August 27, 2014

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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?

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.

The Week

Science as Emotive Art

4 There are many arguments to be made on the subject of global warming. One of those that should not be made under any circumstances is the argumentum in terrorem, the argument from fear. This form…

Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

9 It’s not the church, it’s a building, but it still pains me as a Christian living and ministering in northern Virginia to note the desecration of the former home of what is now Falls Church…

Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (II)

7 In the first post of this series, we looked at a paradox created by the fact that Jesus was both man and God. As a man, he was subject to Jewish…

Words for the Day

1 The Lord confides in those who fear him;   he makes his covenant known to them My eyes are ever on the Lord,   for only he will release my feet from…

Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (I)

4 At Jesus’ trial before he faced Pontius Pilate, as reported in ch. 14 of the Gospel of Mark, Caiaphas and the other Jewish elders charged Jesus with violating the law against blasphemy (see Leviticus…

God Saved Me

5 Brantly spoke of feeling ill on July 23 and of languishing in the subsequent days under the power of the painful and life-threatening illness. He became the first human to receive an experimental drug called…

Christianity in Public Debate? 2 - vox populi, vox Dei?

for part 1 (The Rejection of Democracy) see here. Our second response to the desire to silence religious voices in public and legislative debate…

The Great Pizza War of 2014

10 Apparently the poobahs at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) are rolling in so much dough, and have so much free time on their hands, that they’ve decided to take…

Praying through the abominable headline news

3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and…

Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

11 After exclusion from The Episcopal Church (TEC) and in the midst of TEC leadership litigation to dismantle their Christian witness, the original Diocese of South Carolina began to consider alignment options for continuing participation in…

Christianity in Public Debate? 1 - the rejection of democracy

4 I can’t be the only Christian who’s been told “Religion has no place in politics”. It’s a widely-held view, and one expressed to me most recently by a journalist from a national newspaper whilst interviewing…

Got Ice Water?

9 I ran across this image recently as a commentary on the ALS ice-water challenge, and I wanted to say something about it. The meme is either an attempt to characterize Americans as wasteful and frivolous,…

When it comes to Genocide

4 It seems like the world is ready to replace Nie Wieder with Vielleicht. #genocide #ISIS #christiansiniraq— Timothy Fountain (@NPASDK) August 20, 2014 And for those…

Presiding Bishop Rules out Settlement; San Joaquin to Appeal

11 Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has refused to allow the provisional bishop of the rump San Joaquin group, the Rt. Rev. David Rice, to enter into negotiations to settle the longest-running legal dispute currently…

Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

13 A Roman Catholic Archibishop who lost his diocese to ISIS terrorist gave an interview indicating he believes what they are now facing will soon spread to other countries.  “Our sufferings…

Recent Comments

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - Science as Emotive Art

When I saw this, one verse immediately came to mind: “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to…

B. Hunter - Science as Emotive Art

God is in control.  Full stop. What you see here is human pride and arrogance, pure and simple.

J Eppinga - Science as Emotive Art

RE:  “FEAR: LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE CLIMATE SYSTEM” This, from the same sort of folks who would forbid their sons from joining the NFL.  Maybe just, “Loss of control,” fits.

SC blu cat lady - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

St. Nikao, You nailed it! The way Kendall Harmon explained it (i.e. the reason for seeking oversight by the Global South) is essentially this: What would happen to us if +Mark Lawrence were to die…

dwstroudmd+ - Science as Emotive Art

I can see the problem!  The gentleman has only one-third of his commitment to the “Show-me State”.  One-third of his commitment is to Florida and its hurricanes, whilst the other third is to Australia and…

Jeff Walton - Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

#2 basic statistics for TFCE are viewable here: TFCE has been cautious with the release of data ever since they realized people were watching, in contrast to their early 2007-2010 years when they published…

Timothy Fountain - Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

Clearly part of the reconciliation strategy there.

the virginian - Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

Undergroundpewster (#3), I have to agree with you. This “ceremony” was clearly a dig at John Yates and the TFC Anglican congregation, especially considering the couple was “married” in Maryland last year according to the…

the virginian - Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

Reformed Catholic (#2), it’s been awhile since I’ve seen any statistics on the Episcopal congregation now occupying what was once TFC Anglican’s property. The last time I did so, their membership was a fraction of…

Ralph - Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

I visited there some years ago, when it was with ACNA. I wasn’t early, and finding a parking place was difficult. The old church was packed, shoulder-to-shoulder. As I left, the contemporary service was in…

David Ould - Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (II)

Allan, I think that the problem with your position is that it draws conclusions about the understanding and motivation of the OT saints who received those promises that are contrary to the way the Bible…

A. S. Haley - Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (II)

Thank you, Matt and David, for your illuminating comments. I write only to clarify what I said earlier, and not to contradict. I did not mean to say that Jews who rejected Christ while they…

tired - Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

Sad. [3] That is correct.  In the unpleasantness of the 19th century, union troops used TFC as a stable. Perhaps one day it will be restored.

Undergroundpewster - Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

An “in your face” action. Desecration of the temple is a common tactic of the conqueror.

David Ould - Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (II)

I’m with Matt in thinking there’s a couple of things here that need to be looked at some more. My first concern is with this statement: The Jewish Messiah was a promise foretold by the…

Matt Kennedy - Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (II)

one more point. The old covenant pointed to Jesus. The Jews who were saved were not saved by the blood of bulls and goats. Nor by lawkeeping. They were saved on the basis of their…