April 24, 2014

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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.

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.

The Week


”Reveille” (pronounced rev-uh-lee in America; ri-val-ee in the UK) is a bugle call, trumpet…

Fort Worth Court Denies TEC Motion to Stay Proceedings

2 April 24, 2014 In compliance with the mandate issued by the Texas Supreme Court on March 21st, today the 141st District Court in Fort Worth agreed to move forward with a new trial in the…

Lots of Free Online Resources

who doesn’t love free stuff? Here’s a list of some great recent and free ebooks and other publications. First, via Challies God, the Gospel, and…

Meet the Brides

16 In 1934, the song “Anything Goes” raised more than a few eyebrows.  If only they could have seen what was coming.  Tent.  Camel.  Nose.  Brynn explains: ‘Just…

Presbyterian Anti-Semites Flaunt Power

4 Color me surprised: the Presbyterian Church (USA)‘s leadership has removed the newly appointed moderator of the upcoming General Assembly’s Committee on Middle East Issues after complainst from the anti-Israel lobby.…

Can our side write adult fiction or romantic comedy?

6 Summer’s Love, A Cute and Funny Cinderella Love Story by Stu Summers, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2014 Sitting in what one Facebook friend described as an “Easter Monday coma,” I decided to pick up…

Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

23 Two stories, one from California and one from New York, illustrate nicely the growing power of the gay rights movement in its efforts to purge American society of those who…

Everything the Academy Touches Gets Ruined

6 When I was in high school and college, I participated in interscholastic and intercollegiate forensics competitions. Involving both individual and two-person debate, as well as individual speaking events, that experience…

Social Justice Network Lacks Justice

11 Yale’s Dwight Hall Cabinet voted this last week to deny the group Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) admission to its hallowed halls and the benefits which inure to the members.  One of those members, Andre…

An Easter Message From Bishop Mark Lawrence

3 Easter unflinchingly confronts our enemies, death and sin that would lock us in a self-justifying bondage, and plague our lives from start to finish. Christ’s death, however, is God’s No to sin. In the cross…

Texas Supreme Court Denies ECUSA’s Motion for Stay / Recall

4 Today, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order denying ECUSA’s motion for a stay or recall of its mandate pending ECUSA’s request to the United States Supreme Court to…

A Reminder: Understanding Good Friday in Context

1 For Good Friday 2011, I put up this post analyzing the differences between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels in dating the Last Supper and Jesus’ crucifixion.…

New Blogroll Added: Eastern Orthodox

2 We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added a new Eastern Orthodox blogroll to the site. It’s available in the menu up top. Have a look!

From Missiles to Sleeping Bags

9 I have it on the best of authority that among the “non-lethal” aid being sent by the US to the Ukraine will be pails & shovels so the Ukraine…

Thoughts on veiled crosses

17 Some of you veiled your church’s crosses at the start of Lent.  Others waited until Holy Week.  Or maybe it’s not a custom where you are. I muse on the practice from time to time. …

Recent Comments

cennydd13 - Fort Worth Court Denies TEC Motion to Stay Proceedings

I don’t think there’s much chance that the US Supreme Court would agree to hear from TEC if they lose again in Texas.

Jim the Puritan - Presbyterian Anti-Semites Flaunt Power

#3—My main concern is that PCUSA will try to ban churches from leaving at the upcoming General Assembly in June.  The same General Assembly where people fear they will make the requirement to have homosexual…

hoggy - Fort Worth Court Denies TEC Motion to Stay Proceedings

Showed her a thing or two about how things work in the South.

paradoxymoron - Meet the Brides

What ever happened to that tent? Last I saw it, that old camel was dragging it around, trampling it into the ground and flogging others with it. My teachers told me that that’s what tents…

Fr. Dale - Can our side write adult fiction or romantic comedy?

Tim+ Since you posed the question, here is a fictional story I published fairly recently. “The Search For Maggie Caslon”. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494254832

J Eppinga - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

Hi Todd (#21), RE:  “one town might be Royalist, while another town nearby was Parliamentarian.  “ As I mentioned I have two neighbors with completely different political views.  We live in the same town.  Moreover,…

SC blu cat lady - Meet the Brides

According to the post, the “priest” was pagan who had a one day justice of peace license from the state (MA).  It is hard to believe that anyone would leave Christianity for Paganism….  Totally repulsed…

SC blu cat lady - Presbyterian Anti-Semites Flaunt Power

Agreed,#2. The Largest Presbyterian Church here left PCUSA for the ECO in 2012. I am not surprised that Rev. Butzer was asked to step down considering the anti- Israel stance of PCUSA. What a shame!…

B. Hunter - Meet the Brides

Crazy stuff.  Who in the heck married them anyways?

ericfromnewyork - Meet the Brides

At the end of this article, conveniently juxtaposed, was the headline from the last post: “Can our side write adult fiction or romantic comedy?” Umm, no.  Apparently not. Nothing to top stuff like this.

B. Hunter - Everything the Academy Touches Gets Ruined

Sounds like we are raising another generation of Democrat politicians to me.

cennydd13 - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

They will ONLY if we let them get away with it!

ToAllTheWorld - Meet the Brides

More details in this article from a bridal magazine: http://offbeatbride.com/2013/11/massachusetts-lesbian-poly-wedding  According ot the article, two of the “brides” are pagan and one is atheist. I was guessing the ceremony was either Unitarian Universalist or TEC. …

ToAllTheWorld - Meet the Brides

“Doll had known that she was polygamous since high school”.  Most guys in high school are certain that they were born to be polygamous too. Note the line about her “coming out as poly”.  So…

Todd Granger - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

J. Eppinga, most civil wars don’t quite break down geographically as did our own War between the States or the Balkan Wars (when Yugoslavia broke apart).  The English Civil War, while there was some geographical…

Jill Woodliff - Meet the Brides

From Mark Regnerus at Witherspoon Institute Public Discourse:  Analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from…