November 26, 2014

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[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

Waypoints

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

ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

3 Today the Illinois Supreme Court posted twenty-eight pages of its recent dispositions of requests made by losing parties for leave to appeal their decision to that Court. On page twelve, at the very…

The Whole Duty of Man

6 Ecclesiastes 12:13 is one of my favorite verses.The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.It cuts to the chase and…

Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

9 From First Things, where there is more: The following question was forced upon me: What, in fact, is the character of the “marriages” recognized by our society more broadly? Is…

The Supplication

2 No indictment in Ferguson, MO.  Social media on emotional overload.  Plus all the other “stuff” indicative of widening chaos and descending darkness.  This is from the Book of Common Prayer (ECUSA, 1979), p. 152:…

Abandoning the Search for the Gay Gene and Embracing Choice

6 Interesting article over at the Daily BeastAnd as homosexuality approaches a critical mass of cultural acceptance, more and more people are comfortable challenging the dominant “born that way” narrative. In 2012, Sex…

ACNA Primate: Don’t sign marriage pledge for now

42 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

11 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

7 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.…

Recent Comments

tjmcmahon - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

Mr. Haley, What happens to the frozen assets- do they remain frozen awaiting the seemingly inevitable TEC appeal to the US Supreme Court (and/or any other antic they can dream up to stall further)? Thank…

A. S. Haley - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

Jason Miller (#1), my understanding is that case has been stayed by the court until April—which will give time for ECUSA to try to petition the US Supreme Court. But if the don’t, or if…

Jim the Puritan - The Whole Duty of Man

“My grace is sufficient.”  II Corinthians 12:9

Jason Miller - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

What happens now with the separate suit that the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s brought against the clergy, Standing Committee, etc., in Peoria County?

Garrin+ - Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

The problem here is that Fr. Radner has it backward.  We Christian ministers are not “agents of the state” in signing marriage licenses.  Instead, the state simply recognizes that those we marry are also married…

helpmelord - The Whole Duty of Man

Romans 8:38-39New International Version (NIV) 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything…

johnd - The Whole Duty of Man

Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for or prove the existence of realities that at present remain unseen.  Heb. 11:1 JB I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds…

Texas Bob - The Whole Duty of Man

The text to the Soprano aria “I know that my Redeemer liveth” that opens the third part of Handel’s Messiah comes from Job 19:25-26. I know that my Redeemer liveth and at the latter days…

Timothy Fountain - The Whole Duty of Man

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. …

J Eppinga - The Whole Duty of Man

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;   I have no good apart from you.” As for the saints in the land, they…

Going Home - Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

The ramifications can vary from state to state.

jeff Hoffman+ - Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

Here is my view on all of this.  from the BCP concerning the marriage service, “Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God.  In…

Pageantmaster ن - Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

Mark McCall has a detailed legal analysis of the differences between Christian and Civil Marriage [from a New York perspective] which answers many of the questions coming out of the discussion in the last few…

Jim the Puritan - Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

#2—“So where does that leave members of a congregation who have been married by a judge or justice of the peace, and have not had their civil service blessed in the church?  Are they married…

Undergroundpewster - Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

In terms of what is most important, being together with the Church in having your relationship blessed or solemnized or whatever you want to call it UNDER THE EYES of GOD is something of infinite…

J Eppinga - Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

RE:  “So where does that leave members of a congregation who have been married by a judge or justice of the peace, and have not had their civil service blessed in the church? “ I…