August 20, 2014

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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.

Sex and Jihad – the Failure of Modern Hermeneutics

In the case of the Bible and sex it ignores both what Jesus has to say and what explanatory resolution He brings to the deep question of the relationship between Old and New Testament. In the case of the Qu’ran there is not even the slightest evidence of an attempt to grapple with the Medina/Mecca question nor to explain the “sword verses”. Instead all we get is the recurrent mantra of “Islam is a religion of peace” despite the quite obvious Qu’ranic and historical evidence to the contrary.

The Week

Presiding Bishop Rules out Settlement; San Joaquin to Appeal

1 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?

7 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…

Those Ignorant Christians

3 Thanks to Gontroppo for this one. I hear regular criticism, most of all from the pop-atheists, as to how ignorant it is for Christians to argue for the existence of God. No seriously…

Will EPA Regs Jeopardize Energy Availability This Winter?

4 Regardless of where you stand on the subject of man made global warming, it is hard to ignore the really cold winter of 2013 and we are told we will see an encore performance in…

Are We Ignoring the Lessons Of Auschwitz?

3 Walking among the starvation cells and gas chambers where more than a million souls perished, it is hard to explain to my 12-year-old son how the free world allowed this happen. Why did the world’s…

Navy Reverses Bible Ban

3 A Navy spokesman confirms that Bibles will be returned to base lodges, and they’ve also launched an investigation to determine why God’s Word was removed from guest rooms in the first place. Navy Exchange, which…

Why Are People Looting Their Own Neighborhood?

1 Excellent article by Angela Graham-West posted on the blog of her husband, Col. Allen West,  concerning the riots in St. Louis in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. The…

The Death of Voltaire. But don’t you dare talk about it.

4 S.G. Tallentyre, writing under the pseudonym Evelyn Beatrice Hall, famously described the french philosopher Voltaire‘s attitude to free speech as, I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to…

Blaming the Hated for Hatred

2 Behold the triumph of left-wing, anti-Israel ideology over common sense or even decency in this news from the liberal organization J Street via the Washington Free Beacon: The liberal Middle East…

So NOW Putin keeps his shirt on?

5 Just over two years ago, Russia’s President received a briefing from Metropolitan Hilarion, the foreign relations representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.…

China to Develop State-Approved “Christian” Theology

3 The government of Communist China has evidently decided that if it can’t stop Christianity from growing by leaps and bounds, it would be better to deform it. According to the

War weary US House passes Resolution that’s sketchy on how to stop genocidal ISIS

13 The election of President Obama in 2008 was, in large part, an expression of American exhaustion and exasperation with the Bush administration’s “nation building” efforts.  The human and material costs were heavy, and there was…

Compare and Contrast

15 Time for a reality/morality check. First up, we have designated spokescreep Osama Hamdan on Al-Quds TV in Lebanon on July 28, 2014: Then we have former United States President…

Elie Wiesel ad compares Hamas use of human shields to Moloch worship

13 Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel published a full-page ad in U.S. newspapers, calling out Hamas’ use of Palestinian civilians - children in particular - as a…

First Big Media Run for #LWTE – and a thought about smiling

7   Today, SBS begain their media promotion of the upcoming Living with the Enemy show that I filmed in January. News Limited got first bite of the cherry with the online…

Recent Comments

SC blu cat lady - Presiding Bishop Rules out Settlement; San Joaquin to Appeal

Sigh….. I am sorry to read this but I am not surprised. That woman has no sense of decency.  Her only concern is MONEY! and property. Really…. she should have gone into real estate as…

Betty See - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

Securing our border would be a start but as the old American saying goes “it is too late to shut the barn door after the horses have been stolen”. If ISIS operatives have already entered…

B. Hunter - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

How about securing our southern border for a start?  I mean, what could go wrong allowing all sorts of folks into our country we know NOTHING about?

Betty See - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

When I hear that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, advocated sending arms to the Sunni fighters in Syria simply because they were willing to fight Assad and now see that the hate filled radical…

Betty See - Are We Ignoring the Lessons Of Auschwitz?

It seems to me that schools and colleges in America must not teach history because if young people had been taught about the rise to power of NAZI Germany they could not help but notice…

sophy0075 - Those Ignorant Christians

Not to mention the number of Jews who have been awarded a Nobel, a fact that has also perplexed the atheist Richard Dawkins.

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

I’m not sure it’s enough just to observe this problem: that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing” to ISIS and soft-jihadis. I think there’s a liberal fallacy at work here that needs to be…

ADaniel - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

“Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here.”  This is the one that caught my eye.  It’s very easy to be “all inclusive” and all touchy feely about coexisting with our beautiful neighbors and…

Jeff Walton - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

He could be referencing our “live and let live” culture—which some Islamic groups do not share in. We essentially say “Works for you? Great!” and foolishly expect that others will do the same to us.…

Undergroundpewster - Are We Ignoring the Lessons Of Auschwitz?

Judging from polls that show the low levels of knowledge of history among American youth over the past several decades, it is not a question of ignoring the lessons, it is a question of ignorance…

Undergroundpewster - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

I am not sure what principle he is referring too. Probably something he sees that restrains us from confronting Islam. Could it be moral relativism?

DaveG - Those Ignorant Christians

Add to that identification of Nobel winners that believe in God that “Overall, Jews have won a total of 41% of all the Nobel Prizes in economics, 28% of medicine, 26% of Physics, 19% of…

B. Hunter - Are We Ignoring the Lessons Of Auschwitz?

I do think most of us have trouble believing that folks can be so barbaric as the radical Sunni Muslims.  By the time we actually figure out how horrible they are it can be too…

B. Hunter - Will EPA Regs Jeopardize Energy Availability This Winter?

Anyone remember the song “Freeze a Yankee” when Brisco was Governor of Texas?    Except this time they are doing it to themselves.

BillB - Will EPA Regs Jeopardize Energy Availability This Winter?

Oh even more than that.  Our Elite Leftist Overlords will divert power from “Fly-over Country” to their big cities if there is a crisis. Also any other energy resources such as natural gas and heating…

B. Hunter - Those Ignorant Christians

Too bad the Nobel prize has been politicized by the left as of late, with geniuses such as Gore and Obama receiving the award - completely undeserved.