January 29, 2015


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


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

The Week

Believe You Have Received it and it Will Be Yours?

2 The following is one of the most frequently abused promises in the New Testament:“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt…

Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (I)

6 The 2015 Mere Anglicanism Conference in Charleston, South Carolina—a sold-out event—centered on the theme “Salt and Light: the Christian Response to Secularism.” The speakers were left to choose their own individual topics; the organizers merely…

The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

14 Archbishop Sentamu asks the congregation whether the consecration of Libby Lane represents the will of the church. A lone Church of England clergyman, Paul Williams, verbally objects:  “No. Not in the…

Ha. Ha. Ha.

23 An official at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, which has an office across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court, went out on Thursday to have a gander at the March…

Marcus Borg Has Died

7 I am sad to hear of Marcus Borg’s passing. He was a brilliant man who abused and misused his brilliance to deny the One to whom he must now give an…

Islam amplifies blasphemy

8 Michigan Pastor and blogger Kenneth Tanner has an intelligent piece on the sometimes less than brainy Huffington Post. In Blasphemy After the Cross, Tanner points out that…

A Crucial Line Drawn

11 The more I read this letter from the Gafcon primates to the Archbishop of Burundi, the better it gets. This paragraph in particular stands out: Not…

Gafcon Primates Call for CAPA Chairman’s Repentance or Resignation

10 This is precisely the way all attempts to reconcile with false teachers short of full repentance ought to be met: The Most…

The Freedom of Speech

10 Words are incredibly powerful things. From the very beginning it is words that have exerted enormous influence in our universe. Gen. 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. …

Political Startup Ranks the Most Conservative, Liberal 2016 Candidates

19 An intriguing political candidate ranking effort from Crowdpac, described over at The Daily Signal—they’ve added political donations to the ranking mix.  There aren’t a whole lot surprises to…

[OPEN THREAD] PB, Episcopal bishops offer support to President’s Immigration Executive Action

35 I was most intrigued by this list of Code Pink Leftist TEC bishops—mostly because I had assumed that out of around 108 Episcopal diocesan bishops, around…

Feminism: It’s What’s For Dinner

24 From Reason, enjoy the spectacle as modern feminism devours itself: Since the 1990s, students from Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s school in Massachusetts, have staged an annual production of The Vagina Monologues. Not…

Bishop Cook posts $2.5M bond, released from jail

33 From Bishop Cook’s Autobiographical Statement completed for the bishop search process: Supporting me in my vocation is my steady companion, Mark, a passionate Anglican. After having…

Hollywood Barbarian: The Romantic genius of John Milius

8 An interesting look at one Hollywood director, from The Washington Free Beacon, where there is more: Born in 1944 to a Jewish family in St. Louis, Milius’ childhood heroes were…

Microsaggression Is the New Cancer

19 Without even knowing it, you could be murdering people you know. Killing them softly, as it were, with your microaggressions. According to Katherine Timpf of NRO: A new…

Recent Comments

Tom S. - Believe You Have Received it and it Will Be Yours?

An excellent refutation of the heresy of the so-called “Prosperity Gospel.” Fantastic job, Fr. Matt!

tired - The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

I agree.  Archbishop Sentamu’s response was unbiblical, spoken as he was administering this unbiblical act.  He had many alternative responses available to him, some of which might have been biblical.  However, he chose not to…

Fidela - The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

What would have been so terrible about saying, “Ummm, it’s okay, we recognize our faith puts limitations on things we can’t approve yet society currently does approve…..so we don’t have to be the State religion”? …

driver8 - Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (I)

Thank you so much for this. For an affectionate and insightful reflection on Tom Wright’s concern about going to heaven, this lecture is worth a watch, Markus Bockmuehl, “Did St. Paul go to heaven when…

driver8 - The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

In any case, the consecration of a female bishop was not imposed by the British government, but came about after a lengthy and seemingly endless process within the Church of England. As I recall it…

Bill2 - The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

Yup, when Parliament speaks it’s time to throw up your hands and say “What else can I do?”  I’m not sure if dis-establishment would have done anything but delay the inevitable. They’re only about a…

Allen Lewis - Microsaggression Is the New Cancer

Only at Harvard could they invent and describe such behavior!

Allen Lewis - Ha. Ha. Ha.

The emotional level of this “official” closely resembles that of a spoiled three-year old. It never ceases to amaze me how callous most Progressives are.  Yet they continually bleat about “feelings” and “respect for people’s…

Fr. Dale - The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

OK…..for our next item on the agenda…..also law of the land.

B. Hunter - Believe You Have Received it and it Will Be Yours?

Brilliant.  Best explanation of this topic I have ever read.  Many, many thanks!

midwestnorwegian - The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

The CoE is as good as dead.

Undergroundpewster - Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (I)

And Allan’s notes are very well done.

Undergroundpewster - Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (I)

The fellowship was great too. The only way it could have been better would be if the music hall had more room for folks to mix and mingle.

Andrew W - The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

Picking up on Matt’s point, in the UK, the “Law of the Land” is at least nominally subject to the word of God, not the other way around.  In the US, they are explicitly distinct. …

evan miller - Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (I)

The whole conference was outstanding, as I’ve come to expect from Mere Anglicanism. Bishop Nazir Ali is always brilliant.  In addition to the superb speakers and wonderful worship services, I particularly enjoyed the splendid luncheon…

Sarah - Mere Anglicanism 2015: a Report (I)

Wow Allan—what a tour de force. Thanks for this summary!