April 21, 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

NARAL CO turns against choice

You will not believe this tweet from Colorado’s National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL - as ugly as it sounds), That’s right, they are aghast…

Notes on Sunday Morning & Ben Carson

5 What a privilege it is to be able to receive Jesus every single Sunday in the Word and the Feast. I can hardly describe the gratitude that I have at that, and I don’t know…

What’s In a Word? Everything

5 Tell me again why this useless, obscene organization has not been euthanized? Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I was not genocide, but…

School Cancels “Put Your Daughter in a Symbol of Submission” Day

6 You know how school administrators all over America are on constant watch for even the most innocuous imagined (if not actual) violation of the First Amendment’s so-called “establishment clause”? For the people who run public…

GAFCON Primates’ Communiqué April 2015

from GAFCON.org In all the media nonsense of the last few days about “breakaway provinces” and “splitting the Anglican Communion”, here’s an entirely predictable communiqué. Note, in particular, the insistence: We are not…

Plain English Upsets Pro-Death Crowd

6 Kansas and Oklahoma have really done it now.  They have had the utter audacity to pass a law that uses plain English to describe the…

Legal News from South Carolina and San Joaquin

1 Late yesterday the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a brief order transferring to itself the jurisdiction over the appeal filed by ECUSA and its rump group (ECSC) from the February 3, 2015 judgment…

Herod Will Have to Wait

a little snippet from last Sunday’s sermon on Luke 13:31-35 Luke 13:31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to…

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Coming Out of the Closet?

10 In a stunning turn of events, Turkey’s Foreign Minister took to Twitter with a very Western, LGBT&c inflected message:  The Pope is a hater. Religious offices are not places through which hatred and…

Stott vs ABBA - The Day You Came

3 I suspect you’ll love it or loathe it…

Running from the Law? Facing our Day in Court.

3 I spent a wasted morning today at the local courthouse. For the last 18 months I’ve been supporting a man who has been making some really bad choices in life, but who life has also…


10 Salon has a story out today that originally appeared at the left-wing site Religion Dispatches, in which writer Ed Simon discovers that water is wet: “It was Saturday that Jesus Christ went to…

NY Times Theologian in Residence Demands Christians Submit to Foreign Gospel

9 Noted theologian Frank Bruni, in his Good Friday column in the New York Times, let’s all us pew-dwellers know that it is OK to toss out whatever biblical injunctions stand in the…

More Dead Canaries in the Evangelical Mine

22 There are massive category confusions, biblical misinterpretations, and misapplications by Jessica Kantrowitz in this article. If we were to try to construct an article illustrating how not to…

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

14 Easter’s here again, and with it the outpouring of journalism and scholarship, reminding us that Christians are confused, anti-intellectual “Jesus of faith” cultists in need of rational tools to find the “historical Jesus.” And yes,there…

Recent Comments


Contemporary congregations will often translate “hell” into a more palatable “death” or “the grave.” There is something unseemly in the idea of Jesus among the murders, rapists, fornicators and heretics of Hell. BillB has it…

Words Matter - Notes on Sunday Morning & Ben Carson

The funniest thing I’ve heard about Dr. Carson is that he’s a great man and great doctor,  but you just don’t go from private citizen to president of the United States….  unless you win the…

Joshua 24:15 - Notes on Sunday Morning & Ben Carson

Thank you, Sarah.  To me, one of the many “scandals of the Cross” is that Jesus forces us to confront our real selves, the wretched sinners in need of a Savior.  This has probably never…

Dr. Priscilla Turner - More Dead Canaries in the Evangelical Mine

Many ‘evangelicals’ in the USA have not begun to think theologically about homosex, as they have ceased to think theologically about much else. Some of those who read here could usefully read more themselves, and…

Katherine - School Cancels "Put Your Daughter in a Symbol of Submission" Day

#4:  “2. Secular liberals fundamentally don’t take Muslims seriously - and I mean that in many senses of the word.”  I think this is one of the more perceptive comments I’ve seen about this matter. …

Ross Gill - What's In a Word? Everything

Gwynne Dyer certainly calls it a genocide in a helpful article that sheds some light on how it all came about,  It’s found here:  http://www.straight.com/news/429361/gwynne-dyer-revisiting-armenian-genocide

Joshua 24:15 - School Cancels "Put Your Daughter in a Symbol of Submission" Day

And clearly, committed Muslim jihadis aren’t respecting the “dim-witted and evil opponent” they now find in current US and European foreign policy.

jamesw - School Cancels "Put Your Daughter in a Symbol of Submission" Day

A few thoughts about this. 1. This demonstrates more than most events that for secular liberals, “religion” is simply seen as some cute dress up play and meaningless ritual.  They have no problem with cute…

Joshua 24:15 - School Cancels "Put Your Daughter in a Symbol of Submission" Day

Reason #581 why I’m SOOOO glad I can afford to send my daughter to the fine classical Christian school she attends. Wonder how this would play in NYC, or Skokie, IL, or any city with…

Joshua 24:15 - Plain English Upsets Pro-Death Crowd

As an MD, I would add that the abortionist quoted in the Slate article is taking huge liberties with the truth (surprise, surprise).  A 17-week pregnancy is well into the second trimester, and the procedure…

David_Fine - Notes on Sunday Morning & Ben Carson

Thank you, Sarah.  When I was a curate, some parishioners had gone to a Faith Alive conference and came back even stronger in their faith and awareness of God’s activity in their lives.  In response,…

Mike Bertaut - NY Times Theologian in Residence Demands Christians Submit to Foreign Gospel

UGP, If so, God has already answered that prayer as far as I’m concerned.  I just can’t help peeking in from time to time to see how far down a Diocese can be dragged when…

Undergroundpewster - NY Times Theologian in Residence Demands Christians Submit to Foreign Gospel

Mike Bertaut, By that he was praying to be cleansed of obsolete folks like you and me.

Mike Bertaut - NY Times Theologian in Residence Demands Christians Submit to Foreign Gospel

Obsolete knowledge!  (sorry, bumped “submit” too early.) And they have no issues going public with this.  Now they are simply trying to convert the poor souls who stayed for reasons OTHER than theological discord.  Amazing.…

Mike Bertaut - NY Times Theologian in Residence Demands Christians Submit to Foreign Gospel

I couldn’t help but notice in one of Bishop Thomson’s communications to the faithful in the Diocese of Louisiana, an admonition in prayer to “cleanse us all of obsolete knowledge.” So that’s what it’s come…

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

The simple fact is that our “modern, rational and scientific” age is full of crap.  We have time stamped audio/video of “I am not a crook,” “I did not have sex with that woman,” exploding…