May 24, 2016

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On Valorizing Gay Marriage: A Response to Wesley Hill

A better approach is for us to caution as brothers and sisters in the Lord: We appreciate your faithfulness to Christ in abstaining from sexual immorality and your service of the church through your writings. Yet we are concerned that elements of an un-renewed, fleshly mentality permeate some of your thinking about “gay coupling.”

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

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.

The Week

[Oz] Nexus Conference Monday 23 May 2016 Livestream

1 This year’s Nexus Conference is on tomorrow Monday 23 May in Sydney, Australia. Beginning at 915am AEST (UK 00:15 BST, US 1915 EST Sunday night) there’s a great program centred around…

You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

8 The courts are slapping Obama’s US Attorneys with reprimands and sanctions, from all parts of the country. On Thursday, federal Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas filed an extraordinary order in the immigration case (Texas…

U.S. Methodists Preparing for Leap Over the Cliff

5 Following in the now well-established tradition of self-destruction, the Methodist Church readies its strategy as it prepares to jump off the cliff.  .The United Methodist Church’s Book…

ECUSA Loses in Quincy—Again

5 Two of the four pending court cases involving realigning dioceses had further developments this week. In Illinois, the Episcopal Church’s protracted efforts to punish the Anglican Diocese of Quincy by freezing its bank accounts and…

Are Your State Dollars Paying for Abortion?

1 That said, one area of concern for pro-lifers is that an increasing percentage of abortions are being paid for by Medicaid. The Hyde amendment largely prevents federal taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions. However, approximately…

DOJ Issues Threats to Schools

16 Recent guidance from the DOJ was sent to schools with threats of funding cuts for non-compliance..As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny…

What’s Wrong with the Law, and in Particular with Harvard Law School

25 This is one of the more remarkable, blatant and contemptuous liberal screeds ever to appear on the Internet. I graduated almost fifty years ago from the school where…

Eve of Extinction for Christians in Syria?

1 While we fight over bathrooms, Christians in parts of the Middle East fight for survival.Only a handful of mostly sick or elderly Christians remain in the…

NC Takes on Feds

14 Having been given an ultimatum to misuse his powers to overturn a state law or face the federal Goliath, the governor of North Carolina decided to fight back. …

Group Seeks to Cancel National Day of Prayer at Marine Corp University

2 Evidently the members of this group have never been in a foxhole.  Clark said MRFF’s goal to remove every semblance of religion in the military cannot be allowed to happen,…

Government-Regulated Health Care in a Nutshell

31 This graph explains it all, in just one image (H/T: Powerline): Note in passing that the growth in the number of doctors is far below the corresponding growth…

Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age

7 Can men live without God? “The greatest question of our time,” offered historian Will Durant, “is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus the…

Potty Training

28 Did it even cross anyone’s mind five years ago that we would be spending this much time discussing potty issues?  If my grandmother were alive, she would be taking a wooden spoon to somebody.  After…

GAFCON Primates Issue Communiqué - “A Global Family of Authentic Anglicans”

13 The GAFCON Primates have met this week in Nairobi and have issued their closing communiqué which focuses on a number of programs to grow the movement; the announcement of plans for GAFCON 2018, training for…

Magnificient Things from a Magnificient God

3 As a child, I was terrified of thunder and lightning storms which was likely a clue I picked up from my Mom.  My Dad, however, did not share that phobia and revelled in such events. …

Recent Comments

Nikolaus - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

In discussing comparison between Obama and Nixon, let’s not overlook the fact that Hillary was on the staff investigating Watergate.  According to her boss he fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give…

Paula Loughlin - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

That so many on the Left cannot grasp the violation of ethics this entailed explains a lot of their salt the earth behavior against those who don’t agree with them.

B. Hunter - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

This administration makes the Nixon administration look like Boy Scouts.

aacswfl1 - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

No accountability for the progressives; strict accountability for the remainder of us…once again, the rule of law is being flushed away…another reason why it is necessary to keep certain people out of positions of power…

David Ould - [Oz] Nexus Conference Monday 23 May 2016 Livestream

if you’re watching along do tweet with the hashtag #Nexus16 to let us know!

Jim the Puritan - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

Yes, what Obama has regularly done is many magnitudes worse that the things for which Nixon was impeached.  It shows two things.  A weak, corrupt and ineffective Congress.  And a corrupt media which is now…

Nellie - U.S. Methodists Preparing for Leap Over the Cliff

They don’t even have the honesty or the guts to cut to the chase. Everyone knows exactly what the decision will be. One would think they must know that the Lord knows what they’re up…

Katherine - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

” I wonder if any of these federal judges are mysteriously and coincidentally going to get selected for taxpayer compliance audits in the near future.”  An excellent question.  Another point is that this corrupt “Justice”…

Daniel - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

So, Nixon was going to be impeached for trying to use the IRS against his enemies, and what has happened to Obama for actually using the IRS against his enemies?  When I took taxation in…

Pb - You Mean the Dept. of Justice Has to Act Justly??

Some time ago a Phoenix TV reporter stated that Arizona had passed a law making it unlawful to be an illegal immigrant.  She may have been right for the wrong reason.

Undergroundpewster - U.S. Methodists Preparing for Leap Over the Cliff

The make up of the Bishops’ committee will tell us which way this is going to go.

Katherine - U.S. Methodists Preparing for Leap Over the Cliff

On the other hand, the Methodists voted (61%) to require all UM boards and groups to disassociate from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and voted (74%) to delete a previous resolution commending the work…

Daniel - U.S. Methodists Preparing for Leap Over the Cliff

Don’t feel sorry for the “poor bishopy souls.”  They know exactly what they are doing.  They are ravenous wolves among the sheep and will have no excuse when they stand before God to give account. …

Jeffersonian - U.S. Methodists Preparing for Leap Over the Cliff

I remember a story about one of the old Greek Stoic philosophers who was asked by a wealthy man whether he should do some public, degrading thing for a large sum of money someone had…

dwstroudmd+ - What's Wrong with the Law, and in Particular with Harvard Law School

The John Hopkins experience as related by Dr. McHugh : http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/06/15145/    The Touchstone article mention above at 23 : http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=29-03-025-v  Surgical Fantasy

Pb - What's Wrong with the Law, and in Particular with Harvard Law School

I understand that the World Health Organization considers it a delusion and hence a mental illness.