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March 26, 2008

How to Use Stand Firm















Click this login link. Underneath the login form is a link to register for an account. Click it, then enter a user name (the name you’ll log in with), a screen name (the name that’s displayed when you make comments), a password, and a valid email address. You’ll complete your registration by clicking a click sent to the email address you provide, so the address must be valid, and one to which you have access. ^back to top^


After you register at the site, you’ll be sent an email containing a confirmation link. You must click this link to confirm your registration. If you haven’t received this email yet, please check your spam filter or junk mailbox - they sometimes get trapped there. Please note that final approval and activation is done by site administrators, so please be patient. ^back to top^


Click this login link. Enter the username and password you provided when you registered. if you’ve forgotten your password, click the “Forgot your password?” link and provide the email address with which your registered. You will be sent an email with instructions on resetting your password. ^back to top^


Click this login link. Click “Forgot your password?” and follow the instructions. Since our system stores passwords only in encrypted format, we are unable to email your password to you. The system, however, will allow you to reset it if you follow the “Forgot Password” instructions. PLEASE NOTE THESE TWO THINGS: 1) Since the system remembers you by placing a cookie on your computer, you must have cookies enabled in order to log in, and in order for the system to see you as logged in from page to page; 2) The web browser that comes with AOL uses very strict security settings that often interfere with the proper functioning of our system. Our recommendation is to change to a non-AOL web browser. Also, we do not support Windows98, WindowsME, or the Netscape browser, as Microsoft and AOL have ceased support of these systems. ^back to top^


PLEASE NOTE that responding via email to a comment notification does NOT post your comment to the site. Only the comment submission form at the end of every thread will post your comment to the site.

You may comment using Facebook, if you have a Facebook account and are currently logged in.

You may comment in the Stand Firm system if you are registered and logged in. When you’re logged in, a comment form will appear at the bottom of all articles for which comments are open. Compose your comment in the box, and click the “Submit” button to post it to the site. If you log in but don’t see the comment box, it may because you have cookies disabled. Check your web browser settings and, if necessary, add to the list of sites from which you accept cookies. On rare occasion, we close comments (or never open them in the first place) on certain articles. ^back to top^


You can set which comment tab - Facebook or Stand Firm - opens by default when you view a page.

1. Make sure you’re logged in, and click “Your Account” in the top menu
2. In the left-side menu, under “Personal Settings” click “Edit Profile”
3. Near the bottom of the screen, beside “Comment Tab,” pull down and select “Facebook” or “Stand Firm.”
4. Click the “Update” button.


Log in and click the “Your Account” icon near the top of the page. Under “Personal Settings,” click “Username and Password” and make the changes you desire. You can change your email address in the “Email Settings” section. NOTE: Changing your screen name will change it wherever you have made a post, even posts made in the past.  ^back to top^


We occasionally receive requests from people wanting to be “removed from the list.” If you have emailed us with this request, please note:

We do not delete accounts from our system, because doing so also deletes all comments you’ve made. This causes problems due to the way comments are numbered and referred to by other members.

If you want to stop receiving emails from us, or otherwise change your incoming email settings, please follow the next set of instructions. ^back to top^


Near the comment box is a checkbox labeled “Notify me of follow-up comments?” It is checked by default. Whenever you comment on an article and leave this box checked, you’ll receive an email notification whenever someone comments on that article. If you wish not to receive email notifications, uncheck the box.

You may also use our Control Panel to manage email notifications on an article-by-article basis. Log in, click “Your Account,” and click “Email Settings.” Under “Utilities” click “View Subscriptions.” Check or uncheck the boxes to enable or disable email notifications.

Some people want to be notified of follow-up comments on threads on which they leave their own comment. Others do not. By default, this setting is “on,” but you can turn it off by logging in and going to your control panel. Under “Personal Settings” click “Email Settings,” and un-check ” Enable email notifications by default when you post messages.”

Other email settings, including whether you receive email alerts from us, can be managed under “Email Settings” in the “Personal Settings” section. ^back to top^


Simply post a comment with the word “Subscribe,” and make sure the checkbox labeled “Notify me of follow-up comments?” is checked when you click “Submit.” You’ll then receive all comments subsequently posted to that thread. This is also a good solution if you’ve inadvertently unchecked “Notify me of follow-up comments” on a thread you’d like to continue being notified by email of follow-up comments. ^back to top^


Log in, then click “Your Account” at the top of the page. On the left side, click the small “+” beside “Private Messaging” and you’ll see your inbox, a link to compose a new message, and other features similar to standard email programs. ^back to top^


Method 1: Log in to your account and go to the control panel. Click “Member List,” search for the member to whom you’d like send a message. When you find him, click his name, then click the “PM” button in the “Communications” section.

Method 2: On most screens, when you’re logged in you’ll see a list of users who are also currently logged in. If you see the name of person to whom you want to send a private message, click it. Then click the “PM” button in the “Communications” section, and proceed to compose and send your message as you normally would.

The Private Messaging section also has a Buddy List for easy management of message recipients. ^back to top^


Registered users can add their own links to the top of our “Around the Web” and “Around the MSM” sections. Go to your account control panel, and under the section “Personal Settings” click “Edit Profile.” Locate the “Links” section, and enter any links you’d like displayed on your “Around the Web” page. You may simply enter URLs, or you may use the <a href=”...”>...</a> tag to create clean, spiffy links. For example, copy and paste this text into your “Links” field, save, then go to “Around the Web” and refresh the page, and note how it’s displayed at the top:

This is especially helpful for those who want to make “Around the Web” their homepage, but don’t want to lose any links they have on their current homepage. For best results, put each link on its own line.

Your custom links are not visible to other site visitors.

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I clicked by mistake on the link removing me from further notifications. How do we rectify this, please?

[1] Posted by uwesiemon on 4-20-2008 at 03:36 PM · [top]


Simply go to the thread where you want notifications when new comments are added and check the little box at the bottom of that page that says “Notify me of follow-up comments?”

[2] Posted by Sarah on 4-20-2008 at 03:43 PM · [top]

How do I contact site admin to ask a question?  Here?  I can’t locate an email contact thing.

For the past while the T19 column has been totally blank on the Around the web page. And where do those phrases that keep changing for each SF tab I open come from?  Just noticed.  Maybe they’ve always been there? Right now one tab says “Harshing your revisionist mellow” and another says “Pass them knuckle bandages please” and they keep changing. Anyway, what’s with the blank T19? The actual site seems to be up and running okay. Thanks.

[3] Posted by jobeena on 4-22-2008 at 10:45 PM · [top]

i hit the “do not send   responses   link in error.  did not mean to hit it.  please continue to send me responses.  thank you.

[4] Posted by jaroke on 4-30-2008 at 03:09 PM · [top]

I’d like to delete an account I held earlier under another name, TRex54.

[5] Posted by Rudy on 5-1-2008 at 08:44 PM · [top]

webMaster?? used the account pages to change my email address and it reflects my new email. But when I log in, the log-in pages requires my old email address.
OLD: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
NEW: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

[6] Posted by AnglicanRon on 5-7-2008 at 08:26 PM · [top]


If you used your email address as your login name, that explains things. Your email address can be used as your username, but they are technically two different things.

[7] Posted by Greg Griffith on 5-7-2008 at 09:09 PM · [top]

Fabulous idea, Greg. 

Of course, without some self-imposed discipline, this will lend itself very nicely to information overload, lack of sleep, and ultimately babbling incoherency.

[8] Posted by hanks on 7-8-2008 at 04:29 PM · [top]

Sorry, posted on wrong thread.

[9] Posted by hanks on 7-8-2008 at 04:31 PM · [top]

I need a help title that says: “How to use the search feature.”  I can’t get search to work.  I’ve tried various keywords, dates, options, etc. but I keep getting no results.  Is there a trick to it?

[10] Posted by Jill C. on 7-16-2008 at 01:51 AM · [top]

Adding to SheepDog, it would be useful (at least to me) to have a “my comments” search feature, which would return pointers to every comment I’ve made over the last N days/weeks/whatever.  (Gays are not the only ones prone to narcissism.)

HTML kvetch:  When you enter a comment containing an ampersand escape (& ... ; ), the comment editor resolves it, effectively removing it, which means that it will disappear in the comment actually posted after a Preview.  This is clearly a bug.

[11] Posted by Craig Goodrich on 7-19-2008 at 11:47 AM · [top]

If you take a long time in writing a comment, and then preview it, and then hit submit, and it does not post, is it saved anywhere on the website or has it just evaporated into cyberspace?


Mark Brown
San Angelo, Texas
September 10, 2008

[12] Posted by MarkBrown on 9-10-2008 at 07:26 PM · [top]


Sorry for the long delay in responding. There is a timeout length (not sure what it is - maybe 15 mins?) after which your current “session” expires, and your comment is lost to the ether. It is not stored anywhere on our site.

The way to make sure your comment isn’t lost is, before you hit “Submit,” just place your cursor in the comment box, hit Ctrl-A to copy all the text in it, then hit Ctrl-C to copy all of it. If for whatever your reason your comment isn’t posted, it’s all still in your computer’s clipboard, and you can paste it into the comment box and try again.

[13] Posted by Greg Griffith on 11-19-2008 at 02:13 PM · [top]

The video of the cat you posted on the morning of Nov 21 may be infected. I am using Firefox 3.0.4 with NoScript 1.8.5. When I clicked on the video, NoScript popped up a warning about a possible clickjacking attempt buried in the video. You might want to remove this video until you can confirm it does not contain a threat.


[14] Posted by Watcher On The Wall on 11-21-2008 at 11:10 AM · [top]

Is it possible for me to get my blog listed on this sight?
the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


[15] Posted by duggy on 12-10-2008 at 03:24 PM · [top]

I’ve just registered.  However, I’m not Anglican or Episcopalian.(Orthodox Presbyterian)  Is that OK,
or is this site for Anglicans only?


[16] Posted by cadwopper on 12-10-2008 at 11:31 PM · [top]


Everybody who abides by the comment policy (see bottom of this page) is welcome. Heck, we’ve got plenty of people commenting here we’re convinced aren’t Christians at all!

[17] Posted by Greg Griffith on 12-10-2008 at 11:49 PM · [top]

...also, as you’ll learn if you hang around long enough, the existential question of what exactly an Anglican is, is something we wrestle with pretty much all the time.  wink

[18] Posted by Greg Griffith on 12-10-2008 at 11:59 PM · [top]

Hey cadwopper,

Those of us who were born with TULIP embossed on our cribs appreciate a bit of solid Calvinist input now and then.  My OP friends from years back were always serious Christians—so let me add my welcome to Stand Firm.

[19] Posted by hanks on 12-11-2008 at 12:24 AM · [top]

Thanks, ya’ll

[20] Posted by cadwopper on 12-11-2008 at 08:39 AM · [top]

But please see the link in the below comment policy [she squeaked].

Although there have been some bannings over gross vulgarity and slurs, I would say that the vast majority now of sudden disappearances of commenters are for off-topic obsessions inserted into threads that have nothing to do with the obsession.  So if you are the kind of OPC person who enters every thread—even if about Christmas Poinsettas—with “And that reminds me of Beza’s comments regarding double-predestination and the idolatry of keeping any other feast day other than the Lord’s Day” . . .

Well . . . ; > )

I should note that so far we have never banned a person for single-minded obsessive off-topics about Beza and feast days, but there’s always a first time . . .

[comments written somewhat vaguely in jest]

[21] Posted by Sarah on 12-11-2008 at 09:04 AM · [top]

Hi friends,
Trying to tell Turbo Tax about the donations I’ve made to Stand Firm and it insists on an address for the “charity.”  (As if you guys would take common handouts!)  What should I put down?

[22] Posted by Cindy T. in TX on 3-2-2009 at 06:43 PM · [top]

Greg, I logged in again….successfully, but my screen name doesn’t appear on the Logged In Members List.  What gives?

[23] Posted by Cennydd on 3-11-2009 at 04:47 PM · [top]

Same thing happened to me (as Cennydd).  Blessings, Liz

[24] Posted by Liz Forman on 3-11-2009 at 05:04 PM · [top]

Same thing happened to me (as Cennydd -23 and Liz -24). The sidebar has ALWAYS shown my name when I enter SF. Strange, as I haven’t done anything differently and I showed up there this morning when I was browsing…or was that yesterday? Just curious…no big deal.

[25] Posted by merlenacushing on 3-11-2009 at 06:14 PM · [top]

The online members list is now refreshed every 10 minutes, instead of every time a page loads. This takes a huge burden off the server. So it depends on how close to the next :10 on the clock you are. But, if you log in for example at 9:01, and log out at 9:09, your name won’t appear on the list at all.

Cindy - our address is here:

[26] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-11-2009 at 07:56 PM · [top]

Where did you go?
I could find SF two days after the big switch, but now all I get is a partial homepage (no story headlines or comments) and a lot of blank space.
What are Windows XP and I doing wrong?

[27] Posted by Invicta on 3-13-2009 at 09:17 PM · [top]


Make sure you have Javascript enabled, and upgrade your web browser. Are you by chance running Internet Explorer 6?

[28] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-13-2009 at 09:27 PM · [top]

Thanks for steering me in the right direction.
I am running IE 7, but after trying to update Java, I realised that my personal firewall wasn’t cooperating.  It didn’t seem to like like SF either,(Bad Firewall!!!), but that’s easily taken care of.

[29] Posted by Invicta on 3-14-2009 at 10:34 AM · [top]

On some stories, notably the thread on embryonic stem cell research,  the text stretches out past the edge of the computer screen requiring the use of the sliding bar to read it.  This is quite annoying.  It isn’t happening on other threads.  Is there anything I can do about this?
Susan Peterson

[30] Posted by eulogos on 3-14-2009 at 10:53 AM · [top]

I am a recent member, and I have started reading the blogs on my BlackBerry. However, the past week or so, the BlackBerry screen shows only the header, all else is blank. It formerly worked fine. I tried clicking on the menu bar item “Mobile” but there were no active links on the page when it opened. What happened over the past two weeks?

[31] Posted by Flem on 3-15-2009 at 11:02 PM · [top]

Question:  (maybe a dumb one) Since the recent “changeover”, my name doesn’t in the list of those present any more.  Have I done something wrong?  Am I really “here”?.  Thank.

[32] Posted by Goughdonna on 3-17-2009 at 01:30 PM · [top]

Where is the Paypal button?

[33] Posted by Dr. Sue from Newark on 3-18-2009 at 11:53 AM · [top]

I’m having the same visual problem as invicta on my iMac as well as the PC running IE7. Titusonenine seems to work normally but who cares ‘Stand Firm in Faith’ is actually important.

[34] Posted by Stefano on 3-19-2009 at 10:36 PM · [top]

Dr. Sue,

Our PayPal buttons are here:

Thank you!

[35] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-20-2009 at 12:04 AM · [top]


That’s a problem we’ve fought for a long time, not helped by the way different browser’s handles different combinations of divs, table cells, and overflows. Very frustrating. It’s caused by extremely long lines - usually length URL’s or an attempt to produce maniacal laughter. It’s on the list to fix.


The Blackberry problem is caused by the device’s spotty (or nonexistent) support of Javascript. I’m looking into a couple of fixes for Blackberry users.

[36] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-20-2009 at 12:07 AM · [top]

...the BlackBerry screen shows only the header, all else is blank. It formerly worked fine.

Flem, I think that Greg has a traditional, old-fashioned view of Holy Scripture, eschewing the latest and greatest interpretations.

However, when it comes to the web and Stand Firm, he wants only the latest innovations. I think he has a severe case of technophilia and I know he’s an iPhone fanatic. Progressive web design leaves BlackBerry users in the dust, unfortunately. We have been marginalized.

The web was meant to be a platform that all devices and operating systems could use. Javascript, Flash, and all sorts of other “enhancements” are really slick, but have destroyed the dream of compatibility.

[37] Posted by Ralph on 3-20-2009 at 05:56 AM · [top]

Ralph, I know your comments are sort of tongue-in-cheek, but lest Flem get the wrong impression, I am not an “iPhone fanatic.” I have one, but I’m hardly a Mac fan-boy about it. I do appreciate that its browser supports Javascript, which, having been introduced almost 15 years ago, is not exactly cutting-edge technology. I find it amazing that RIM hasn’t gotten their JS act together by now.

At any rate, there are some options I have for accommodating Blackberry users, and I can probably do it by detecting the HTTPUserAgent and doing a simple branch to another set of templates that don’t use Javascript. Before I do that, thought, I need to upgrade to the latest version of our blog management software. I’ll probably do that sometime today or this evening, which means we’ll be offline for a few minutes. After that I hope to be able to fix some lingering problems with links in the URL’s, smileys, and some behind-the-scenes anomalies that appeared in the last few weeks.

[38] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-20-2009 at 08:37 AM · [top]

Lest anyone get the wrong impression: tongue-in-cheek. (Sort of.) Note the feeble comparison to current church issues.

Yet, having been “in” on the web from its very beginning, and still preferring to do page coding in a text editor, I lament all of the modern bells and whistles that affect compatibility. Yep, I’m a crotchety, old Episcopalian.

Commenting on the BlackBerry issue (especially when it’s sort of tongue-in-cheek) must not be taken as an attempt by an outsider to diminish the importance of Stand Firm itself, or to minimize the importance of Greg’s ministry - service to others in the name of God - in keeping this thing up, running, and very current. Because of Stand Firm, I suspect that GC 2009 will be a bit more transparent than it might be otherwise.

That being said, we all know that there are different flavors of Javascript, introducing compatibility issues. The simple fact of the matter is that Stand Firm worked very well with the BlackBerry until very recently. Second, every other website that I visit with my BlackBerry also works. Even VOL works on my BlackBerry, not to mention [barf]Inch at a Time[/barf]. (Greg, THAT is scary.) Third, Greg explicitly asked for feedback from BlackBerry users - so sometimes you get what you ask for. And, being a conservative Episcopalian, I can be very direct, rather than politically correct.

So, please forgive me for assuming that snarky comments about the BlackBerry and the folks at RIM would make Greg appear to be an iPhone fanantic. (But, if it quacks like a duck…)

I find it amazing that TEC hasn’t gotten their God act together by now. That’s what’s important - not BlackBerry compatibility.

[39] Posted by Ralph on 3-20-2009 at 10:49 AM · [top]

I’m having the same problem as Elizabeth.  After scrolling to the bottom of the comments, using the “top” button brings me to an error screen.  And I have to close th esite completely to update the comments.

[40] Posted by Fidela on 3-20-2009 at 03:59 PM · [top]

Just for comparison purposes, running a Mac, OS 10.4.11 and Firefox 3.0.7, I don’t have that problem. The “top” button functions for me.

[41] Posted by oscewicee on 3-20-2009 at 04:14 PM · [top]


At work I am using a pc, microsoft stuff, windows explorer and whatever the IT guys have done to it all.  It worked before.  On my home pc it does much better.

I do miss the spontaneity of the conversations.  Thanks for any tips you have up your sleeve.

[42] Posted by Elizabeth on 3-20-2009 at 09:07 PM · [top]

home pc does better, but not consistantly.  At work when I use the top button I get a blank white screen.  At home sometimes I get the generic error-can’t find it-screen

[43] Posted by Elizabeth on 3-20-2009 at 09:15 PM · [top]


OK, I see the problem. I’ll get it fixed tonight or in the morning. Thanks for catching this!

[44] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-20-2009 at 09:16 PM · [top]

Fidela & Elizabeth,

Please refresh your browser (press the F5 key on your keyboard) and let me know if the “top” bug is fixed.

[45] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-20-2009 at 09:42 PM · [top]


The top button works great, at work and home!  and so fast!

But ht F5 refresh button does not work in either place.

[46] Posted by Elizabeth on 3-23-2009 at 10:23 AM · [top]

Suddenly my old mac running OS X 10.2.8 and Safari of that vintage is displaying and rsponding normally again. What happened? Oh, who cares, back to SF as usual!!

[47] Posted by Stefano on 3-24-2009 at 07:17 AM · [top]

Whatever you did to accomodate my BlackBerry seems to work OK. When I go in the main URL, I don’t get the menu bar, only the grey group of comments. But if I go directly in to the blogs, then I can see and read them fine. It is not perfect, but hopefully RIM will eventually get their software up to speed. Thanks for your help.

[48] Posted by Flem on 4-6-2009 at 11:08 PM · [top]

I owe you money!  (That ought to get your attention. smile)

You won’t be getting any Pay Pal money because some one out there nicked my credit card number and I’ve canceled that account. Soooooo, is there a snail mail address where I can mail you a good ol’ fashioned SAFE personal check for the balance for the year?


[49] Posted by Kale on 5-9-2009 at 03:59 PM · [top]

What’s going on with html tags? The little formatting help blurb gives an example of <a >, but that seems to be actively disabled.

I’m viewing StandFirm with 3.0.10 Firefox on a PC that’s running Ubuntu 9.04 Linux.

[50] Posted by Matthew A (formerly mousestalker) on 5-13-2009 at 05:25 PM · [top]


I can only talk to you here, since I do not have PM privileges anymore.

My apologies, but aren’t you the one who PM’d me and told me I was welcome here?

How am I polluting threads, when I am just asking a question?  My apologies if you think the moniker I assigned to Matt was or is meant as an insult.  It surely is not.

So, again, my original post was asking whether the PM privileges I had were taken away for whatever reason, or whether there is a glitch with my program.

Again, since I cannot get in touch with you in any other way than this, I am forced to ask the question here, in the only “Help” forum available.

What am I supposed to do if I cannot PM you? 


[51] Posted by RingOfFire on 5-21-2009 at 05:52 PM · [top]

What am I supposed to do if I cannot PM you? 

Well, one way would be to use the general contact email readily reachable from every page on the site.

Hope that helps.

[52] Posted by David Ould on 5-21-2009 at 06:28 PM · [top]

Really David?

I certainly don’t see that on any page of the site.

Thanks, though.


[53] Posted by RingOfFire on 5-21-2009 at 07:50 PM · [top]

hmmm, well normal internet convention is to use names such as “contact@” or “mail@” for the webmaster. Those can also be tried.

Be warned, though, we get hundreds of emails every day - might take a while to get a response.

[54] Posted by David Ould on 5-21-2009 at 07:54 PM · [top]

Silly off topic question:  Any particular reason the blog “Mead on Manhattan” is on the blogroll page?  It doesn’t seem to have the slightest link to any of the issues that Stand Firm discusses.

[55] Posted by AndrewA on 5-22-2009 at 06:36 AM · [top]

I am trying to change my email (user TomB), but am getting an error message indicating that email is not available.  how do I change my email?

Thanks, Tom B.

[56] Posted by TomB on 7-13-2009 at 05:48 AM · [top]

I signed in earlier and the went to log out. next screen said, “Invalid URI” and will not log me off site. What do I do now?

[57] Posted by bob478 on 7-22-2009 at 06:16 PM · [top]

Dear SF: I am new to posting here and am not quite sure of the proper protocol for this—but there is a letter from the PB “to the church” posted at Virtue that would not doubt stir up some healthy conversation here at SF. I don’t think I have seen it posted here—although perhaps I missed it?

[58] Posted by lift high the Cross on 7-23-2009 at 10:55 AM · [top]

Help!  I want to log out of SFiF but every time I hit the log out tab I get the You are now logged out message for about 3 seconds then I am returned to the home page - still logged in.  I feel trapped!  How do I log out?  Does anyone ever read this page? Who is in charge around here? Help!

[59] Posted by Elliot B on 9-5-2009 at 03:51 PM · [top]

So I’m not the only one that can’t log out.

[60] Posted by AndrewA on 9-5-2009 at 03:54 PM · [top]

[This thread is about how to use the site - please keep your comments on that topic]

[61] Posted by CKuniholm on 9-9-2009 at 08:42 PM · [top]

Well, that’s certainly one way to Use Stand Firm.
Good job.

[62] Posted by Br_er Rabbit on 9-9-2009 at 09:00 PM · [top]

[This thread is about how to use the site - please keep your comments on that topic]

[63] Posted by Romans12 on 9-11-2009 at 08:12 AM · [top]

Why do my posts/comments not appear when I click on “see all posts by this member” on my profile? Thanks

[64] Posted by Fr.Theoden on 10-2-2009 at 11:18 AM · [top]


Posts are main articles, found in the section above the comments. They are made by the staff bloggers and occasionally by guest bloggers.

Comments are found under posts, and are made by commenters. That’s why you don’t see comments when you click “see all posts by this member” - they are different things, and the system doesn’t show all comments by a member.

Part of the confusion stems from the fact that most of us tend to use “comment” and “post” interchangeably.

[65] Posted by Greg Griffith on 10-2-2009 at 11:45 AM · [top]

The Anglican Church of North America is the Holy Spirit of God at work in our part of His world, to His greater honor and glory and for the salvation of souls committed to Anglican Christianity.  Lawsuits and their conclusions, and courts of law and their findings, actually are of no consequence in these finer, greater purposes.  We need not be concerned about failings of TEC or the mechanics of legal activities.  We need only keep our hope and faith focused on and alive in our Lord Jesus Christ, and the great leadership He is providing through Archbishop Duncan and his colleagues.  All will be well.

Stanley F. Nelson
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
Garland/Rowlett, Texas

[66] Posted by Stan Nelson on 10-8-2009 at 09:50 PM · [top]

I can not remember how to give money to standfirm via paypal. I’d like to get cash to Jackie for the Ugandan Bibles, but am stuimped on how to accomplish that feat.

On a related note, would it be possible to have a perma-link for shoving money y’alls way?

[67] Posted by Matthew A (formerly mousestalker) on 10-22-2009 at 04:10 PM · [top]


[68] Posted by sunny on 10-24-2009 at 08:06 PM · [top]


[69] Posted by sunny on 10-24-2009 at 08:06 PM · [top]

[spam deleted, user banned]

[70] Posted by coleman on 11-5-2009 at 01:08 AM · [top]

How about a place where we can see how to do some of the neat edits…  like typing in the word and have a line through it to replace it with another word?  I have only figured out the basics, like bold and underline…

[71] Posted by Soy City Priest on 11-18-2009 at 04:12 PM · [top]

Loose Canon, use square brackets instead of angle brackets for “strike” and “/strike”

[72] Posted by Br_er Rabbit on 11-18-2009 at 04:22 PM · [top]

Greg, trying to understand why my recent comment does not appear on your website/blog. Pls let me know, did my lengthy “comment,” as opposed to “post,” smile make it through cyberspace? If so, why isn’t it posted? Was it edited out by you for content? Trying to understand how this all works.

[73] Posted by Fr. Theoden on 12-15-2009 at 04:26 PM · [top]

How do you make smileys work?  I’ve tried clicking on Smileys and clicking on one but this has not worked for me.  Mine only come out when I hand type them, i.e., wink wink

[74] Posted by The Lakeland Two on 1-6-2010 at 09:10 AM · [top]

Can someone take a look at the comment notification feature? It has been working spottily, if at all, for almost the past week, and the same over at T19.

Or is Greg still up in a hunting blind snowed in somewhere?

[75] Posted by Br_er Rabbit on 1-11-2010 at 10:43 AM · [top]

Dear Madam or Sir:  I have looked in vain for an email address to send my question to the site administrator.  I now ask it of you in this forum:

How does one remove one or more of the blogs on the summary page?  Several of them seem to be updated only once in a blue moon, and I hate having them take up space that I could use to add more current blogs. 

Respectfully, Kelso

[76] Posted by 1928BCPforMe on 3-5-2010 at 08:18 PM · [top]

Re. #21
And that reminds me of Sarah Hey’s comments regarding off-topic posts and the idolatry of posting to any other blogsite other than SFIF”.  ; > )

[77] Posted by Conego on 3-17-2010 at 10:54 PM · [top]

#77 and #78,

I don’t know what you two are talking about, but I’d rather you didn’t clutter up this thread.

[78] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-17-2010 at 11:20 PM · [top]

Sorry, Greg—I was tweaking Sarah Hey’s earlier comment (21).  I’ll put myself in time out

[79] Posted by Conego on 3-17-2010 at 11:25 PM · [top]

How can you change your e-mail address if you can’t remember your password?
I am not getting my e-mails from stand firm because ATT does not send E-mail to its old @worldnet.att addresses any more.
I want to change my email address to instead so that I will get replies from stand firm but cannot do it because I can’t remember my pass word.

[80] Posted by Betty See on 3-27-2010 at 04:11 PM · [top]

Am I the only one who isn’t getting Features listed under the right hand column, but listed after the articles of “This Week”?  It’s only been in the last day.

[81] Posted by The Lakeland Two on 5-29-2010 at 12:15 PM · [top]

And the background for both This Week and Features is all blue, making the articles hard to see.

[82] Posted by The Lakeland Two on 5-29-2010 at 12:16 PM · [top]


Our search feature looks for matches only in titles, entries, and comments; not the little tag at the end of the each comment with the person’s name. So unless your name appears in a title, entry, or comment, the search feature won’t show any results.

Regarding your other search - make sure you have selected “Search for all words” or “Search for any words.” The Search feature defaults to “Exact phrase match” which admittedly is not what works best for most people, but other options are easily chosen.

Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for reading and recommending our site!

[83] Posted by Greg Griffith on 6-30-2010 at 09:05 AM · [top]

If I send a message and don’t use someone’s exact user name, will I get something telling me it didn’t go through?

I just sent a link to “Greg, Matt, Sarah”  that you might want to use, as sort of fresh hell kind of thing.  I know you also might not want to use it, which I understand.  And that you may have already seen it and decided not to use it.

But I would just like to know if a message addressed this way gets through, or if I need to put each name in separately, first and last. 

Susan Peterson

[84] Posted by eulogos on 7-22-2010 at 06:56 PM · [top]

Looks like we’ve got another SPAMMER.

[85] Posted by cennydd13 on 9-4-2010 at 02:49 PM · [top]

cennydd13 (86)—You mean it doesn’t refer to “Godly Hair Design”? I was so sure it was a new exegesis of 1 Corinthians 11:15!

[86] Posted by Conego on 9-8-2010 at 01:27 PM · [top]

I am no longer able to access Stand Firm from my work computer. When I click on any link to Stand Firm at work,  I am forwarded on to Yahoo.
For a long time I haven’t been able to log in to comment from there, but I think that is something which was done from SSA’s side.  But I think perhaps being unable to view it at all is something which comes from your side.  I think you did something to block certain kinds of servers as a way of reducing spam?
The SSA server through which my work internet connection goes reads that it is in Ellicott City, Maryland.  (Which is actually a part of Baltmore).  Is it possible that because smaller servers all over the country route through that one,  it met the criteria for blocking the anonymous spam forwarding servers?  Is there anything which can be done about this?

Susan Peterson

[87] Posted by eulogos on 10-13-2010 at 09:18 PM · [top]

Glad I found this.

I can’t access my private messages. But I can still post.

What is wrong?

[88] Posted by MichaelA on 10-14-2010 at 12:10 AM · [top]

MichaelA - it seems people are tending to go over to T19 to do the private message thing.  Try that.

[89] Posted by Wilf on 10-14-2010 at 04:18 AM · [top]

I post here infrequently but would like to post more often. The search feature does not work for me when I look for a past post under ‘name’ or ‘date’. How do I find my old posts?

[90] Posted by ZachD on 10-21-2010 at 02:24 PM · [top]


Hi, I remember your posts from Virtue Online years ago, and a few from Stand Firm also. I think your posts would enrich Stand Firm (not that it isn’t pretty good already!).

The problem is, those features you mention don’t work for me either. I can’t access my Personal Messages at all, nor can I PM other members. I have sent numerous messages here and on T19 trying to get someone to look at it, but never get a reply.

[91] Posted by MichaelA on 10-24-2010 at 05:03 PM · [top]

Thanks for your kind thoughts, MichaelA. Some of my energies these days go to my own blog, - it has a deliberate focus of educating laity on general interest and educational Anglican/Episcopal stories. A guy gets tired of talking about sex all the time - maybe some get tired of hearing about it, too.

I have been truly amazed at how little people actually know about the antics of our once great Communion.

[92] Posted by ZachD on 10-26-2010 at 08:08 PM · [top]

I am unable to access my previous comments.  What do I need to do?


[93] Posted by centexn on 11-18-2010 at 06:56 AM · [top]

When I go to the page:

I get a request to install a missing plug-in, but Mac Firefox can’t find a “suitable” plug-in to install. What do I need to get?

[94] Posted by Ralph on 12-28-2010 at 06:14 PM · [top]

Ralph #94 - I don’t have the plugin either, but I never install a plugin just for a single thing.  You can see the first movement of the first Bach Christmas cantata (bundled together they’re known as the Christmas Oratorio) here: - this is with John Elliot Gardiner, very likely a much better performance than the one Sarah posted - BBC tends to post good stuff, but Gardiner is top-rate for this type of repertoire.  If you like it, you’ll find the other movements linked to the right.  In general, it’s not wise to install any and all plug-ins; they can slow down the performance of your computer.  I only install those I need.

[95] Posted by Wilf on 12-28-2010 at 08:03 PM · [top]

Any chance that we could not only add our own links, but rearrange the order of the links already here?  Some are of no interest to me, while I find others, way down the page, “must see” blogs.

[96] Posted by AnglicanXn on 1-31-2011 at 05:13 PM · [top]


We don’t have a way to rearrange the links on that page, but you could just add what you want to see to your custom links. You wouldn’t get the headlines from that site, but at least a link to the main site it would be up top where it’s easy to get to.

[97] Posted by Greg Griffith on 2-3-2011 at 01:46 PM · [top]

Dear Webmaster,

Since the recent upgrade at Standfirm I find that all the video pieces automatically turn on whenever I enter the homepage.  This results in a cacophony of distracting sound.  I can go back and turn off each one individually.  However the latest additions frequently “sneak up” on me (since they have taken longer to load) and start to deliver their message out loud, some time after I thought all was clear and I was happily browsing the articles. 
I do have the Click to Flash enabled on my computer - so Flash videos only start up if, and when, I choose.  Any suggestions for me and my mac?

Thanks very much

[98] Posted by scotsgal on 4-9-2011 at 11:56 AM · [top]

Is there any way you could enable one to go from one to the next or previous post rather than having to go back to Home every time?  Or maybe I’m missing that part of the page.
Thank you.
pilgrim kate

[99] Posted by pilgrim kate on 6-3-2011 at 04:54 PM · [top]

Is anyone else having problems with StandFirm going away suddenly and having “read” in the area indicating where the browser is trying to go to? It’s driving me nuts!

[100] Posted by Marie Blocher on 1-26-2012 at 04:59 AM · [top]

To reply to my own message:
I installed an add-on to Firefox called NoScript and it seems to have eliminated the problem.

[101] Posted by Marie Blocher on 2-18-2012 at 08:55 PM · [top]


Love your new SF look and information.

There used to be a print button, with or without comments could be selected, and I can’t seem to find it on the new site.

Would you please tell me how to print as I don’t always have time to sit at the computer to read.



[102] Posted by r3ussell on 3-20-2012 at 01:59 PM · [top]

The font of your articles comes up as grey-ish.  Can you make the font darker please?  It’s hard for these old eyes to read.

[103] Posted by Bill2 on 3-20-2012 at 05:36 PM · [top]

I don’t feel comfortable commenting anymore, because my real name is used instead of my user name. Am I overlooking something?

[104] Posted by Lewis on 3-30-2012 at 05:08 PM · [top]

Lewis - are you perhaps seeing your Facebook photo and name? Only “Lewis” is showing underneath your comment.

We have two comment systems now - Facebook, and the usual Stand Firm internal system. They’re available under separate tabs, just click the one you want to comment with.

[105] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-30-2012 at 05:14 PM · [top]

Greg, Stand Firm is trying to run scripts on my page. I have great difficulty in keeping any page open for very long.

[106] Posted by MichaelA on 3-31-2012 at 11:43 PM · [top]

We run several scripts, but they’re harmless - jQuery, Google Analytics, Amazon book widget. PM me your operating system, browser, and browser version and I’ll see what I can do.

[107] Posted by Greg Griffith on 4-1-2012 at 12:17 AM · [top]

1.  If we see something important/useful/worth seeing that hasn’t (yet) shown up here, how do we pass it on to The Team that produces Posts?

2.  With the new set-up, I don’t see the list of people who are logged on.  Is it supposed to be visible or accessible?  As they ask in Baltimore,  “where’s it at?”

3.  Thanks for all the work you do.  How do you fit it in w/ other parts of life?  ;=)

[108] Posted by maineiac on 8-13-2012 at 09:09 PM · [top]

In the Article “Gillis Harp Revisits ‘The Three Streams’” Matt’s link to the Original Article by Harp is not working!  -John+

[109] Posted by john_roddam on 12-29-2012 at 01:46 PM · [top]

Hi Chuck—is this the section you followed on changing your email address?

Blog administrators do not have passwords of members, so there is not much we can do on our end.

One thing to note.  If you’re able to access your account that means you have already logged in and your password is already accepted.  So you should not have to use your password again to change your email address.

[110] Posted by Sarah on 7-26-2013 at 08:20 AM · [top]

My apologies, Chuck.  I see that you *do* have to resubmit your password to change your email address.  I’ve checked your profile and your email address is still the old one.

It’s a little puzzling that you’re able to log in using your current password, but in order to change your email address it’s not accepting your current password.

[111] Posted by Sarah on 7-26-2013 at 08:22 AM · [top]

Do you still have access to the old email account?

If so, log out of SF and close the browser window.  Go back to log in screen and select forgot my password.

Use the new password that will be sent to you to log back in and change your email address.  Then change your password.

Let me know if it works or if you don’t have access to the old email, please.

[112] Posted by Jackie on 7-26-2013 at 09:32 AM · [top]

I received your e-mail with my computer-generated password for an I forgot my password stab at getting in about a week ago.  When I entered it it did not log me in.  I gave up after trying it again the next day.  I have since then been corresponding with your computer,  trying to re-register.  Latest letter about an hour ago.  Then I tried the computer code password and it worked!  So now I have changed my password back to the original password and lo! I was logged in.  Please ignore my attempt to re-register.  Please DO NOT, if possible, inactivate my current and original registration.  Heaven knows what happened.  Your system told me the first time that it went thru just fine. But I was never able to log-in even after I got the FwjapVHM password from your computer, until now.  If possible, please thank the person who worked behind the scenes for helping me and making it work.

[113] Posted by bonzerdad on 6-24-2014 at 09:53 PM · [top]

The Private Messages area does not seem to store messages I’ve sent in the Sent folder.  The Inbox shows that there is a message (with a “1”) but the Sent box has “0”.

Oh, never mind.  I just saw the unchecked checkbox that says, “Store a copy in the Sent messages folder.”  As a suggestion, it might be better to have that checked by default.

[114] Posted by watt on 7-4-2015 at 08:28 PM · [top]

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