October 20, 2014

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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

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.

The Week

Marry These People or Else

9 I saw this over the weekend, and given the peculiar circumstances I wanted to give it some thought before posting. Having done so, my conclusion is that, yep, the gay fascists are seeking to run…

Horus Reads the Internet

4 harsh, but fair: ... because ... you’re ... a ... Biblically-illiterate buffoon who has never listened to a single Christian sermon on the issue, talked with a single Christian…

Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

14 Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, who has now apparently been fully informed about what a private law firm has been doing in the name of her city, has announced that the city has made a…

John Hagee Plays Israel Politics With Ebola

5 I love Israel, and think Jerusalem is the coolest place on Earth. Ebola is a worry, for sure, especially with the incompetent and politicized way our government is dealing with it. But John Hagee, America’s…

Houston: Don’t Blame Us, We’re Asleep At the Switch

19 There has been an outpouring of outrage over the subpoenas issued by the city of Houston to several local pastors for sermons and private communications with their churches. Late today, the city decided to plead…

LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis… is ‘long overdue’

27 Boy do these tactics sound familiar to those of us who have been through similar meetings in TEC. Most of you know that I, along with all reformed folks of…

Gay Brownshirts: All Your Sermons Belong to Us

11 Remember Ake Green, the Swedish pastor who was threatened with jail time for preaching a sermon against homosexual behavior back in 2004? No one has ever confused Houston with Sweden, but as…

GAFCON and Global South Primates Issue Joint Statement

20 In what must be seen as a significant move of further consolidation of purpose, the primates of GAFCON and the Global South have issued a joint statement concerning the investiture of…

Sydney Anglican Synod Motion on Anglican Communion

10 The following motion was passed in the last hour by the 50th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. 9.23 Global Anglicanism Synod – (a) gives God thanks for the…

American decadence plus Mexican fatalism equals terror, tyranny

6 The news out of Mexico is horrific.  Almost fifty students from a teaching college were rounded up by the police, and apparently handed over to a drug…

Is the ACNA Part of the Anglican Communion?

12 I personally am quite happy that the ACNA is not recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury. I would surrender my orders in the ACNA should we seek…

Transgender Trouble in the Heartland

18 Nebraska? Really? A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.…

Another One for the SSM Bandwagon

8 Well, that didn’t take long: A federal appeals court in California on Tuesday became the latest to declare a constitutional right for gays to marry, overturning prohibitions in Idaho and Nevada. The U.S.…

The Gospel, the Gospels and Rome - Where Do We Draw the Line?

8 One of the most difficult (and seemingly intractible) questions that Protestants must engage with is our common response to the Roman Catholic Church (“RCC”). Anyone with even a limited grasp of the events of the…

Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

52 What a fascinating time in the Anglican Communion we are experiencing. Forced by Katherine Jefferts Schori’s usual crudity after her announcing at a TEC House of Bishops meeting that the Lambeth Meeting would be delayed…

Recent Comments

tjmcmahon - Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

Michael, I note from what I imagine is the same wikipedia article, that there are also 6 retired bishops who are appointed as assisting bishops in the diocese- so while administration of the diocese must…

MichaelA - Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

tj, now I think about it, it is rather extraordinary.  Dio Exeter has one diocesan bishop assisted by two suffragans.  According to wikipedia it has 506 parishes and 600+ churches. How do three bishops minister…

MichaelA - LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis... is ‘long overdue’

Who will be his replacement on the tribunal?

Katherine - Marry These People or Else

Cranmerian, you make a good point.  A Jewish couple who were not especially observant but nonetheless want something vaguely Jewish rather than the Christian services this couple offers—could they be refused?

Jim the Puritan - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

In my state the judge does not sign a subpoena.  (Which is one thing which makes it different from a “warrant,” in which a judge’s signature is necessary to get a warrant to arrest someone…

Gartenfrau - Horus Reads the Internet

I saw this last night and enjoyed it!  My favorite video is still St Patrick trying to explain the Trinity to Donall and Conall.

deanlhh - Marry These People or Else

After Maryland redefined marriage in 2013 I decided that I would no longer serve as an agent for the state when it came to weddings.  The couples I have married since that decision have understood…

SkyFox - Marry These People or Else

You have three choices.  You may 1.  Convert to secularism, or you may 2.  Pay a fine, or we will 3.  . . . . . .  (oh, my!)

Cranmerian - Marry These People or Else

I asked this question on the First Things Facebook page, and I’ll ask it here.  If these ministers were to have a heterosexual couple come to them and ask to do a ceremony, but then…

Words Matter - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

I’m still wondering how the city attorney dismissed 35,000 signatures the city secretary had already certified.  Lawsuit,  yes,  but maybe having an FBI investigation?  Probably not.  Better if the state attorney general investigates.

timmysdaman - Marry These People or Else

P.S.  Lefties love unions right?  This should work!!!

timmysdaman - Marry These People or Else

A follow up question to the “exit question (Is it time, at the very least, for Christian churches to stop allowing non-members to use facilities for weddings, and for pastors to stop performing weddings for…

David Fischler - Marry These People or Else

I agree with you both.

Br. Michael - Marry These People or Else

“This is getting very close to the situation we were assured would never happen, where churches are forced to perform same-sex weddings regardless of religious convictions or moral objections.” As if anyone actually believed this. …

Wallaby - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

Judge Robert Shaffer, 152nd District Court and not on ballot, again, until 2016.  Judges elected in 2012 seem to have difficulty following the constitution.

Newbie Anglican - Marry These People or Else

A better question: Are we at a time for open defiance of authorities who violate Constitutional freedoms and rule of law? If we aren’t there yet, we are darn close.