November 23, 2014


[Bumped For Very Obvious Reasons] 8.5 Things I Rejoice In This Post-Election Day

5) This isn’t the Episcopal Church. Our country is far juster, far more interested in the rule of law, far more stable, far more popular, far less vicious, and far more conservative. It is completely within our power as conservatives—with God’s help—to transform this country’s political landscape if we so choose. It will be very hard and very long. The next two years will be appallingly painful. Every week or month, we’ll be reminded of the judgement of God—and our challenge will be not to get angry, or despairing, or inactive, but rather to humble ourselves all over again, repent, acknowledge the horrible consequences of our compromises, corruption, passivity, and loss of principle, and continue turning away from the wrong path and seeking the right one.

Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

It’s not a question of “how will the Communion divide”—that division, albeit internal, has already occurred.  The further question is not “how can we all live together in the midst of our profound disagreements” but is rather “what is to be done with the Provinces which have engaged in intrinsically communion-dividing actions?”

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.

The Week

ACNA Primate: Don’t sign marriage pledge for now

33 An email circulating.  Received via an ACNA friend. Grace and peace to you in the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord!!! I hope this email finds you well and walking in the fullness of the…

UK “journalists” distort study to advocate for LGBT church

6 Right of the top, the headline stands the study on its head: Poll: Children now describe someone who is religious as dangerous or threatening Yes, 1 in 8…

More than 150 Clergy Sign The Marriage Pledge in 48 Hours

8 Surely your rector needs to prayerfully consider it—you can pass on a link to the pledge here. I think Christian clergy are hungry to clearly and publicly differentiate from the faux state redefinition…

Oh Dear—Jim Naughton is peevish again—so give generously to the IRD

10 You can always tell his level of outrage—and the effort to obscure it—by the sidetracking and the red herrings and the straw men.  Fun to skim . . . My favorite part of the…

One Black Episcopalian on Ferguson

6 I have a Black friend of several decades.  We met in church.  He lives in St. Louis.  Here’s his perspective on the current dynamics in Ferguson - I didn’t solicit this and I don’t claim…

The Marriage Pledge and the Libertarian Solution to the Marriage Debate

19 Okay—so right on time Mere Orthodoxy posts an analysis of The Marriage Pledge and argues that this is a “surrender” to the culture.  You may recall that I’d…

Rusty Reno Makes the Case for Clergy Cutting the Government Out of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

10 His article is at First Things, from which I’ve excerpted the below: It’s time to make a clear distinction between the government-enforced legal regime of marriage and the…

[Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

94 I think this, posted at First Things magazine, is huge. I see that clergy are already signing it, including Episcopal clergy. I think this is precisely what has been needed for some time…

Liberal Activists & Social Media “Firestorms”

9 Remember—when you don’t have anywhere close to the majority about a particular issue, you have to try to create the appearance of a majority that deceives the majority into thinking they’re a minority. One of…

Riffing on Failure & Shattered Dreams

26 This is a bit different from some of my normal writing . . . but perhaps readers will indulge me as I chat about some things I’ve been pondering over the past month or so.…

Liars and the Lying Government Officials Who Hire Them

10 Having someone call you stupid is bad enough.  ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber apparently doesn’t think much of the intelligence of the American people. A new tape has surfaced showing…

Operation Christmas Child

Most of us are familiar with Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child but if you are like me, you often forget to do something about it in time to participate in the…

Virginia Tech Cuts Funding for Conservative Group

7 NOTE:  The original headline originally incorrectly identified the University of Virginia.  It has been corrected to properly identify Virginia Tech. What results do you think would be achieved if a large group of…

OPEN THREAD: Veterans Day

8 Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting a veteran from the Vietnam War and a veteran from the Iraq war, both proud owners of their respective dogs, both suffering much physically and emotionally. As I…

What Values Will Our Children Vote?

4 Dr. Mohler has another interesting article this week that delves into the election results.  He references an op-ed piece from the NY Times written by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurszban.  While…

Recent Comments

Words Matter - Oh Dear -- Jim Naughton is peevish again -- so give generously to the IRD

IRD has an excellent blog called Juicy Ecumenism. You can get to the posts through the main IRD site or they have their own url. Well worth reading.

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

OK. I’ve done some background reading, and I see what you mean. All I can say is that certainly isn’t what I meant, and I see where the confusion came in. Alas.

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

A few of our parishes received what I would have termed a godly admonition to celebrate Communion every Sunday. As far as I know they’ve not complied, and that was a couple of years ago.…

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

So to be clear. Does a “godly admonition” always mean an order under threat of disposition in TEC?

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Ah well. I’m glad you persisted in trying to understand. On the flip side, I thought you were becoming congregationalist on us. Heh!

Sarah - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

RE: “By godly admonition, I meant something pastoral and firm, but not necessarily with canonical court type implications.” Wow. Talk about two ships passing in the night. I am *so relieved*.  I can’t believe it.…

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Re: 26, I largely agree with you. I’m not necessarily opposed to the Pledge, and I’ve read both sides with great interest. One of the reasons I would argue that it should be a decision…

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Very helpful, Sarah. In fact I am from Canada, and while I suppose a godly admonition can mean a formal order “with implications” from a bishop, that’s not how I understood it above. By godly…

Sarah - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

RE: “There are some issues that are matters for individual discernment, over and against corporate discernment, and I suspect this lies at the crux of our disagreement. Where does the pledge fall here? I think…

Sarah - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Hi farstrider, I’ve been wracking my mind as to how on earth we could be disagreeing on this and it occurred to me that you may not have been in TEC and may not know…

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Fair enough, Sarah. If “godly admonition” means a enforced coercion in your mind, I can see where the confusion arose. To me it doesn’t necessarily mean that. When a group is trying to decide what…

Sarah - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Hi farstrider . . . I asked you this question way up in the thread: ”    Well . . . let’s say the “official stance” is “we issue a godly admonition not to sign…

Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Sarah, you’ve made a clear and, from where I’m sitting, disingenuous choice to reinterpret my language to mean something coercive. I wrote about a unity which is based on godly submission to godly leadership—this is…

Betty See - Liars and the Lying Government Officials Who Hire Them

The American people didn’t vote with President Obama in the most recent election and he exacted his revenge quickly: Obama’s Revenge against the American voters who did not vote his way in the recent election…

Sarah - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

RE: “No one signs a pledge . . . “ Which eliminates the whole point of the pledge—ceasing to enable government attempted redefinitions of marriage by acting as an agent of the state, as well…

Undergroundpewster - ACNA Primate: Don't sign marriage pledge for now

Sounds like ACNA will have to form a task force.