March 2, 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

ECUSA and Freedom of Association: a Showdown Is Due

Litigation between the Episcopal Church (USA) and its parishes has been ongoing for more than fifteen years. It is a myth to say that the Church did not start any of the lawsuits: you can…

BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

13 Details to follow, but Bishop Iker says: “We are grateful for the ruling in our favor. It’s clear that both church laws and Texas laws have been rightly applied to this dispute.” Here is a…

Abusing an Argument? Thinking Harder About Domestic Violence and the Church

1 In the last few weeks a bit of a debate has kicked off here in Sydney over the difficult question of domestic violence (“DV”) and our response as evangelicals, and particularly as Sydney Anglicans, to…

Open Movie Thread On A Particular List of Movies

3 It’s been a while since we had a shallow thread . . . so of course, I’m up to the challenge of offering something vacuous. I was looking over this list of Scorsese film influences—that…

Nobody wants to be a loser

1 My sermon for March 1, 2015 The Second Sunday in Lent Nobody wants to be a loser.  Peter sure didn’t.  When Jesus began to use…

Is Anglicanism “Catholic Light”?

9 This is a short fifteen minute video in which I begin to explain some of the deep theological differences that divide reformed Anglicanism from the Roman Catholic Church. In this first video, I deal with…

The Death of the King of Ai

4 Joshua 8 brings us the story of the destruction of Ai and the execution of its King. After the earlier failed attempt, this time the people of Israel under Joshua are successful. The

Anatomy Lesson

16 Because college students have been sheltered all their lives from any information about sex, sexual behavior, or female anatomy (no information about any of these is available on the Internet, last time I checked, which…

SC Judge Makes Short Shrift of ECUSA’s Motion

22 As reported here, the Episcopal Church (USA) and its rump group in South Carolina filed a 182-page motion for reconsideration with Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein, asking her to reverse…

Quincy Court to TEC: “Plaintiffs Won—Quit Your Bad-Faith Maneuvers ... Now!”

20 On Friday, the trial court judge in the Quincy case issued a strongly worded order to TEC and its attorneys…

Fort Worth Case Argued before Judge Chupp

9 This morning the Hon. John Chupp, District Judge for the 141st District Court in Tarrant County, heard oral arguments in the case that the Texas Supreme Court last September remanded to him for trial. Both…

Not a Joke: LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM

21 The last “word” of the headline is not the name of a town in Wales. It is, rather, an acronym for the clientele of one of the forms of “program housing” run by Wesleyan University…

America Goes to Holy War

6 Theologian-in-Chief Barack Obama has made his decision. American has gone to war with Islamic heresy, according to al-Jazeera: US President Barack Obama has said his country is not at war with Islam, but…

My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

6 I’m posting this in part because Dr. Sacks is an exceptional thinker and writer in the world of medicine, and in part because this is Lent—and though I do not believe that he is a…

At terror confab, Obama SPOX calls out “Christian militants”

17 The moral equivalence campaign continues, as the Obama administration seeks to downplay Islamic terror and lack of Muslim and Western resistance to it. MSNBC…

Recent Comments

Paula Loughlin - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

“Glory and praise to our God.”  I am very happy to read such good news.

A. S. Haley - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

tjmcmahon (#11), my understanding is that there are two congregations that claim the All Saints property—one from Bishop Iker’s diocese, and the other from the rump diocese. The church itself, I believe sits on property…

tjmcmahon - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Thanks be to God! Mr. Haley,  my limited understanding is that All Saints was given the option to remove itself from the Diocese, but opted not to take the diocesan offer (one assumes because they…

Katherine - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Sounds very, very good.  Thank you, A.S. Haley #9.  I gather the All Saints’ case is somewhat more complex and requires a trial.  Presumably the ECUSA faction will appeal as it is doing in SC. …

A. S. Haley - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

All there is at this point is an order granting the motion for summary judgment by Bishop Iker and his trustees, and denying the motion by the plaintiffs ECUSA and its rump group. The parish…

The Little Myrmidon - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Well, that formatting didn’t work. Sorry.

The Little Myrmidon - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

The diocesan [url=” website]http://www.fwepiscopal.org/index1.php”]website[/url] says Bp. Iker will issue a statement on Tuesday.

Nikolaus - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Bazinga!

Nikolaus - Is Anglicanism "Catholic Light"?

I very much appreciate what is said here.  I don’t have the resources or brain-power to comment as I prefer, but I remember the excitement I felt when I “discovered” evangelical Anglicanism.  When I moved…

Enough - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Thanks be to God! Amen!

Capt. Father Warren - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Gotta be hitting the TEC ROI pretty hard in the legal bank account.

Katherine - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Hallelujah!  Looking forward to details.

priestwalter - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and…

SC blu cat lady - BREAKING: Fort Worth Wins Big

WOW! Excellent news….. any more information?

Capt. Father Warren - Is Anglicanism "Catholic Light"?

“Less guilt”.......ha ha. I remember teaching a catechism class once where contrasted the skinny catechism in the 1979 BCP to the +700 page, fine print counterpart of the RC’s ..............a person piped up “oh I…

Joshua B - Is Anglicanism "Catholic Light"?

Matt, Just a quick question for you (and for everyone). Do you think it is possible that a factor which contributes to the misunderstanding that Anglicanism = Catholic lite is the notion that Anglicanism is…