September 22, 2014

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Got Ice Water?

The idea that we shouldn’t be able to indulge in something silly like the ice-water challenge because millions of African children are dying of thirst, says nothing about the wastefulness of Americans, and everything about the utter inability of Africa to take care of itself.

The utilitarian unity of burning at the stake and abortion

The Church thought it was sparing heretics eternal torment by burning them at the stake.  Abortionists tell us they are sparing people from miserable earthly lives.  Both ways, “It’s for their own good.”

Truro Rebirth Credited to Relationship Between the Rev. Baucum and Bishop Johnston


After more than ten years on the front lines of the Anglican wars, I have made a major change. This past Easter vigil, my family and I were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Is the Creed “the” Sufficient Standard of Orthodoxy?

The Creeds themselves, then, require obedience to Jesus Christ as the One Lord over all things. To profess the Creed but reject the word of God as revealed in the scriptures regarding marriage and sexuality is incoherent.

Stand Firm is 10 Years Old Today

In true Tom Sawyer fence-whitewashing style, I have minions who keep the site humming, while I sit in the shade chewing a blade of grass and complimenting them on their fine efforts.

Three Excuses for Bishop Salmon’s Inexcusable Invitation

Can you imagine what Paul might say to this kind of hair splitting? The Galatians respond to Paul’s letter: “Dear Paul, you wrote that the Judaizers are accursed and eternally condemned and that we ought not to listen to them because they teach a gospel that damns…but how about we let them preach to our pastors in training?

60 Theses on Real Integrity in the Anglican Church

The refusal to affirm a truth (particularly when it is a truth about God) is often just another way of denying it, but without taking responsibility for your denial. This is therefore a double dishonesty which only compounds the deceit.

“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”

A modern city provides the visual for words evoking the historic catastrophe.  It can happen again, and that isn’t just a function of natural cycles.  There are moral and even supernatural forces in play.  There’s always a sense that Pompeii had it coming.  It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah for folks who don’t want to admit to that Old Testament God stuff.

A Declaration of Principles for Reconciliation

There are only two words to be spoken to false teachers: “repent” and “recant” along with the assurance that forgiveness and warm welcome await those who heed the call. We will not take part in the indaba process which results only in providing false teachings and false teachers with equal footing and equal voice alongside the teachings of Christ through his apostles

BREAKING: Welby names Tory Baucum as “Canterbury Preacher”

At Stand Firm we suspect there may be some who will question Tory’s “commitment to the present day reformation” given his willingness to affirm Johnston’s ministry. It will be viewed by them as a compromised commitment.

Walking and Talking

Let it be a small reminder of how hostile the world is to the Gospel, and a small reminder of what you’ve signed up for when you agreed to take up your cross. The world - in this case represented by gay activists and the media who kowtow to them - hates you. They hate your family, they hate your values, and they especially hate this Jesus.

Night Thoughts Away from Home during Christmas Season

I share readily in the town’s festive mood, smiling at perfect strangers and wishing them all “Merry Christmas.” What is it about Christmas that brings out the best in friends and strangers alike?

Grafton Appointment Exposes Massive Differences in the Anglican Church in Australia

Questioning Charismaticism

If Charismaticism is true, God speaks through tongues, words of knowledge, and prophecy, to guide the church but does not give the church an objective measure for determining whether in fact he is speaking.

Rumor Control

There are times when I feel like Andrews, the prison warden in Alien 3. Every now and then, he would call the prisoners together and say, “This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts.” Something like that is needed here and now, given the hysteria in Washington.

Facebook: Purveyor of Hate

I am normally a big advocate of free speech. I can’t stand college speech codes, and the political correctness culture that demands a pound of flesh when someone violates its taboos drives me crazy. I’m all for calling out nonsense and even hate, but I have no use for silencing idiots and bigots. Let the marketplace of ideas consign stupidity and prejudice to the garbage cans and sewers where they belong. Then there’s Facebook.

The Week

Abortion Rationalization Reaches New Low

2 Every time I think the Molech cult has reached a new low, they find even greater depths of evil and idiocy to plumb. The latest instance is a Scottish “poet” named Leyla Josephine, whose self-justifying…

David vs Goliath, Chandler vs Furtick

1 too good. think about it. If I’m David then I need to throw that stone just right and I become the hero who saves the people of God from…

Friend of the Devil

9 Ever since Aleister Crowley gained the reputation for being the “wickedest man in the world,” there have been imitators, poseurs, and wannabes. Herbert Arthur Sloane, Anton LaVey, Ozzie Osbourne, Marilyn Manson–with a…

Comments on Sunday’s Service

11 I posted a few “stream of consciousness” notes on my Facebook page today about today’s church service and though the SF crew might enjoy them. Apologies, then, for the non-coherence of this post. *******…

Carbon Footprint Alert

21 Being devotees of the Church of Global Warming, one would think that the bishops of the Episcopal Organization in the United States would want to minimize their, umm, carbon footprint. Apparently, the prospect of a…

In Support of Single Issue Voting

8 Statement: I will never support any candidate for any party for any office who supports legal abortions for any reason apart from the extremely rare cases where the life of the mother is at stake…

Forgot to Take Off Their Shoes to Count

4 Evidence from the independence vote in Scotland that journalists are way smarter than the rest of us, via the Daily Telegraph:

On Scotland and All That

12 A brief pause in theological postings to offer my opinion on UK politics. I am a Texan living in New York state but I have spent two weeks in Canterbury which makes me eminently qualified…

Children Playing Together=Treason

5 It is common among the useful idiots of the West, especially in the mainline Christian churches, to claim that if it weren’t for the fact that Israel is an apartheid Nazi genocidal oppressor state, the…

Palestinian Terrorism Reloading

4 In the West, there is a belief that there is a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. That is incorrect, at least from the perspective of Islamic terrorists. For them, this period…

Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

13 Earlier this week David Fischler attempted to close the contest for the Government Official Quote of the Year, in the category of Egregiously Stupid.  I’m going to give…

Re-branding The Asylum

16 Many churches have sought to re-brand themselves by picking a new name. Instead of “St. Swithens” or “St. Cuthbert’s” they become: “Crossroads Community” or “The Gathering” or “The Neighborhood”. A Baptist Church in Portland Oregon,…

Are We Figure Skaters or Preachers?

3 From Phil Johnson: Pulpit Highlights - Phil Johnson from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

California State Universities Fight “Islamophobia,” stoke Contempt for Christians

12 The recent news out of the California State University System is troubling.  Even the lefty Huffington Post describes it as a…

Dr. Mohler: The Osteen Predicament—Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

2 The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed…

Recent Comments

dpeirce - David vs Goliath, Chandler vs Furtick

Maybe I missed the point, but it seems that neither option is “Faith Alone”? What if no one completes the “Work” of using the sling or throwing the stone? In either case, isn’t it Faith…

Blue Cat Man - Abortion Rationalization Reaches New Low

What a blathering idiot! Selfish is the only word to describe this twit.

helpmelord - Abortion Rationalization Reaches New Low

Arrogant girl. She isn’t ashamed, but she will be sorry.

Dallasite - Dr. Mohler: The Osteen Predicament--Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

One of the unwelcome slow news day items on our local TV station last night was the breathless announcement of the Joel Osteen channel on Sirius XM.  You will be happy to know that it…

carl+ - Comments on Sunday's Service

Sarah, Unfortunately, the starting point of many congregations at the beginning of the Sermon on this parable is exactly where many were left at its finish!  Too often sermons have totally ignored the context (19:27)…

Sarah - Comments on Sunday's Service

RE: “Personally, I think any economic message misses the mark.” I agree—I am so thankful that our priest didn’t take us down that leftist rabbit trail.  He focused on our need for Jesus and how…

Words Matter - Friend of the Devil

Apparently, 1600 in OKC, but also a Eucharistic Procession and prayer in Tulsa. The devil is real, spiritual warfare is real. But this from the archbishop of Oklahoma City: Coakley told attendees in his homily…

B. Hunter - Comments on Sunday's Service

My boss is Jesus Christ.  I don’t really work for my boss.  Or his boss.  Or the head of the company.  It’s all for HIS GLORY. So, why would I care what anyone else makes,…

Ralph - Friend of the Devil

I don’t know if Crowley will be surpassed. He and his followers were completely serious, and I’m sure that he’s enjoying his reward. His current followers don’t seek publicity and don’t practice their rituals out…

Katherine - Friend of the Devil

According to news reports there were 40-50 participants at the black mass and about 1600 praying and singing protesters outside.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 - Comments on Sunday's Service

This goes to show how different assumptions cause people to see the same thing and derive very different messages. As the Gospel was being read, I was thinking that if I wanted to engage in…

Bill2 - Friend of the Devil

It is tempting to giggle at such things.  Even if they do think they are play acting, the problem with demons is, if you invite them, they just might come as Jim (#5) points out.…

Undergroundpewster - Comments on Sunday's Service

Bravo Tragic Christian #3.

Undergroundpewster - Comments on Sunday's Service

I went down the rabbit hole today and got Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the theme that Jesus’ parables get curiouser and curiouser.

Jim the Puritan - Friend of the Devil

The problem is, demons are happy to show up at events like this.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 - Friend of the Devil

What a brave stand this man is taking for freedom against the repression of the Catholic Church. I suppose for his next courageous stand he will be travelling to Iran to perform a “black salat,”…