described as the "Middle East": east of Greenwich and midway between the equator and the North Pole. Though Jesus never knew war, every step of His life on earth was trod in war's footprint. The Herod whom Jesus met during His trial is known as Herod Antipas. His father had taken the throne of Jerusalem after the Roman Civil War be ..read more
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Take Heart! Some reflections on the current state of the Church of England
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by dvirtue
4d ago
Image:  There are those who say that a law not enforced is not a law at all but this simply is not true. Laws may lay dormant for years before being put into use. The change of the makeup of the Supreme Court in the US in recent years and the overturning of Roe vs Wade that it led too show the enduring importance of laws even when they are deliberately misapplied for years by the umpires. Overturning Roe vs Wade was possible because the constitution of the US had not changed and so when the umpires changed there was always a possibility they'd stop looking the other way and in this ca ..read more
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George Barna: The US needs a 'spiritual awakening' to achieve 'unity'
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by dvirtue
4d ago
Image:  The Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University released its fifth annual American Worldview Inventory on Monday. Based on interviews with 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in January, the survey examined the prevalence of 14 different worldviews among the population. The research identified syncretism, defined as "a fusion of disparate ideologies, beliefs, behaviors, and principles culled from a variety of competing worldviews into a customized blend," as the dominant worldview in American society. Ninety-two percent of those surveyed embrace syncretism. The second-mos ..read more
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SELF-ACCEPTANCE IN CHRIST
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by dvirtue
4d ago
Image:  In 1984 I was attending Fuller Theological Seminary, working toward graduate degrees in both the School of Psychology and the School of Theology... and I was wrestling (both personally and academically) with this issue of self-esteem. What I discovered in both my study of theology and clinical research in the behavioral sciences was a mixed bag of expert opinions, with a lot of hints but no unequivocal answers to my questions. I sought to reconcile the various views, many of which appeared to be in opposition to each other. Over time I did discover several perspectives (regard ..read more
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Archbishop Welby blasts Vladimir Putin over Tucker Carlson Interview on Ukraine War
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by dvirtue
5d ago
Image:  President Putin has advanced religious arguments in an attempt to justify the invasion of Ukraine, most recently in an interview with the American political commentator Tucker Carlson, Welby said. Archbishop Welby, however, dismissed such arguments: "There is an argument in favour of debate, discussion, appeal, but there is no argument in favour of armed force: the invasion of Ukraine was a self-chosen, unjust, unjustifiable attack on a neighbour. This war is evil." Welby was most pointed in responding to Vladimir Putin's appeal to religious concerns in justifying Russia's inv ..read more
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LIVING UNDER OCCUPATION
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by dvirtue
5d ago
Image:  We Lost -- Move On The Pride flag declares the triumph of progressivism over the institutional church. The church has been conquered and is held by the invader and by those who share the conqueror's views. The members must be prepared to submit or remain silent for the sake of peace. Despite some ongoing skirmishes, the culture war has been fought and lost. No matter how hard we fight or vociferously comment from the sidelines, there is no going back. Thinking we can halt the juggernaut is delusional. Today it is increasingly difficult for Christians; tomorrow there will be no ..read more
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PLEDGES AND PRINCIPLES
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by dvirtue
5d ago
Image:  Appeals that God loves a cheerful giver, that we should give--not until it feels good--but until it hurts, that even Jesus paid deference to the Temple's receipts from the widow (Mark 12: 41-44; Luke 21: 1-4) have fallen on deaf ears. If, as Lenin said, capitalists will sell the rope with which the communists will hang them, I refuse to pay into church coffers merely to prolong their slide into the Sheol of oblivion. Part of that which I haven't put into the collection plate has made itself to other charities, but even the college and university which gave me the education by ..read more
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BATON ROUGE, LA: Fire reduces St. Luke's Episcopal Church to smoldering ruin
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by dvirtue
5d ago
Image:  It was an hour past midnight that the Baton Rouge Fire Department was alerted to the growing fire by a Baton Rouge police officer. The Fire Department responded to the catastrophic fire to find the flames chewing through St. Luke's attic. The fire department answered the call with 19 firefighting trucks including eight pumpers, three ladder trucks and other support vehicles. More than 75 firefighters, including some from the St. George Fire Department, battled the fire during the predawn darkness. It took more than two hours to knock out the flames which were lighting up the n ..read more
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LLF and Reconciliation- taking the wrong path?
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by dvirtue
6d ago
Image:  Bishop Martyn believes "firmly in the latter option" -- and goes on to outline ten 'Commitments' which will, in his view, provide the "basis of a settlement" to enable "people at both ends of the spectrum to continue within the Church of England." These Commitments can be found in full at the end of this Blog post. However, just ten days after publishing these Commitments, Bishop Martyn has taken the "unusual step" of writing to all General Synod members, encouraging them not to "pick apart" the wording of these particular Commitments, because, he says, "the precise wording wi ..read more
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