Grafton Appointment Exposes Massive Differences in the Anglican Church in Australia
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.
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.
Sex and Jihad – the Failure of Modern Hermeneutics
In the case of the Bible and sex it ignores both what Jesus has to say and what explanatory resolution He brings to the deep question of the relationship between Old and New Testament. In the case of the Qu’ran there is not even the slightest evidence of an attempt to grapple with the Medina/Mecca question nor to explain the “sword verses”. Instead all we get is the recurrent mantra of “Islam is a religion of peace” despite the quite obvious Qu’ranic and historical evidence to the contrary.
Shiny Red Balls & Red Herrings in Upper South Carolina: Three Notes on Bishop Waldo’s Clergy Email
1) The letter from the rector of Christ Church, Greenville was not “about the Task Force” at all. It was, rather, about the bishop’s decision—and his decision alone, as he is the ecclesial authority of this diocese—to approve of the use of the same sex blessings liturgies in this diocese. No other entity has the authority to approve of such rites. It is Bishop Waldo’s decision and his alone. His apparent desire to drag the ironically-named Bishop’s Task Force on Unity into his email to the clergy is . . . interesting.
Waldo To Approve Same Sex Blessings: Truth & Consequences in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
With his actions in approving rites for same sex blessings, Bishop Waldo now brings to the doorstep of the diocese actions that had, over the past ten years, been more abstractly based at the national level of The Episcopal Church. The meltdown in the church as a whole has been simply epic since the decisions of the 2003 General Convention.
PB sermon turns silk purse into sow’s ear
I think that last Sunday’s lesson from Acts is one of the Bible’s best for preaching the liberating power of Christ. It is a passage that even progressives should find inspiring on several levels. Unless you are the Presiding Bishop, who sees the complete opposite. Instead of liberation, there is confinement. Instead of Christ’s glory, there’s just squalor.
Don’t Sign the Letter
Living in a condition of regular unrepentant sexual engagement with a person of the same sex is, according to 1 Cor 6:9-10, damnable. The best thing, the only thing, to be done is to repent, break off the relationship, and turn to Jesus Christ. For the sake of those engaged in this sin (and those who are tempted by it) there can be no pastoral or practical accommodation.
A Facebook Exchange with a COE Bishop
It’s sometimes unpleasant to have one’s rhetorical inconsistencies mocked and it’s sometimes unpleasant to have someone else in one’s organization point out that there’s no commonality on one’s faith.
How to Never Say Anything True About Jesus to Anyone Ever
The apostles did not wait, nor do they ever suggest waiting, until hearers might “receive the gospel as good news” before proclaiming it. The cross offends. It always will because it amplifies the sinfulness of human sin and the helplessness of humanity apart from the work of Christ.
Beware the Next Reichstag Fire
The American left probes for a Reichstag fire moment. There is a quest for an incident that will allow more centralization of emergency power in the federal government, the elimination of constitutional rights and, it would appear, the advent of a single party state.
Eichmann to Gosnell, Ragsdale on the Assist
I don’t think I’m violating any confidences to say that most of us at Stand Firm are finding it very hard to cover the Gosnell trial, as relevant and pointed as it is for the kinds of faith and culture issues we engage here. Monstrous as he is, he is but a microcosm of evil pervading the church and the world.
Once More into the Breach: The Silly Shellfish Argument Rises Again
If you’re a revisionist activist devoted to normalizing homosexual behavior in the church, Acts 10 isn’t a moving account of the gracious and merciful hand of God extending salvation to the Gentiles – it’s a threat that must be neutralized.
Burning Incense to Rosie O’Donnell
“Marriage equality” lets people stand on a cost-free moral high ground. You’re a good person just for holding the opinion, saying the slogan, burning the pinch of incense. You are an accepted member of the in group and can look down your nose at those on the outs.
Sexual Immorality is a Rejection of Jesus
What I want to do here is look at the specific way in which the New Testament equates false teaching about sexual ethics with false teaching about Jesus and outright denial of his Lordship.
The Duke, the Dauphin, and the Episcopal Bishop of Virginia
It’s such a crude and farcical fraud by now—like the Duke and the Dauphin capering across the stage in Huckleberry Finn—and yet our bishops still put on the play with nary a trace of embarrassment or self-awareness.
What if you can’t undo your poisonous past?
1 A fascinating article at Powerline, ostensibly about the recent school campus shooting in Colorado, opens up some big moral and ultimately theological questions. The article tracks the shooter’s fascination with…
Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
5 Charles, Prince of Wales, addressed an “Advent reception” for Christian leaders from the Middle East this week. Previously, Charles raised eyebrows by expressing a desire to replace the title “Defender of the Faith” with a…
MORE science, reason, space aliens, etc.
1 As I pointed out in an earlier post, the statements “Americans are more secular” and “Americans are less religious” are flawed. I’ll grant you that Christianity is on the decline in America, both as a…
The Cloud of Unsaid stuff
4 One of our readers shared this fascinating blog effort. There’s theology, TEC controversy and lots of bloggy goodness in it, so go and have a look. Here, I want to…
Science, reason, space aliens and Laodiceans
5 Rod Dreher shares and analyzes a map of religious participation by U.S. counties. Not a lot of new info. The Coasts…
Night Thoughts Away from Home during Christmas Season
8 Nightfall finds me in a strange town, where I’ve never stayed before, in need of lodging as I travel. It is the Episcopal Church (USA) litigation (a term which should be an oxymoron, but which…
Supermodel and the big O
7 O as in President Obama. Israeli supermodel Bar-Refaeli celebrated one million Twitter followers with this: Having reached 1M followers beats the feeling I had when I was at the Obama inauguration in DC.…
Slope Gets Slipperier
25 While likely headed for appeal, a federal judge has declared the ban on polygamy illegal citing the changes in the law as it relates to same sex…
Parents Say, “No More!”
7 The parents of a Michigan school district have revolted against their public schools, and done what parents all across the country should have done long ago. According to Fox News: A teacher’s…
Tidings of Discomfort and Joy
6 World Magazine has written one of the most comprehensive articles on the Anglican split in America that I have found. It is well worth the…
Federal Judge: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down
2 A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the…
Obamacare Continues to Unveil New Surprises
37 Don’t get sick in sunny California. Approximately 7 out of every 10 doctors in California have said they will not participate in California’s Obamacare health insurance exchange, according…
Hear the RINOS Squeal
23 Man - what a pain when people expect you to live up to your promises!House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal. “They’re using…
World’s Wackiest Signs
4 Having a hard time deciding if my favorite road sign is the Changed Priorities or Speedo check.
Satanist Propose Monument to Stand Next to Ten Commandments Monument
5 A satanic group in Oklahoma is proposing they be allowed to install their own monument next to one of the Ten Commandments. Satan worshipers are seeking to build their…
SC blu cat lady - What if you can't undo your poisonous past?
Very interesting article! I agree with Tim+, the author, William Powell, has done the only thing whereby his future can and did change. While he can not *unpublish* the book, he has changed his own…
SC blu cat lady - Science, reason, space aliens and Laodiceans
The most interesting part of the article are the interactive maps. Most counties in SC hover around 50-60% (including my county). I do agree with one of the commenters at the article who mentioned that…
SC blu cat lady - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
sigh… whose faith was formed by….. Sorry forgot the most important word in the sentence. Anyway, I do hope GAFCON and FCA will step forward and become a true communion of Anglican churches. Perhaps…
SC blu cat lady - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
Agreed Pewster, At least Prince Charles admitted that persecution of Christians is going on in the Middle East. The President of the USA consistently sides with Muslims and has not even noticed nor said one…
Undergroundpewster - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
Correct me if I am wrong, but this is more than the President of our U.S. has ever said on the subject.
J Eppinga - MORE science, reason, space aliens, etc.
Enabling cretins. They deserve him.
Jeremy Bonner - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
The statement quoted by Timothy+ is remarkable for its unequivocal nature and Prince Charles should be commended for it. I would question how many of the monarchs since Victoria have taken a more than nominal…
jedinovice - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
>Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith? Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh my. <holds aching sides.> If Queen Elizabeth was not willing to defend the faith in term of the Abortion Act 1967 and the Same Sex…
Jim the Puritan - Slope Gets Slipperier
Further comment on my post #21. Looks like James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal has written an article agreeing with my comment: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304403804579262291294720488?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion Excerpt: “Well, why should men? Except perhaps in very conservative communities,…
carl+ - Science, reason, space aliens and Laodiceans
Tim, Good analysis - thanks, Carl+
Undergroundpewster - Science, reason, space aliens and Laodiceans
Huddle up! I suspect the surviving Christian enclaves of the future will be the ones that burn hot with the fire of the Gospel message. It is the only flame that can endure the coming…
Michael+ - The Cloud of Unsaid stuff
“Tim is nicer than Michael,” Q.E.D. (‘tis me who submitted, I admit it.)
Undergroundpewster - The Cloud of Unsaid stuff
Look for some future seminarian to present a PhD dissertation on “The Word Cloud of Unknowing” showing that the PB is tapping into parts of the cloud which computer programs and the unenlightened are unable…
Daniel - Science, reason, space aliens and Laodiceans
Don’t forget the intensified pain that will be inflicted on faithful, orthodox Christians for trying to practice their faith in the public square. Such pain will be inflicted by the government, ably abetted by the…
Timothy Fountain - The Cloud of Unsaid stuff
Michael+ - I’m glad you tried that, and even happier with your result! The people who hear you are blessed with the Good News. The reason I didn’t go off more on the PB stuff…
Michael+ - The Cloud of Unsaid stuff
Tim, you are nicer than I am. While the author was obvious sincere and irenic, what he communicates about the PB’s sermons is damning. Seriously? No better than an atheist? Hypocrisy check: I “word clouded”…