October 9, 2015


On Valorizing Gay Marriage: A Response to Wesley Hill

A better approach is for us to caution as brothers and sisters in the Lord: We appreciate your faithfulness to Christ in abstaining from sexual immorality and your service of the church through your writings. Yet we are concerned that elements of an un-renewed, fleshly mentality permeate some of your thinking about “gay coupling.”

The Episcopal Church: Undermining the USA from Within (and Betraying Christians)

The Episcopal Church is complicit in a Government program to bring in Muslim refugees from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, because the Government pays it for them—but its largesse does not extend to Christian refugees.

[Bumped] Promises, Promises: What Now for the Loyal Opposition in Mississippi?

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is on an irreversible path toward full-on celebration and normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism, and any other deviant sexual cause that becomes fashionable among the theological leftists who run the diocese.

Can Rolling Stone get us past the UVA rape of faith to the historical UVA rape?

I harp on Rolling Stone’s UVA rape myth because the irony of an Easter retraction is just too rich.  Journalists used the Christian celebration, one they flippantly discount as myth, as cover for their own lying.  But it’s just one example.

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.

The Week

Rain, Rain - Go Away

4 My beloved South Carolina has seen a fair bit of rain in the past week.  Residing in Louisiana has helped temper my anxiety about my loved ones in the Low Country

Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

8 Truth.  Funny thing about truth.  It stands alone.  It needs no one to wake up in the morning and affirm it.  Belief or unbelief in truth is not necessary for it to still be…

Bishop in Sweden Proposes Church Remove all Christian Symbols to Create Space for Muslims

13 Did you even blink at the headline?  Remember the good old days when we would have naively thought it was an article from The…

Facebook CEO Conspires with German Chancellor to Censor Criticism of Refugee Crisis

This is likely old news to most of our readers as the MSM is all over it.  Not. During a Saturday luncheon on the sidelines of a United Nations…

Settled Science Group Under Investigation

3 If you saw the call from the “settled science” group to jail so-called “climate skeptics”, you may be interested to follow the

Forget the Zeroes, Remember the Heroes

3 The Daily Beast is not exactly my go to spot for news but they ran a

Religious Left Supports Moloch (What a Surprise!)

3 The Usual Suspects on the religious left have come out to endorse the Church of Moloch, and demand that the federal government continue its funding of the religious establishment known as Planned Parenthood. The statement…

Is Obama Warning Christians GLBT “Rights” Outweigh Religious Freedom

12 “We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” he insisted during a dramatic speech at a LGTB fundraiser in New York City on Sunday night, praising the progress…

Book Review: raised forever: Jesus’ Resurrection and ours by Rory Shiner

Some things are crystal-clear, but until you actually see them for what they are you would never know. Take for example, something blatantly obvious like the fact that…

Blatant Bias on Display in ECUSA’s South Carolina Case

40 Before the oral arguments yesterday in The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina v. Episcopal Church in the Supreme Court of South Carolina, your Curmudgeon had heard mention of the…

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

10 If you have followed the overly gushing press today, you know that the newest version of Pope has issued his decrees in DC.  Illegal immigation is good.  You must do…

On the Oral Arguments Yesterday in South Carolina

4 Your Curmudgeon watched the arguments in the case of Bishop Lawrence and his diocese and parishes against the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church in South Carolina yesterday, and reviewed the tape carefully…

Hashtag Shout Your Abortion

3 In an effort to side track the defund Planned Parenthood movement, some misguided women are attempting to “normalize” abortion by shouting their positive experiences.  You can read all about it here where you can connect…

A Living Text: PEARUSA to Integrate Fully Into the ACNA

9 A Living Text is reporting that PEARUSA will end their formal relationship with Rwanda and integrate fully into the ACNA:According to recent information, PEARUSA churches will end their formal…

Important Developments in South Carolina

8 Tomorrow morning, September 23, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, the Supreme Court of South Carolina will hear oral arguments in the appeal, taken by Bishop vonRosenberg, ECUSA and its rump group that calls itself…

Recent Comments

Jackie - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

Fixed that cite for you in comment 5.

The Rev. Father Brian Vander Wel - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

Sorry, can’t be too cute, I guess, (is there no preview?): Or as Hegel put it:  “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”

The Rev. Father Brian Vander Wel - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

Let’s try it again: Or as <a > Hegel put it:</a> “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”

The Rev. Father Brian Vander Wel - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

Or as Hegel put it: “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”

Jill Woodliff - Bishop in Sweden Proposes Church Remove all Christian Symbols to Create Space for Muslims

It is clear in Holy Scripture that geography matters to God.  Kingdom means King’s dominion.

Katherine - Rain, Rain - Go Away

My prayers are with my South Carolina neighbors—and friends.  But rain, heavy rain, does happen in South Carolina, as it does here in North Carolina.  Hurricanes come to both our states, although we are thankful…

Jackie - Rain, Rain - Go Away

They forgot..  That’s so funny, Pewster!

Undergroundpewster - Rain, Rain - Go Away

The T.V. weather readers here were all forecasting a potential “Flood of Biblical Proportions.” They forgot that God promised to never do that again.

Daniel - Rain, Rain - Go Away

Don’t forget hurricane Camille in August of 1969.  In a single night it dumped over 27” of rain on Nelson county Virginia.  Over 150 people in a county of just over 11,000 were killed by…

B. Hunter - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

Are you saying history repeats itself?  That we should make an effort to study history so we don’t repeat it? Crazy stuff…

driver8 - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

I rather like Andrew Brown - not that I agree with him about most things - but that he takes Christian faith to be worthy of any kind of reflection at all in the godless…

Undergroundpewster - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

If I understand him, he blames conservative bishops for the decline of the CofE. Methinks they were not conservative enough.

tjmcmahon - Derailed Theology Leads to Train Wreck

By Brown’s logic, dioceses like Southwark or LA or New Hampshire or Northern Michigan, should have churches that are bursting at the seams.  I imagine that if you look at the real figures in the…

Katherine - Bishop in Sweden Proposes Church Remove all Christian Symbols to Create Space for Muslims

I think it was Prince Charles who wanted that title change, #11, not his father.

JuliaInVa - Bishop in Sweden Proposes Church Remove all Christian Symbols to Create Space for Muslims

Didn’t Philip change “defender of the faith” to “defender of faith” as part of his official English responsibilities.

mcdowall - Settled Science Group Under Investigation

Leftists in general seem to think that everyone else thinks and behaves like they do: if they are well-off because their parents were rich, they assume everyone who has money got it because their parents…