March 27, 2015

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The Drunken Joy Ride of Emotion

Our desires and emotions are to be treated with extreme skepticism. Do not lead with them. I am not at all saying “don’t feel them” or “all emotional experience is bad.” Not at all. This is not Vulcan Christianity or stoicism.

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


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?

The Week

Taxidermy or Truth?

10 City Church, the largest (now former) evangelical congregation in San Francisco, will no longer require members who experience same sex attraction to commit to celibacy. The explanatory letter written…

Anglican Future Conference - Interview with Ashley Null

1 This afternoon I sat down with Ashley Null, who is giving the keynote addresses here at the Anglican Future Conference. Ashley and I talked about his current research and Cranmer’s theology as understood in the…

Anglican Future Conference - Interview with Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya

This morning I sat down with Archbishop Elidu Wabukala; Primate of Kenya and Chair of the GAFCON Primates’ Council. We talked about his role, his Christian upbringing, the GAFCON movement and issues around the Anglican…

Strait Jacket Required

7 Behold the future leaders of Western civilization, British chapter. The following tweets are from something called the National Union of Students Women’s Campaign. They are from some kind…

[Oz & NZ] Anglican Future Conference Begins

2 This year’s Anglican Future Conference for Australia and New Zealand has begun in Melbourne as a joint venture between the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) Australia.…

Tyranny in Vestments

20 The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes, and ships, and sealing -wax; of cabbages, and kings. Yes, indeed—“of cabbages and kings.” The thing you need to know…

Smoking while pregnant and 2 + 2 = whatever

5 It is all over the news and the internet.  Ultrasound scans reveal babies in the womb reacting negatively to their mothers smoking cigarettes. The madness…

Meet the PCUSA’s Spong (UPDATED)

26 Today is apparently PCUSA Undermining Christianity Day. First comes the news about the official repudiation of Scripture and 2000 years of Christian history on sexuality. Then I came across this item from the Patheos blog…

PCUSA Repudiation of Christian Marriage Official

31 The Presbyterian Church (USA) has made it official: it has embraced the Zeitgeist, and told God it’s time He got with the program: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition…

[CofE] A Southwark “Apology” - Why Much More is Needed from Goddard and the Bishop

9 The Bishop of Southwark has issued the following statement ‘The Bishop of Kingston has, at my request, now met with the Vicar of St John, Waterloo to discuss the Inclusive Mosque event which…

[CofE] A Great Big Hole in the Reconciliation Boat

26 Well this is going to upset a few people. Last Sunday’s sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral in London is not what you might call “conciliatory”. Nothing like it, in fact. The…

[CofE] The Southwark Crisis Deepens

6 It’s fair to say that up until now the main voices speaking up in Southwark about the Muslim Prayer Service held at St John’s Waterloo under the invitation of Canon Giles Goddard have been evangelicals…

Southwark Responds as Story Hits the Mainstream Media

11 The Southwark Muslim Prayer Story has begun to hit the mainstream media in a big way. A quick google search shows an increasing number of papers and other online news services picking it…

When Athletic Directors Do Theology

12 The AD in question is Pam Roeker, who is employed by Emmanuel College, a Roman Catholic school in Boston. Emmanuel has competed in a variety of inter-collegiate sports with Gordon College, an evangelical school in…

Obama and “Affordable Plumbing”: a Parable

7 Only weeks after leaving office on Jan. 20, 2017, former President Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Troy the Plumber to come out and fix it. Troy drives to Obama’s…

Recent Comments

tired - Taxidermy or Truth?

Funny thing, but it seems that guys like this never get around to applying their eisegesis to their teachings about stewardship.  I mean, we certainly don’t want to condemn our fellow brothers and sisters to…

B. Hunter - Taxidermy or Truth?

Love the sinner.  Hate the sin.  Seems pretty straightforward (pun intended) to me.

Undergroundpewster - Taxidermy or Truth?

Pastor Harrell is definitely trying to use biblically sounding words to prove a point, but I think the primary confabulation he is making is in mixing up grace (divine) with gracious behavior (human). This might…

BlueOntario - Taxidermy or Truth?

“Personal happiness is not a guide to biblical interpretation.” Thanks, RW, for that link.

Jill Woodliff - Taxidermy or Truth?

Our congregation loves the One Year Bible.  By spelling out the daily readings and arranging them in a book form, all you have to do is pick up the Bible and turn to the bookmark. …

Matt Kennedy - Taxidermy or Truth?

That is an excellent point Kay. I think the key to our lack of discernment is our lack of biblical knowledge. We are not familiar enough with the truth to spot a counterfeit

Kay - Taxidermy or Truth?

I wonder how much average evangelical, orthodox Christians are led astray because their biblical knowledge is simply inadequate to the task of evaluating errors such as this. How many Christians read the whole Bible regularly…

Reformed Wanderer - Taxidermy or Truth?

We’ll try that link again to the Aquila Report…

Reformed Wanderer - Taxidermy or Truth?

Just for reference, I found <a href=“”> also to be an excellent response to the actions of City Church.

Reformed Wanderer - Taxidermy or Truth?

Interesting, but not in a good way.  They would have lost me at the word “err” - it’s almost as if they are admitting through a Freudian slip that they are choosing to do wrong.…

MichaelA - [CofE] A Great Big Hole in the Reconciliation Boat

Give that man a government grant!

The Little Myrmidon - Strait Jacket Required

I forgot the link for jazz hands.

Katherine - Tyranny in Vestments

That’s an interesting idea, BiilB, dividing spousal benefits, whether federal, state, or private, equally among the number of recognized spouses.  That would solve some problems.

The Little Myrmidon - Strait Jacket Required

‘Pewster, I knew “jazz hands” from its use over at the Cheezeburger site, ( ) but I looked up “whooping” and I can’t find any definition that makes sense in the context of that…

Pb - Tyranny in Vestments

I wonder what would be the result if all marital benefits were abolished. All would be treated equally. All would be required to have a civil marriage as defined by a state. I am afraid…

Br. Michael - Tyranny in Vestments

Well, as there are no states that recognize multiple spouses, we are in uncharted waters.  However if you allow multiple spouses, why wouldn’t the 14th Amendment require each spouse to receive the same share as…