July 23, 2014

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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.

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.

The Week

South Carolina Trial: Day 12 - Judge Refuses to Be Distracted

4 Here is the account of Day 12’s proceedings from the Dioccesan Press Office: DAY 12: DIOCESE OF SC v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH TEC USES BISHOP vonROSENBERG TO AGAIN CLAIM…

Your Tax Dollars Bring the Hurt

We all know that tax money is used to fund lots of stupid stuff. Research grants to look into the sexual behavior of cocaine-addicted Japanese quail, National Science Foundation funds going to…

South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

9 Day 11 of the trial in South Carolina was for the most part occupied with ECUSA’s repeated attempts to insist upon irrelevancies, rather than meet the case against it on the merits. Here is the…

Man No One Listens To Keeps Talking

Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of some inconsequential religious organization in Geneva, weighs in again on the conflict in the Gaza Strip: The World Council of Churches is deeply saddened and…

Your tax dollars AND church offerings at work in TEC

3 Four years ago, SF blogger Allan Haley dug into The Episcopal Church [TEC] denominational budget on his Anglican Curmudgeon blog.  It wasn’t pretty.  He teased out the out-of-budget millions devoted to lawsuit perpetuation. …

Trial in South Carolina: Day 10 - ECUSA’s Witness again Barred from Rendering Undisclosed Opinions

18 Why are ECUSA and its attorneys so incapable of following the rules? Could it be that the lawlessness of 815, as aided and abetted by its attorneys, has now infected ECUSA’s ability to present a…

Time for Christians to Get Out of Federal Contracting

8 This morning, President Obama declared that he couldn’t give a rip about the services that various religious organizations from Catholic Charities to World Vision provide to the people of the United States through their contracts…

Islam in the News:  Threatening Christians and Cutting off Hands

12 Two articles in the news caught my eye this morning.  Waiting on the outcry from the libs.  Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after…

Dr. Al Mohler on Church of England Decision to Ordain Women Bishops

12 Dr. Al Mohler has, once again, hit the nail on the head in his recent article on the approval of women bishops in the Church of England. This is the kind…

“Women Priests in their Sights”? - or “liberals in Australia running scared”

5 A fascinating article by Muriel Porter in various papers yesterday in response to the recent General Synods in both Australia and the Church of England (where they voted to allow women bishops): …

Trial in South Carolina: Day 9 - a Day of Contradictions

4 Today’s trial session was a short one that adjourned for the weekend at 12:45 pm. Once again the accounts from the opposing sides vary widely, and it will require some editorial comment to bridge the…

Fireworks in the South Carolina Trial: Day 8

11 From the ever-informative Press Office of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina—it appears as though the defendants may have pushed Judge Goodstein’s patience too far: DAY EIGHT: DIOCESE OF SC v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH –…

Abortion Now, Abortion Tomorrow, Abortion Forever

3 In the United States Senate this week, Democrats declared open season on pregnant women. A hearing was held on Senate bill 1696, which has the Orwellian title, “Women’s Health Protection Act.” Introduced in November by…

Getting to Know:  Bishop Julian Dobbs

6 ACNA continues to grow and offer shelter to Anglicans in America so I thought it would be a good thing to find out more about its bishops.  We hear the names but don’t…

How to Divide a Congregation

7 Most people bent on stirring up strife depend on the power of slander; on the willingness of people to believe the worst about others without getting the full story. This was Absalom’s method: “And Absalom…

Recent Comments

Jagged Edge - South Carolina Trial: Day 12 - Judge Refuses to Be Distracted

“Polity” is a pretty common term in church parlance, but I would say it is more popular with Methodists, who are far more careful about putting their rules in writing (The Book of Discipline) than…

Nikolaus - South Carolina Trial: Day 12 - Judge Refuses to Be Distracted

Does anyone other than an Anglican use the word “polity?”  Is that in the BCP somewhere?  Perhaps there is a Collect for Polity of which I’m not aware.

David Hein - South Carolina Trial: Day 12 - Judge Refuses to Be Distracted

Thanks, A. S. Haley. Your summaries and comments are clear and helpful.

hanks - South Carolina Trial: Day 12 - Judge Refuses to Be Distracted

Interesting that Rev Tom Rickenbacker was caught in giving false testimony.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the Schori web and their desperate efforts to make a case when there is none.

hanks - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

Jagged Edge (6), you got it right on Charlie von Rosenberg.  Not only a lackey of Schori, but arrogant enough to not bother learning and knowing what’s in the TEC canons. The client (the people…

Ralph - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

I didn’t think it could get any better than it has been for the past few days. I was wrong. Yet another witness not vetted and prepared by the TEC-EXCUSA-ECSC-WHATEVER legal “team.” And, a senior…

tjmcmahon - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

I think the diocese’s legal team has done an excellent job of keeping the trial focused on whether the corporate entity “The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina” was within its rights to leave the unincorporated…

Jagged Edge - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

“Bishop” von Rosenberg was nailed today on cross examination over his violation of the canon prohibiting any member of TEC asking a secular court to interpret church law, a canon which he claimed he was…

James Manley - Your tax dollars AND church offerings at work in TEC

Well, my tax dollars.

Jackie - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

Have the departing diocese put on evidence that ECUSA uses the pick and choose method of enforcing “laws” of GC?  Canons?  If not - why?  Evidence will clearly show the persecution is directed at one…

jamesw - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

Agree with pendennis88. TEC’s tactics have been successful in other jurisdictions.  I think TEC’s success in these other places is a travesty of justice and strikes me as being wildly unconstitutional, but so be it.

pendennis88 - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

Well, you can’t blame them when using similar arguments they managed to convince judges in some other states to say that neutral principles of law means that the state must defer to whatever the presiding…

Sarah - Trial in South Carolina: Day 10 - ECUSA's Witness again Barred from Rendering Undisclosed Opinions

Edgar is well-known in SC and opines about various matters using history as the rhetorical lever—a bit like a trapeze artist in the circus musing about flight, birds, airline regulations, government over-reach, the shot-down Malaysian…

A. S. Haley - Trial in South Carolina: Day 10 - ECUSA's Witness again Barred from Rendering Undisclosed Opinions

(#13), most of Prof. Edgar’s testimony about the historical material was admissible under the “ancient documents” exception to the hearsay rule. He did not recite their contents in order to buttress his opinion testimony, as…

Undergroundpewster - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

Nothing to rebut, so it may be time for TECinSC to butt out.

Doug Stein - South Carolina Trial Day 11: a Waste of Time

Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat. Thus passes TEC (and their prosecution of this case).