April 25, 2015

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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.

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.

The Week

The Love Shack Church

2 The recent post by our beloved Curmudgeon revealing the shocking news that the Episcopal church is in the debt collection business made me wonder if they are now storing cudgels and cement…

Running for High Priestess

2 Molech worship: today America, tomorrow the world. According to the Daily Caller: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at…

When Is a Church Not a Church? When It’s a Debt Collector

6 The Episcopal Church (USA) has two primary sources of income: according to its latest audited financial statements for the calendar year 2013, it received a little over $27 million from its member dioceses, and…

Armenian Church recognizes genocide victims as martyrs

Public Radio of Armenia has posted the sermon transcript of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, at the Canonization of the…

Statism is idolatry for both right and left

2 An array of news and commentary have me reflecting on the way that right and left, “red and blue,” conservative and liberal can turn government into a god to be served rather than a servant…

Tranny Jesus will save us from jihad and genocide

8 In the last couple of days, I’ve posted about genocide denial and pending Islamic atrocities in the West. But I can stand down, because the Mainline Churches, led by the intellectual heft of the Episcopalians…

Muslim attempts to shoot up Christians in France

4 A Muslim is in French custody after setting up to mow down Christians as they attended church.…

Armenian Genocide Scoreboard

2 President Barak Obama scores for Team Denial. This follows a denial goal by the United Nations. Team Denial is catching up with Team

ANZAC Day - Learning from a Futile Battle

1 ANZAC Day 2015 is a particularly poignant moment for Australia and New Zealand; 100 years since the ill-fated Gallipoli landings. It’s not uncommon to hear people observe that “ANZACism” has become something of a national…

NARAL CO turns against choice

4 You will not believe this tweet from Colorado’s National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL - as ugly as it sounds), That’s right, they are aghast…

Notes on Sunday Morning & Ben Carson

5 What a privilege it is to be able to receive Jesus every single Sunday in the Word and the Feast. I can hardly describe the gratitude that I have at that, and I don’t know…

What’s In a Word? Everything

6 Tell me again why this useless, obscene organization has not been euthanized? Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I was not genocide, but…

School Cancels “Put Your Daughter in a Symbol of Submission” Day

7 You know how school administrators all over America are on constant watch for even the most innocuous imagined (if not actual) violation of the First Amendment’s so-called “establishment clause”? For the people who run public…

GAFCON Primates’ Communiqué April 2015

1 from GAFCON.org In all the media nonsense of the last few days about “breakaway provinces” and “splitting the Anglican Communion”, here’s an entirely predictable communiqué. Note, in particular, the insistence: We are not…

Plain English Upsets Pro-Death Crowd

6 Kansas and Oklahoma have really done it now.  They have had the utter audacity to pass a law that uses plain English to describe the…

Recent Comments

James Manley - The Love Shack Church

Sounds like its already covered by the Dennis Canon.

Jim the Puritan - Running for High Priestess

I’m sure she would only be too happy to insert the words “marriage equality” in there as well.  Yes, she will be one of the ones sending us to the camps.

Jim the Puritan - The Love Shack Church

“One wonders if we can expect to see a resolution at General Convention demanding an affiliation.” This strategy certainly could be a way for the mainline denominations to turn around their membership and attendance declines.

Lawrence+ - When Is a Church Not a Church? When It's a Debt Collector

“Loans” to refugees sounds like a legalized way to run a coyote operation.  Just saying’.

Lawrence+ - Statism is idolatry for both right and left

Yes, thank you.  Both right and left in this country devoutly worship the state - they just use different altars.

Scuba Steve - When Is a Church Not a Church? When It's a Debt Collector

I wonder if other Denominations do this too?  Is there a way to determine who the government is paying?  That might be a really interesting list.  Maybe the NY Times would like to investigate?

Sarah - When Is a Church Not a Church? When It's a Debt Collector

You know—one thing that’s really interesting to me is the church’s position on illegal immigration and, essentially, open borders. Beyond the general liberal bias against borders of any kind, it also appears monetarily self-serving for…

Newbie Anglican - Running for High Priestess

An incredible statement that may come back to haunt her . . . if she survives her current bribery scandal.

tired - Tranny Jesus will save us from jihad and genocide

Apparently, once you start making up your religion - it is difficult to figure out just exactly where to stop.  Back in my day, revisionist clergy seemed to have a sort of an internal governor…

James Manley - When Is a Church Not a Church? When It's a Debt Collector

“So we have a national Church that depends for approximately one-third of its annual budget on money from the U.S. Government.” Shout it from the housetops.

Undergroundpewster - When Is a Church Not a Church? When It's a Debt Collector

“As we forgive our debtors…”

tjmcmahon - When Is a Church Not a Church? When It's a Debt Collector

Might help explain how the legal budget can be so low while they maintain dozens of active lawsuits around the country.  As they say “follow the money.” Of course, we have known for several years,…

ToAllTheWorld - Tranny Jesus will save us from jihad and genocide

It’s funny how liberals have never believed in the Virgin Birth until now, when they can use it as a way to claim that Jesus was transgendered.

Newbie Anglican - Statism is idolatry for both right and left

Thank God I am not the only one seeing statism as idolatry.

Sarah - Tranny Jesus will save us from jihad and genocide

RE: “the intellectual heft of the Episcopalians and institutions like Episcopal Divinity School . . . “ Tee hee.

David Fischler - Tranny Jesus will save us from jihad and genocide

Some folks in the West try to take the jihadis down a few notches by joking about them having sex with goats.  One wonders what jokes the jihadis share over dinner after destroying a village…