May 1, 2016

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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

Waypoints

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

Potty Training

21 Did it even cross anyone’s mind five years ago that we would be spending this much time discussing potty issues?  If my grandmother were alive, she would be taking a wooden spoon to somebody.  After…

GAFCON Primates Issue Communiqué - “A Global Family of Authentic Anglicans”

13 The GAFCON Primates have met this week in Nairobi and have issued their closing communiqué which focuses on a number of programs to grow the movement; the announcement of plans for GAFCON 2018, training for…

Magnificient Things from a Magnificient God

3 As a child, I was terrified of thunder and lightning storms which was likely a clue I picked up from my Mom.  My Dad, however, did not share that phobia and revelled in such events. …

A Well-Aimed Blast at the Communion-Wreckers

12 Finally: someone with the ability—and credibility—to pinpoint what is wrong with the progressive elitists in ECUSA and other branches of the Anglican Communion speaks out, and speaks forcefully. I cannot do justice to the whole…

How Legalism Has Destroyed the Communion

8 It’s now over 3 months since the pivotal Primates’ Gathering in Canterbury. Much water has passed under the bridge since then and many readers will have been watching along. As I write the…

Anglican Colonialists and the Subversion of a Kenyan Province

2 On its website the Anglican Consultative Council claims that its role is: “...to facilitate the co-operative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion, exchange information between the Provinces and churches,…

Forged Documents and Subversion

3 Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of Nigeria, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council, is deeply involved with the compromised and compromising group, “Bishops in Dialogue”, a gathering of bishops explicitly devoted to…

Government Tampered Data Used to Support Case before Supreme Court

3 The depths government officials will go to cover up the big AGW myth is starting to reach mammoth proportions.  AGW gives them the two things…

Who Has Their Values Straight?

2 For shame—my alma mater (H/T: Hot Air): Meanwhile, in Israel (H/T: PowerLineBlog) ... Almost from the start of the bloody conflict raging in Syria, Israel…

Podcast: Canterbury’s Unfailingly Consistent Claim to Powerlessness

3 Anne and I discuss the ongoing roiling in the Anglican Communion over human sexuality and comment on the aftermath of January’s Primates’ Meeting, the ACC meeting in Lusaka this week…

Franklin Graham Calls Paypal Out for Hypocrisy

9 Franklin Graham does an excellent job of calling Paypal on their hypocrisy.  “Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: ‘PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual…

It’s Not About Tolerance

4 For years we have been told that the entire LGBT movement has been about tolerance.  As we all know, saying don’t make it so.  Michael Brown has…

Repost:  Music for a Special Night: Give Me Jesus

8 *I had a deep, searing need to hear this song today.  From the Central Islip High School Concert Choir at the St. Nicolas Church at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Case of the Felonious Priest

[With apologies—and thanks—to my old professor, Lon Fuller, the author of the infinitely more artful and compelling “The Case of the Speluncean Explorers.”] In the Supreme…

University Moves to Fire Professor Over Conservative Views

8 The website of Marquette University proudly proclaims the school to be Catholic and Jesuit.  A Catholic and Jesuit education at Marquette is marked by the active intersection of the Gospel with…

Recent Comments

Jim the Puritan - Potty Training

#1:  “And note the appeal to the baptismal covenant “respecting the dignity” which is used yet again to require acceptance of biblical sin and whatever is the current sexual degeneracy.” This is why baptism in…

Pb - Potty Training

There is no need to repent when you are politically correct.

Katherine - Potty Training

#16:  “The real objective is to force others to accept implementation of this distorted world view.”  Exactly.

aacswfl1 - Potty Training

#17. Women won’t frequent men’s public restrooms…for good reasons… As a guy, I only do it when I have to, like at public stadiums and interstate rest areas…truly an experience worth avoiding if possible. What…

B. Hunter - Potty Training

So, if we opened the men’s restrooms to all woman, would that solve the issue? If so, BRING IT ON!!  (this might be a bit tongue in cheek…but hey, it is a reasonable solution). I…

tired - Potty Training

I think it is a mistake to view the proponents of the Charlotte ordnance/opponents of HB2 as caring for or seeking respect for the dysmorphic.  In the Virginia example, the school system provided a private…

Nellie - Potty Training

Agree completely with Br. Michael’s clear analysis of the use of terms, and also with what many of you are saying about “respecting the dignity” of human beings. It is not merciful, kind, loving, just,…

Militaris Artifex - Potty Training

The simply straightforward fact of the matter is that people who are called transgenered are mentally (and/oremotionally) disturbed. The sorts of legislation that are the subject of this thread are totally misguided attempts to ignore…

Br. Michael - Potty Training

One would think that respecting the dignity of human beings would be to call them to live lives that are holy to the Lord.  The scriptures set out how to do that and it is…

aacswfl1 - Potty Training

Does this emphasis on the baptismal covenant as the basis for “meeting people where they are” necessarily imply that in making that effort we abandon the truth of God’s revelation?  Of course not, but that…

Katherine - Potty Training

This is yet another example of why I am no longer Episcopalian in North Carolina. The first problem with the Charlotte ordinance, which HB2 repealed, was that it allowed anyone who “identifies” with a “gender”…

Br. Michael - Potty Training

Nellie, the confusion is deliberate.  They are deliberately using the word gender as substitute word for biological sex, but they are doing so in order to claim that sex is changeable.  They claim that “gender”…

Nikolaus - Potty Training

Do you believe in God the Father? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in…

dwstroudmd+ - Potty Training

Here’s the PC potty take: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trans-girls-anti-north-carolina-143400175.html “Presenting people who appear gender nonconforming may stoke people’s prejudices in the short term, but we should do it anyway. Eventually, the culture will learn to accept the diversity…

jamesw - Potty Training

Here’s what I think we should focus on - the ultimate victims in the bathroom wars are women (and children - but women are the more prominent identity group).  Generally, men won’t mind that much…

Nellie - Potty Training

Brother Michael, am I perhaps confusing the term “transgender” with “transsexual”? My husband just mentioned that. In any case, I agree completely that the idea of “respecting the dignity” is being used to justify sin.…