September 30, 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

Taking Rape Seriously Requires Us to Take Sex Seriously.

2 Chris over at Here in the Waiting Room has written a very challenging but acutely incisive piece on the jarring disconnect between the seriousness with which we rightly view rape and…

The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

10 Last year our family took a road trip across the United States of America, beginning on the west coast and finishing in Boston. During our stay in the Cradle of the American Revolution we went…

University to Regulate Sex Lives

9 Old hotness: “get the government out of the bedroom.” New hotness: “the government needs to micro-manage your bedroom behavior.” From NRO: The University of Michigan has released a list of relationship behaviors that…

Defining Deviancy Down

8 That famous phrase of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan came to mind when I saw this item from the Daily Telegraph: Laws banning incest between brothers and sisters in Germany could be…

The Unraveling of the Anglican Communion

22 For some time now—ever since ECUSA’s unilateral decision to consecrate V. Gene Robinson as a bishop—the Anglican Communion has been unraveling, but since it was such a loosely based agglomeration of churches to begin with,…

On Being a Literalist

16 A few days ago I commented on a facebook post by Addison Hodges Hart (former Anglican, former Roman, now Anglican again?) suggesting, contrary to the apparent point of Hart’s post, that war cannot be inherently…

If Environmental Fascists Had Their Way

9 It has been noted that the environmental movement contains more than its fair share of people with totalitarian tendencies. From the eco-terrorists of the Earth Liberation Front to the misanthropes of…

Do You Hear the Bells?

5 As I was riding in the car today, the news played a snippet of Mr. Obama’s speech on climate change.  He was prattling on about how we ignore it at our own peril and that…

There is one God and this guy is his Twitter!

2 Wow, I’m honored in a weird way. One of those religion-of-submission guys Tweeted a reply to my Bible verse Tweet, exhorting me to dump the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and follow his religion,

Dude!  We can bring back heresy trials!

9 One of the massive quarry of stumbling blocks from The Episcopal Church (TEC)‘s last few decades was the decision to avoid a heresy trial for…

Schori Departs: And There Was Great Rejoicing (UPDATED)

35 News that I suspect a lot of Anglicans and Episcopalians will greet with relief: the worst-dressed cleric of all time is riding off into the sunset. From the

Abortion Rationalization Reaches New Low

6 Every time I think the Molech cult has reached a new low, they find even greater depths of evil and idiocy to plumb. The latest instance is a Scottish “poet” named Leyla Josephine, whose self-justifying…

David vs Goliath, Chandler vs Furtick

3 too good. think about it. If I’m David then I need to throw that stone just right and I become the hero who saves the people of God from…

Friend of the Devil

9 Ever since Aleister Crowley gained the reputation for being the “wickedest man in the world,” there have been imitators, poseurs, and wannabes. Herbert Arthur Sloane, Anton LaVey, Ozzie Osbourne, Marilyn Manson–with a…

Comments on Sunday’s Service

11 I posted a few “stream of consciousness” notes on my Facebook page today about today’s church service and though the SF crew might enjoy them. Apologies, then, for the non-coherence of this post. *******…

Recent Comments

Matt Kennedy - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

I truly could care less about TEC parishes in my neighborhood although I would be happy to take on any beleaguered sheep who would like to make the jump. Well…okay, to be honest…the best most…

Sarah - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

Hi JamesW . . . RE: “But I think that David is correct that even despite this victory, western liberal Christianity is in terminal decline.  The conservatives that remain in the Communion are largely standing…

Sarah - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

RE: ”  . .  .but it is definitely not true in three areas where I have lived: Pennsylvania, the Upper Midwest, or Colorado, where the ACNA is the competition with TEC for liturgically-oriented Christians.” That’s…

B. Hunter - Taking Rape Seriously Requires Us to Take Sex Seriously.

I hadn’t really connected the dots…well said. We do talk as a society about the physical risks of sex - STD’s, pregnancy, cancer, etc.  However we rarely talk about the emotion and spiritual damage done…

Br. Michael - Taking Rape Seriously Requires Us to Take Sex Seriously.

You create sexual anarchy and then you expect sensible behavior?  It seems that they are reaping the fruits of what they created.  All they want to do is treat a symptom of what they created,…

ToAllTheWorld - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

Daniel, yes, the LCMS is certainly a viable TEC alternative in parts of the Midwest where there is no other Anglican presence.  In which former capital of the CSA do you reside, Montgomery, Richmond, or…

Daniel - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

For liturgically oriented Christians, and especially those in the Midwest, how about LCMS as competition to TEC?  After much thought, prayer, and searching that is where I ended up, even though I reside in the…

Jim the Puritan - University to Regulate Sex Lives

The good thing is we’re going back to the Good Old Days more quickly than you think: In California, pretty soon you soon will not be able to have sex on a college campus without…

ToAllTheWorld - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

... the Methodists, and Presbyterians, and RCs are of far more competitive interest to TEC parishes than ACNA. Sarah, that may be true in Upper South Carolina, but it is definitely not true in three…

Fr. Dale - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

Sarah, “Again—that doesn’t make it wrong to leave an organizational war.” You make it sound like strife between Kiwanis Club members. It seems like so much more to me.

jamesw - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

Sarah - You are correct, of course, in terms of ACNA vis a vis TEC and ACoC.  But my read of David’s piece is that he is referring to “the Anglican Communion” more generally.  In…

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - University to Regulate Sex Lives

There’s only one appropriate response to silliness like this.

B. Hunter - On Being a Literalist

I think it’s all a matter of world-view.  Many folks just don’t want to believe that God isn’t some sort of nice “grandfatherly” guy with a white flowing beard; that He actually told the Jews…

Sarah - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

RE: “The reality of the Anglican Communion is that conservatives are not going anywhere.” Well . . . except many of them are. You can’t leave the Anglican Communion and surrender that organizational war and…

B. Hunter - University to Regulate Sex Lives

OH.  GOOD.  LORD. *SIGH*.  There is no end to the madness, is there? No wonder God wiped out almost all of humanity and started over.  We are a sorry lot.

Undergroundpewster - The GAFCON/FCA Tea Party

The genius of the post Boston Tea party, post-revolution, America was the creation of a novel form of governance. As the old Anglican Communion loses its grip, to what new structure will we wind up…