July 3, 2015


The Episcopal Church: Undermining the USA from Within (and Betraying Christians)

The Episcopal Church is complicit in a Government program to bring in Muslim refugees from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, because the Government pays it for them—but its largesse does not extend to Christian refugees.

[Bumped] Promises, Promises: What Now for the Loyal Opposition in Mississippi?

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is on an irreversible path toward full-on celebration and normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism, and any other deviant sexual cause that becomes fashionable among the theological leftists who run the diocese.

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


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

The Week


5 A “church” that preaches and blesses blasphemy cannot be a church. Nor can any Christian be a member of it. The religious organization that styles itself “The Episcopal ‘Church’” now

Good News for July 4: Oregon Repeals First Amendment (UPDATED)

2 It’s not enough that Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein have been fined $135,000 for the “emotional distress” they inflicted on a pair of wilting lesbian flowers. The state, in the person…

The All Evil Oreo

13 Isn’t it strange that the progressives don’t care if our young kill their unborn, have sex with any number of individuals or allow filth to pour forth from their mouths but what they eat -…

Then and Now

7 Old and busted: By history and tradition the definition and regulation of marriage has been treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States….The significance of state responsibilities for the definition and…

Multiple Partner Marriages Coming to a Courthouse Near You?

8 That didn’t take long.  “We’ll have to deny that, let me go grab the other supervisor real quick so I can get confirmation but as far as I’m aware you…

Poetic Justice for the Bishop of Los Angeles

11 Bishop J. Jon Bruno of Los Angeles, he of the forkèd tongue, has finally met with a degree of poetic justice worthy of his nefarious aims. I have previously reported in these pages

The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

33 These are the bishops—as nearly as we can tell—who voted no to TEC’s announcing that marriage is now gender-neutral. I’ve tried to divide them by categories [ie, Diocesans, Province 9, etc.] Just a reminder—we…

A Little #lovewins Fun

7 I’ve been having some fun tonight. Feel free to share with others…

Episcopal Church service celebrates language of sexual misconduct

9 Once upon a time, in fact, still today on paper, the Episcopal Church argued for healthy boundaries to prevent sexual abuse of adults and children, and to preserve the holiness…

Bishop Martins at GC: “the Episcopal Church has, today, effectively redefined marriage”

25 I am very proud of the few conservatives who are deputies at General Convention—they do what they can, even while they watch the church commit seppuku. Having been there for two conventions it is exceedingly…

It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!

15 Well, that didn’t take long. On Sunday, less than 48 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court imposed same-sex marriage on all 50 states, one of the most prominent religion journalists in the country called for…

Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry

25 1) Over a nine-year period, conservative and moderate Episcopalians will eventually recognize that, like the current Presiding Bishop, Bishop Curry does not share our faith or commitments or most basic values or foundational worldview. As…

A Psalm for Today

2 When contemplating current events, it helps me to remember King Solomon’s contention that there is nothing new under the sun.  In fact, Ecclesiastes contains on of my

Here’s an oasis in the midst of all the crazy bad news

5 The crazy bad news is real.  Stand Firm is all over it, both in the church and in the world. For whatever reason (and I’m not asking or analyzing, just giving thanks and praise), God’s…

Trouble Ahead for US Churches?

23 The Supreme Court is an anomaly. It is neither “Supreme” (since it can overrule itself at any time that five justices think differently, and also can be overruled by statute or constitutional amendment) nor—after yesterday’s…

Recent Comments

watt - Apologia

I am in a somewhat similar situation (the main differences being: relatively recent Episcopalian, in an orthodox diocese as well as parish).  But, as with Mr. Haley, I don’t see how I can remain a…

Blue Cat Man - Apologia

Please know that you, your family, and your parish are in our prayers May God be with you and yours during this time. Christ’s blessings.

Tegularius - The All Evil Oreo

Only if one abandons any idea of words having substantive meanings does it make sense to use the word “progressives” to mean “the leadership of the Conservative Party”. The “no true Scotsman” fallacy: basically, arguing…

JuliaInVa - Apologia

I don’t know if it would be considered relevant in this forum—but at some point it would be very interesting to have a survey of where former Episcopalians are now. In what denominations have they…

Karen B. - Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry

I watched the video of +Curry’s closing Eucharist sermon at General Convention https://episcopalchurch.wistia.com/medias/q8mmopf6zu It’s easy to see how he impresses people.  There are quite a few things he says which I applaud.  If you took…

Militaris Artifex - The All Evil Oreo

Jeffersonian, Congratulations on your coinage of what my be an original neologism. To wit, proglodytes. Pax et bonum, Keith Töpfer

Militaris Artifex - A Little #lovewins Fun

Words Matter, As a recently transplanted Texan (Oct 2014—from a suburb of Seattle, WA,  to San Antonio, TX) I regret to inform you that you might not have to wait too long if the talk…

Adam 12 - Apologia

The question we all have had to ask ourselves is who is being glorified at our altars. Solemn reflection on that is sobering. Being indifferent is likely dangerous to our souls.

Militaris Artifex - Apologia

Dear Mr. Haley, You will be in my prayers as you embark on the journey to a faithful ecclesial community.  As encouragement, I can only attest the peace which the similar journey of myself and…

ToAllTheWorld - The All Evil Oreo

Couldn’t help but be reminded:  “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”  (Matthew 15:11, ESV)

dwstroudmd+ - The All Evil Oreo

Tegularius, do you actually believe in a non-Derridian substantive meaning of words, or are you just being coy? Or, worse, do you think politicians particularly are always upfront and truthful about their deepest motivations and…

dwstroudmd+ - Good News for July 4: Oregon Repeals First Amendment (UPDATED)

He’s angling for higher office and thinks he’s found his venue.  One wonders how he will react when he is meted the same “justice” he gives. What a ridiculous set of rulings he gives.

sactohye - Good News for July 4: Oregon Repeals First Amendment (UPDATED)

This Brad Avakian, who is Armenian, has forgotten where he came from and has forgotten the Armenian Genocide.  He has become a terrorist in the heavy-handed way he is treating these Christian people.  His mindset…

Karen B. - Episcopal Church service celebrates language of sexual misconduct

Jill, such an insightful comment.  Thanks.

Jeffersonian - Episcopal Church service celebrates language of sexual misconduct

We live and breathe in Romans 1, do we not? This sort of thing is inevitable, and is just the beginning.  When your entire identity is wrapped around what you do with your sex organs,…

Jeffersonian - The All Evil Oreo

Freedom for proglodytes begins and end with the sex organs.