August 21, 2014

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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.

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.

The Week

Christianity in Public Debate? 1 - the rejection of democracy

1 I can’t be the only Christian who’s been told “Religion has no place in politics”. It’s a widely-held view, and one expressed to me most recently by a journalist from a national newspaper whilst interviewing…

Got Ice Water?

5 I ran across this image recently as a commentary on the ALS ice-water challenge, and I wanted to say something about it. The meme is either an attempt to characterize Americans as wasteful and frivolous,…

When it comes to Genocide

4 It seems like the world is ready to replace Nie Wieder with Vielleicht. #genocide #ISIS #christiansiniraq— Timothy Fountain (@NPASDK) August 20, 2014 And for those…

Presiding Bishop Rules out Settlement; San Joaquin to Appeal

11 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?

13 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?

6 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

4 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?

2 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…

Recent Comments

Timothy Fountain - When it comes to Genocide

Well done, Ed the Roman.  And probably true.

Andrew W - Christianity in Public Debate? 1 - the rejection of democracy

5. We expect governments to act morally, and to believe that morality and religion are independent is either hopelessly naive, an argument for lowest possible common denominator, or an argument for “might makes right”. (Though…

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

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said Archbishop Amel Shimoun Nona in an interview by Corriere della Sera. “I lost my…

William - Got Ice Water?

My post is sort-of off topic (as usual), but amid the good coming out of this ice-bucket challenge we need to call the ALS Association to account for their support of the pro-abortion fraud of…

William - Will EPA Regs Jeopardize Energy Availability This Winter?

p.s. The health impacts on communities near mountain-top removal mines are not tied to employment in the minefields, rather the apparent causes are the incredibly tainted water supply downstream from these mines and the heavy…

William - Will EPA Regs Jeopardize Energy Availability This Winter?

I’m about as crazy conservative as you get. However, the coal industry has me pretty disgusted with their continued use and defense of mountain-top removal in the Appalachians—also known by the more euphemistic term “mountain-top…

Ed the Roman - Presiding Bishop Rules out Settlement; San Joaquin to Appeal

Rice should tell the tale of General Paulus to The Peeb and suggest that he would not stumble if he were an Archbishop.

Ed the Roman - When it comes to Genocide

Vielleicht will soon be followed by Warum Nicht, and then by Warum So Langsam?

Michael D - Could ISIS Be Coming to a Town Near You?

Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home. This rings true to me.  As an…

Militaris Artifex - Navy Reverses Bible Ban

The most appropriate response to this news is: Bravo Zulu!

Bill2 - Got Ice Water?

I have to go more with Katherine here.  Water’s not like food either.  It simply is or isn’t available based on geology.  You can destroy a loaf of bread and you need to go through…

Br. Michael - Got Ice Water?

I second 1.

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

Living in Metro Detroit, I am probably already living fairly close to those who support ISIS.  A few weeks ago there was a big hullabaloo over the report that Dearborn had the 2nd highest number…

Betty See - When it comes to Genocide

During WW2 the United States demanded nothing less than unconditional surrender from NAZI Germany and Japan. It is worth noting that not only did the United States prosper from this decision but Germany and Japan…

KevinBabb - Presiding Bishop Rules out Settlement; San Joaquin to Appeal

Thank you for that clarification, ASHaley. I had mistakenly thought that the LA cases had already been through the Appellate Court. I am glad to have been wrong.

Fallen - Why Are People Looting Their Own Neighborhood?

While there is no reason to believe that some protesters are not criminals who, given the chance to rob without being caught, would loot local establishments, there is no certainty and reason for some doubt…