February 21, 2017

Features

On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

What shamed me was knowing that, for the third time in my lifetime, my government was turning a blind eye to genocide.

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.

The Week

CofE Clergy Refuse to “Take Note” of “Orthodox” Bishops’ Report on Marriage

3 Yes, I know that’s a lot of quote marks for the title of a blog post so let me explain. There was a bit of an earthquake in central London today as the General Synod…

The Sufficiency of Scripture

It has been a long time since I’ve posted on Stand Firm. I have been tied up with increasingly time consuming parish work, six growing kids, a new house (same church, same city) and, most…

Solipsism Defined

7 Via Katherine Timpf at National Review Online comes word that transgender ideology has not only jumped the shark, it has destroyed it using a bunker buster bomb. Ms. Timpf–who seemingly lives…

Voyeurism and Transgender Bathrooms

1 Social scientist coined the term unintended consequences.  Of course, the question remains whether the consequences of the sexual agenda push is indeed unintended.  .  On January 14, 2017…

A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

9 The ever-litigious bunch at 815 Second Avenue, the New York headquarters of ECUSA, may be getting a taste of their own medicine. Or it may just be a case of litigation inculturated beyond the point…

Logos Bible Software Review

1 I’ve just published a review of Logos Bible software. Here’s my summary: If you’re looking to buy a some Bible software then Logos would be a…

Collapse into Incoherence

5 Once upon a time, Katie Couric was a journalist. Today, she shines forth as the woman who has demonstrated beyond all argument the utter incoherence of the libertine left. From Newsbusters via, of…

The Real Bigotry Against Middle Easterners

4 At the Gatestone Institute, Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut has a terrific piece highlighting the real bigotry in the response of the West to the crisis of Middle Eastern refugees. Despite all the…

The Fast of Jonah

Each year, the Assyrian Church of the East as well as others among the Eastern churches observe something called the Fast of Jonah. It is based on Jonah 3:6-9: The word reached the king of…

God’s Will–Not Our Own

1 There is little these days that comes out of Hollywood that I find to be “sage advice” so when I read this from Reba McIntyre, it lightened my heart. …

Some Badly Needed Perspective

4 Regardless of where you stand in the political divide, you will find this article of interest assuming you are interested in facts.  Nor is what Trump has done particularly unusual, let…

On Holocaust Remembrance Day

5 Today is the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and as such is internationally observed as Holocaust Remembrance Day. As I have noted here before, the fact that the world remembers the Holocaust has…

Paul’s Conversion. And Mine.

2 Today is the feast day of the conversion of St. Paul, a moment that for most Christians has to rank as one of the most important moments in history. I’ll let Paul himself explain… 1Tim.…

Queen’s Chaplain Who Objected to Quranic Readings at Cathedral Service Resigns

5 Less than a week after one of the Queen’s Chaplains spoke out against an Islamic Prayer denying the divinity of Jesus Christ being read out in a Scottish Cathedral, the senior churchman has tendered his…

Really Cool Picture

1 CNN has this super cool interactive picture of President Trump’s inauguration available on line.  You can click on the picture and zoom out all the way to the Washington Monument.  There…

Recent Comments

Jackie - CofE Clergy Refuse to "Take Note" of "Orthodox" Bishops' Report on Marriage

Isn’t it a shame that we now live in a world where “loud voices” have replaced civilized debate?  I guess they figured out it was a great way to avoid dealing with the facts.

David Fischler - Solipsism Defined

Re #5 I don’t think it’s about Christian marriage any more. It may be about all marriage, which people of the LGBTQIIXYZ persuasion hate with a purple passion, but I think as much as anything…

B. Hunter - Solipsism Defined

This is all just pure insanity… Seems like a lot of effort in order to destroy the concept of Christian Marriage, no? Satan is a busy guy these days…

Nikolaus - Solipsism Defined

Absolute nuts.  Looney tunes.  Crackpots.  IN! SANE!  I could go on but you get the idea.

Daniel - Solipsism Defined

I’m gonna term this one the priapism of the id. 

Jackie - Solipsism Defined

There are a lot of words I could string together to express my real feelings about this but I have it on good authority the FCC would smack the proprietor herein who has advised the…

Katherine - Solipsism Defined

“Everyday Feminism” magazine posted this gibberish?  Gosh, I remember when feminism was about women.  Remember women?  We used to be identified as humans with XX chromosomes.  Now, according to this nonsense, we don’t exist except…

Katherine - Voyeurism and Transgender Bathrooms

This is precisely what I’ve been trying to tell people about the “bathroom bill” in North Carolina.  It’s not about transsexuals, that is, males who’ve had surgical changes and take female hormones.  It’s about predators…

rwkachur - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Kafka….

rwkachur - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Somewhere Kafak is smiling.

Marie Blocher - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Typical fight over who gets to be the next Capo.

David Fischler - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Thanks for an excellent, in fact schadenfreud-tastic post (and I’m not even Episcopalian!). I think that if there was any doubt at all, it’s now official. The Episcopal Church is no longer an ecclesial body.…

Katherine - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Yup, Pewster.  But here, everybody will lose because of the litigation costs.  Couldn’t happen to a more appropriate group.

Undergroundpewster - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

This like having to watch a Super Bowl contest between two teams you dislike.

Jackie - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Oh my.  Should we call this Piskie schadenfreude? Certainly brings to mind that old saying, Hoist on one’s own petard.

Daniel - A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Do we have to confess for schadenfreude if it’s just over Pharisees and scribes?  Reminds me of the practice of fragging that occurred in Vietnam.