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.
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.
Shiny Red Balls & Red Herrings in Upper South Carolina: Three Notes on Bishop Waldo’s Clergy Email
1) The letter from the rector of Christ Church, Greenville was not “about the Task Force” at all. It was, rather, about the bishop’s decision—and his decision alone, as he is the ecclesial authority of this diocese—to approve of the use of the same sex blessings liturgies in this diocese. No other entity has the authority to approve of such rites. It is Bishop Waldo’s decision and his alone. His apparent desire to drag the ironically-named Bishop’s Task Force on Unity into his email to the clergy is . . . interesting.
Waldo To Approve Same Sex Blessings: Truth & Consequences in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
With his actions in approving rites for same sex blessings, Bishop Waldo now brings to the doorstep of the diocese actions that had, over the past ten years, been more abstractly based at the national level of The Episcopal Church. The meltdown in the church as a whole has been simply epic since the decisions of the 2003 General Convention.
PB sermon turns silk purse into sow’s ear
I think that last Sunday’s lesson from Acts is one of the Bible’s best for preaching the liberating power of Christ. It is a passage that even progressives should find inspiring on several levels. Unless you are the Presiding Bishop, who sees the complete opposite. Instead of liberation, there is confinement. Instead of Christ’s glory, there’s just squalor.
Don’t Sign the Letter
Living in a condition of regular unrepentant sexual engagement with a person of the same sex is, according to 1 Cor 6:9-10, damnable. The best thing, the only thing, to be done is to repent, break off the relationship, and turn to Jesus Christ. For the sake of those engaged in this sin (and those who are tempted by it) there can be no pastoral or practical accommodation.
A Facebook Exchange with a COE Bishop
It’s sometimes unpleasant to have one’s rhetorical inconsistencies mocked and it’s sometimes unpleasant to have someone else in one’s organization point out that there’s no commonality on one’s faith.
1 Everyone in Washington knows that the President’s submission of a 2015 budget was nothing more than Kabuki theater, especially since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had announced a couple of days before that the Senate…
(updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex “Blessing” While Diocesan Archdeacon
7 The following comment was left on my website on Wednesday evening, A few years ago a person who is the daughter of Christian friends of mine entered into a lesbian relationship in Canberra.…
Pray for the Ugley Vicar
8 John Richardson, also known as the Ugley Vicar and much loved by many, asks us to pray for him… A short update on what you may…
Red Quiver: A 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
1 The internet has a lot of excellent resources for those seeking assistance with their Lenten Discipline. You might want to check out this great suggestion at the Red Quiver Initiative.During this…
A Modest Proposal to Reform ECUSA (II)
4 In Part I of these posts, I went through the concept of rethinking the Episcopal Church (USA), or ECUSA, in such a way as to restore its pastoral and…
The Most Important Issue in the World
I got an email today from the Presbyterian Church (USA)‘s Office of Public Witness. It was about one of the most important foreign policy issues facing the United States today. That means it had to…
A Modest Proposal to Reform ECUSA (I)
11 The Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church (TREC) has been busy reporting on the ideas it is considering to restructure how ECUSA works, and its proposals have been garnering both positive and negative comments.…
Seeking God’s Face on Ash Wednesday
6 Following a Lenten disciple has always been difficult for me. Sometimes I even make it the full 40 days. Sometimes I don’t. This year I hope to not only complete the process but truly enjoy…
Rev. Rod Bower of Gosford: Jesus Didn’t Die for Our Sins and Atheists can be “Kingdom People”
10 You’ve got to give it to Rev. Rod Bowers, Rector of Gosford Anglican and denier of heaven and hell, he’s not shy about saying what he believes (or, more accurately, doesn’t believe). So,…
German Homeschoolers Will Not Be Deported
10 That’s the news out of the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Christian Post: The Department of Homeland Security has granted a special status to the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family…
1 Reviewing the news this morning made me think of Anne Kennedy’s “Seven Quick Takes” posts. I’ve come to love those posts on her blog. They are lovely vignettes that give us…
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez
1 Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez or as they say in the rest of the country, Let the good times roll! Today, for the uninitiated, is Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. The last day of the feast…
Meanwhile, in a parallel Episcopalian universe
4 TLF+ note: I wish I could transport church progressives here, so that they might understand what it is like to be a theologically traditional Evangelical, Anglo Catholic or Charismatic in TEC today… The dramatic changes…
NJ teen an icon of the PB, legal team and their enablers?
10 There’s a story out of New Jersey about a teenager and some friends with whom she lives suing her parents for tuition money. That’s an interesting story in…
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church to Vote Sunday on Leaving PCUSA for ECO, Despite $8.89 Million Fee
12 Let’s just pause for a moment and reflect that this church is willing to pay . . . an $8.89 million dollar ransom in order to be set free from the PCUSA. . . .…
ToAllTheWorld - (updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex "Blessing" While Diocesan Archdeacon
Twenty years ago, the thing that did the most to convince me that conservatives were losing in the Episcopal Church (actually, that the cause was already lost) was to look at the composition of TEC’s…
Chip Johnson+, cj - (updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex "Blessing" While Diocesan Archdeacon
And people wonder why I am now quite happily an LCMS layman, rather than an Anglican priest.
cennydd13 - A Modest Proposal to Reform ECUSA (I)
There is one thing that we all need to remember: Power gained is not easily surrendered.
Robert Lundy - (updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex "Blessing" While Diocesan Archdeacon
Aren’t you glad she’s on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion: http://anglicancommunion.org/communion/acc/scac/scac_members.cfm
tjmcmahon - Pray for the Ugley Vicar
Prayers for John+. “He has contributed a huge amount to orthodoxy in the CofE.” Indeed, with the advent of the internet, he has had an impact worldwide.
carl+ - Pray for the Ugley Vicar
I appreciate you letting us all know about John’s condition.
Pete Broadbent - Pray for the Ugley Vicar
Of course prayers for John - a friend for 40 years. He has contributed a huge amount to orthodoxy in the CofE.
Katherine - Molech Abroad
Fortunately this budget will never be passed. Half a billion dollars to kill babies in underdeveloped nations. What’s really odd is that leftists purport to see “racism” everywhere, but this proposal to help kill many…
evan miller - Pray for the Ugley Vicar
Thanks David. Will keep him in my prayers.
Undergroundpewster - Pray for the Ugley Vicar
Praying for John. I have followed his blog for many years.
Undergroundpewster - Pray for the Ugley Vicar
Praying for John. I have followed his blog for many years.
Undergroundpewster - (updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex "Blessing" While Diocesan Archdeacon
That sounds much more out in the open the the usual sneaky, small, private “generous pastoral response” that has been going on in TEc for years. I am not aware of any disciplinary action in…
dwstroudmd+ - (updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex "Blessing" While Diocesan Archdeacon
Well, then, I guess Putin won’t be worrying anymore about complaints from either TEc or the Australian church about “creating facts on the ground.” I can hear his sigh of relief here in mid-continental-America.
tjmcmahon - (updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex "Blessing" While Diocesan Archdeacon
“If Dr Macneil was in a senior position in the diocese (as she was at the time, Archdeacons are effectively second only to the bishops) then it also speaks to how people may view her…
Katherine - Pray for the Ugley Vicar
Prayers said and will continue.
Bill2 - (updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex "Blessing" While Diocesan Archdeacon
She learned her lessons well from TEo. She’s simply providing “prophetic witness.” Canons, shmanons. If you can bless a pet or a building, why not a “friendship?” Geez. Get with the program.