January 31, 2015

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Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

The events in Sydney over the last 24 hours have not ruined Christmas. Nothing can ruin Christmas - for the coming of Jesus into the World is greater than any other event. If anything, the deaths of 3 people in the Lindt Café only serves to demonstrate just how wonderful and necessary Christmas is.

[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

The Week

Are You Willing to be Chipped?

2 BBC ran an article about a Swedish group offering tenants the opportunity to be “chipped.”  As you may have guessed that means having a microchip implanted under your skin.  In this…

[CofE] A Storm is Brewing in Southwark Diocese

6 Trouble may be brewing in Southwark. The Diocese, long regarded as a bastion of liberal theology in the Church of England, is coming under increasing pressure for it’s refusal to back away from revisionism. More…

Can We Call Stephen Sizer an Anti-Semite Now? (UPDATED)

11 The Rev. Stephen Sizer, among the most unhinged critics of Israel in the Church of England (and a go-to guy for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement, as well as various anti-Israel church groups in…

Justin Welby on Social Media: We Speak Publicly. You Respond Privately.

15 My hunch is that the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent misapplication of Matthew 18 is a passive aggressive response to the

Christianity as Hallmark Card (UPDATED)

12 Sometimes I can’t help but laugh at “progressive” Christians. They are people advocating an ideology that has no reason to exist. Mark Sandlin, who is a PCUSA minister and who bills himself modestly as “a…

Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (II)

11 Friday afternoon at the Mere Anglicanism Conference in Charleston began with a talk by Mary Eberstadt, a former special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick at the United Nations, speechwriter for Secretary of State George…

Believe You Have Received it and it Will Be Yours?

3 The following is one of the most frequently abused promises in the New Testament:“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt…

Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (I)

6 The 2015 Mere Anglicanism Conference in Charleston, South Carolina—a sold-out event—centered on the theme “Salt and Light: the Christian Response to Secularism.” The speakers were left to choose their own individual topics; the organizers merely…

The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

19 Archbishop Sentamu asks the congregation whether the consecration of Libby Lane represents the will of the church. A lone Church of England clergyman, Paul Williams, verbally objects:  “No. Not in the…

Ha. Ha. Ha.

23 An official at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, which has an office across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court, went out on Thursday to have a gander at the March…

Marcus Borg Has Died

7 I am sad to hear of Marcus Borg’s passing. He was a brilliant man who abused and misused his brilliance to deny the One to whom he must now give an…

Islam amplifies blasphemy

8 Michigan Pastor and blogger Kenneth Tanner has an intelligent piece on the sometimes less than brainy Huffington Post. In Blasphemy After the Cross, Tanner points out that…

A Crucial Line Drawn

11 The more I read this letter from the Gafcon primates to the Archbishop of Burundi, the better it gets. This paragraph in particular stands out: Not…

Gafcon Primates Call for CAPA Chairman’s Repentance or Resignation

10 This is precisely the way all attempts to reconcile with false teachers short of full repentance ought to be met: The Most…

The Freedom of Speech

10 Words are incredibly powerful things. From the very beginning it is words that have exerted enormous influence in our universe. Gen. 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. …

Recent Comments

Jackie - Are You Willing to be Chipped?

Thank you for the chuckle, Pewster.

Undergroundpewster - Are You Willing to be Chipped?

As part of the ordination process, I think 815 may require its new priests and deacons to be chipped. A newRite of Chipification named, “I Chip You, You Chip Me” should be prepared for the…

BravoZulu - Political Startup Ranks the Most Conservative, Liberal 2016 Candidates

Just another concern about why there is so much talent emerging in the Republican camp and so few coming forward from Democrats. There must be plenty of people who would come forth from Democrats, but…

BravoZulu - Political Startup Ranks the Most Conservative, Liberal 2016 Candidates

I would like to thank Real Toral for that Venn Diagram quite a while ago. A significant Republican problem—just like Conservatives in TEC, is to narrow their scope and so narrow their appeal to the…

David Fischler - Christianity as Hallmark Card (UPDATED)

#8, just read the article at your link, Jim. The theology prof is being too clever by half. He knows the difference between having the breath of life in one and having the Holy Spirit,…

MichaelA - [CofE] A Storm is Brewing in Southwark Diocese

Very good point Jill. Southwark has been the bastion of liberalism in the Church of England for decades.  And let’s be blunt - most trouble in the Church of England emanates from Southwark.  Many of…

Jill Woodliff - [CofE] A Storm is Brewing in Southwark Diocese

Clapham, the village where William Wilberforce and his colleagues worked for the abolition of the slave trade, is in Southwark.  There is an ever-increasing number of black-majority churches springing up in formerly industrial or commercial…

MTDave - Christianity as Hallmark Card (UPDATED)

Oh, look, it’s another episode of “Mainline Minister or Lewis’s Bishop from the Great Divorce”?

Pageantmaster ن - Can We Call Stephen Sizer an Anti-Semite Now? (UPDATED)

#8 David “Would it be appropriate to suspend him in the meantime, even if with pay?” There may be provisions being looked at together with criteria and precedents for their use, but I am not…

Undergroundpewster - Can We Call Stephen Sizer an Anti-Semite Now? (UPDATED)

Another “Reconciliation” fail.

Undergroundpewster - [CofE] A Storm is Brewing in Southwark Diocese

Justin Welby has no intentions of “listening” when it comes to an appeal from conservative groups.

Christopher Johnson - Christianity as Hallmark Card (UPDATED)

Let’s face it.  John Calvin’s earthly remains have dug a tunnel under Lake Geneva by now.  And David?  With this post, I officially concede to you guys the title of Goofiest Mainline Protestant Denomination: http://themcj.com/?p=52575…

dwstroudmd+ - Justin Welby on Social Media: We Speak Publicly. You Respond Privately.

ToAllTheWorld, “Welby is just behind the times.”  Undoubtedly.  He is using the TEc Playbook line upon line, page by page, and without discernment. In other historical reminsicenses, perhaps he thinks “It’ll all blow over in…

dwstroudmd+ - Can We Call Stephen Sizer an Anti-Semite Now? (UPDATED)

“I would welcome articles (Sizer) can recommend refuting the allegations (of his anti-Semitism).” However ...  “Sizer has continued to attract criticism, most recently having attended a seminar in Iran that discussed “Zionist involvement” in the…

tjmcmahon - Justin Welby on Social Media: We Speak Publicly. You Respond Privately.

Hmmmmm When was it that Welby came to ACNA to chat with us before he publicly declared us all out of communion with his see?  Or did y’all forget to invite me to the luncheon?

David Fischler - Can We Call Stephen Sizer an Anti-Semite Now? (UPDATED)

Would it be appropriate to suspend him in the meantime, even if with pay?