October 2, 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

Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

7 The recent meltdown at the country’s oldest theological seminary (and the only Episcopal seminary under the direct supervision of ECUSA) puts to the test some…

Tell me again how we worship the same God?

17 @subboor18 Quran is man made. By one man instead of by many people hearing God over many years.— Timothy Fountain (@NPASDK) October 1, 2014

GTS faculty reveal the words that got them fired

11 The eight General Theological Seminary faculty members said by the BoardExecutive Communitariat of a Special Select Committee for the Undersecretary of Theological Formation to have resigned their positions have a blog up…

Bluegrass Trans Insanity

3 Via Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage comes word that the trans insanity has spread to deep-red Kentucky: A transgender teenager, who was born male but…

At GTS, Prayers Ascending to Father, Son and Holy Lawyers

14 The first line of a current letter from the “Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees” of the General Theological Seminary (GTS) is friggin’ PRICELESS, Yesterday, after much prayer and…

Taking Rape Seriously Requires Us to Take Sex Seriously.

2 Chris over at Here in the Waiting Room has written a very challenging but acutely incisive piece on the jarring disconnect between the seriousness with which we rightly view rape and…

The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

17 Last year our family took a road trip across the United States of America, beginning on the west coast and finishing in Boston. During our stay in the Cradle of the American Revolution we went…

University to Regulate Sex Lives

9 Old hotness: “get the government out of the bedroom.” New hotness: “the government needs to micro-manage your bedroom behavior.” From NRO: The University of Michigan has released a list of relationship behaviors that…

Defining Deviancy Down

8 That famous phrase of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan came to mind when I saw this item from the Daily Telegraph: Laws banning incest between brothers and sisters in Germany could be…

The Unraveling of the Anglican Communion

22 For some time now—ever since ECUSA’s unilateral decision to consecrate V. Gene Robinson as a bishop—the Anglican Communion has been unraveling, but since it was such a loosely based agglomeration of churches to begin with,…

On Being a Literalist

16 A few days ago I commented on a facebook post by Addison Hodges Hart (former Anglican, former Roman, now Anglican again?) suggesting, contrary to the apparent point of Hart’s post, that war cannot be inherently…

If Environmental Fascists Had Their Way

9 It has been noted that the environmental movement contains more than its fair share of people with totalitarian tendencies. From the eco-terrorists of the Earth Liberation Front to the misanthropes of…

Do You Hear the Bells?

5 As I was riding in the car today, the news played a snippet of Mr. Obama’s speech on climate change.  He was prattling on about how we ignore it at our own peril and that…

There is one God and this guy is his Twitter!

2 Wow, I’m honored in a weird way. One of those religion-of-submission guys Tweeted a reply to my Bible verse Tweet, exhorting me to dump the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and follow his religion,

Dude!  We can bring back heresy trials!

9 One of the massive quarry of stumbling blocks from The Episcopal Church (TEC)‘s last few decades was the decision to avoid a heresy trial for…

Recent Comments

Ecclesiastes 1:18 - Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

I’m sure the GTS board would be horrified to learn that they have just adopted the Ronald Reagan method of labor negotiation.

Cranmerian - Tell me again how we worship the same God?

Thanks for the replies.  I’ve just never seen Islam listing amongst the Christian heresies such as Arianism, Donatism, Patripassionism, Pelagianism, etc.  These all stemmed from people within the Catholic Church whose teachings went wrong.  Thus,…

Undergroundpewster - Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

What a mess. This time they can’t blame those mean curmudgeonly conservatives.

B. Hunter - Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

...you can always vote with your feet…

Dragonfly - Tell me again how we worship the same God?

Just to add a little wood to the fire: Are ISIS and Islam the same? http://www.jihadwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ISvsQuran.png

rick allen - Tell me again how we worship the same God?

“Rick, can you please explain your comment that Islam is a “Christian heresy?”” Cranmerian, I didn’t mean to ignore your question, but in fact many of the previous responses covered what I would have said…

Sarah - Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

From what I’ve read, *IF* the things that Dunkle supposedly said are true, than they are quite crude and unsophisticated [hard for me to believe that an Episcopal clergyman would engage in that kind of…

A. S. Haley - Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

(#1), since the other two faculty members have not joined the strike, I can only assume that they have not joined the union either- but I have no information one way or the other.

Timothy Fountain - Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

Thanks, Allan.  This really cried out for some decent legal perspective.  Many possible ways it could play out - hopefully the one you offer at the end of your analysis.

Cranmerian - Tell me again how we worship the same God?

I guess the reason for my question is based upon my understanding of the word heresy.  If we are going to call something a Christian heresy, wouldn’t that imply that one is starting from a…

StayinAnglican - Tell me again how we worship the same God?

The way I see it, the more witnesses there are the better. The Bible presents many witnesses over a long period of time whose testimony is cohesive and consistent. In the interests of keeping this…

Nikolaus - Tell me again how we worship the same God?

In my opinion, to claim that Islam is a Christian heresy is to be excessively mild and passive.  I’m not saying that it didn’t originate as such, but that it moved way beyond “heresy.”  Of…

jamesw - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

Sarah, Got side-lined by work.  Who’d a thought? Anyway, I think that 20-30 years would be the maximum and it will probably start much sooner.  Even over the last decade (at least in the diocese…

tjmcmahon - Clash of the Canons and Civil Law at GTS

Well, having worked for several institutions of higher learning, I would have to reserve judgment on the question of who is right and who is wrong until reviewing the contract the faculty were working under-…

tjmcmahon - GTS faculty reveal the words that got them fired

Ralph (#7) One would have thought that if the Association of Theological Schools were going to take action, they would have done so when the several TEC affiliated schools stopped teaching actual theology and replaced…

pendennis88 - GTS faculty reveal the words that got them fired

I wonder how that “Year of Wisdom” is turning out.