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
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.
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.
Carbon Footprint Alert
8 Being devotees of the Church of Global Warming, one would think that the bishops of the Episcopal Organization in the United States would want to minimize their, umm, carbon footprint. Apparently, the prospect of a…
In Support of Single Issue Voting
7 Statement: I will never support any candidate for any party for any office who supports legal abortions for any reason apart from the extremely rare cases where the life of the mother is at stake…
Forgot to Take Off Their Shoes to Count
4 Evidence from the independence vote in Scotland that journalists are way smarter than the rest of us, via the Daily Telegraph:
On Scotland and All That
12 A brief pause in theological postings to offer my opinion on UK politics. I am a Texan living in New York state but I have spent two weeks in Canterbury which makes me eminently qualified…
Children Playing Together=Treason
4 It is common among the useful idiots of the West, especially in the mainline Christian churches, to claim that if it weren’t for the fact that Israel is an apartheid Nazi genocidal oppressor state, the…
Palestinian Terrorism Reloading
4 In the West, there is a belief that there is a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. That is incorrect, at least from the perspective of Islamic terrorists. For them, this period…
Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened
13 Earlier this week David Fischler attempted to close the contest for the Government Official Quote of the Year, in the category of Egregiously Stupid. I’m going to give…
Re-branding The Asylum
16 Many churches have sought to re-brand themselves by picking a new name. Instead of “St. Swithens” or “St. Cuthbert’s” they become: “Crossroads Community” or “The Gathering” or “The Neighborhood”. A Baptist Church in Portland Oregon,…
Are We Figure Skaters or Preachers?
3 From Phil Johnson: Pulpit Highlights - Phil Johnson from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.
California State Universities Fight “Islamophobia,” stoke Contempt for Christians
12 The recent news out of the California State University System is troubling. Even the lefty Huffington Post describes it as a…
Dr. Mohler: The Osteen Predicament—Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel
1 The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed…
Government Official Quote of the Year
5 We can close the competition, we have a winner. The Quote of the Year from a government employee–one that should be etched into the marble above the entrance to the White House, the Department of…
The Christian Case for Abortion Rights: Writer Goes In Search of a Mythical Beast
3 Here’s the headline from the Daily Beast: A Christian Case for Abortion Rights? Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.…
Making Us Debate Gutting First Amendment is UNFAIR!!!
9 You may have heard some more about the plan of Senate Democrats to eviscerate the First Amendment (a plan backed by the Presbyterian Church USA) by amending the Constitution. Monday, the…
Peggy Noonan’s Tribute to Joan Rivers
2 I didn’t appreciate Joan Rivers’ humor and I rarely read Noonan on politics and policies any more since she’s the female equivalent of Ann Coulter and David Brooks these days—banally and hazily and glowingly and…
tjmcmahon - Carbon Footprint Alert
Katherine, I am also completely stymied by trying to decipher the concept of the “healing connection between… ebola and economic inequality.” But then, this is a woman who thinks that driving demons out of someone…
tjmcmahon - Carbon Footprint Alert
Core values of the TEC HoB???????????????????// Well, I guess after declaring Paul a heretic for his casting out of demons, KJS and Co. had to replace the Epistles with something. Dare I ask what the…
Katherine - Carbon Footprint Alert
“Viriditas begins in wonder, and emerges to motivate constructive, healing connection between air and ocean, carbon and crops, hunger and floods, Ebola and economic inequality.” Eh?
Bill2 - Carbon Footprint Alert
I guess it takes a Ph.D. to string together so many words that mean so little. What a pretentious group of nattering nabobs.
jamesw - Carbon Footprint Alert
With the theology and doctrine coming out of TEC nowadays, I am not surprised that the HoB theme is “Expanding the Apostolic Imagination”.
rwkachur - Carbon Footprint Alert
Against my own better judgment, I read the sermon snippet. All I’ll say is that when I looked up at the top of the page and saw the “Like, Tweet and Share” buttons, my immediate…
B. Hunter - Carbon Footprint Alert
I have no idea what in the heck that woman ever says. SPEAKA-DE-ENGLISSSSSSS? Contest - find how many times Shori references Jesus as the Son of God…ready…GOOOOO!
Undergroundpewster - Carbon Footprint Alert
If she really cared about “Viriditas”, whatever the heck that is, she wouldn’t be polluting our air flying bishops all over the world.
Matt Kennedy - In Support of Single Issue Voting
good point James Manley
James Manley - In Support of Single Issue Voting
I don’t see it myself as single issue voting. In my opinion, someone unable to figure out that a child inside a womb is a child is either so mind-numbly stupid as to be untrustworthy…
Matt Kennedy - In Support of Single Issue Voting
1. No 2. that’s why it is important to consider the candidate as well as the platform
rick allen - In Support of Single Issue Voting
1) What if the Nazis include a “pro-life” plank in their platform? Am I obliged to vote for them? 2) What if one party is pro-abortion, and one is anti-abortion, in their platforms, but the…
J Eppinga - On Scotland and All That
RE: “I’d like to offer “independence” to the entire Northeast, as well as the Northwest states, and California.” ‘and’ California. Heh. Cali always seems to belong by itself. I hope you’re referring to the states…
SpongJohn SquarePantheist - In Support of Single Issue Voting
Given our current system, it may be the case that when a serious moral issue (like abortion) arises, the only ethical thing to do is to vote based on the candidates’ stance on that one…
SpongJohn SquarePantheist - On Scotland and All That
Step aside ace of spades, Sarah nailed it. Not really surprising based on what I’ve read. A nationalistic spirit might cause people to fantasize about independence, but given that it has descended into being an…
Undergroundpewster - Forgot to Take Off Their Shoes to Count
I would demand a recount, but if their math is that bad, why bother. I would also demand a review of all of the golf scores at St. Andrews.