August 23, 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


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

God Saved Me

4 Brantly spoke of feeling ill on July 23 and of languishing in the subsequent days under the power of the painful and life-threatening illness. He became the first human to receive an experimental drug called…

Christianity in Public Debate? 2 - vox populi, vox Dei?

for part 1 (The Rejection of Democracy) see here. Our second response to the desire to silence religious voices in public and legislative debate…

The Great Pizza War of 2014

7 Apparently the poobahs at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) are rolling in so much dough, and have so much free time on their hands, that they’ve decided to take…

Praying through the abominable headline news

2 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and…

Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

10 After exclusion from The Episcopal Church (TEC) and in the midst of TEC leadership litigation to dismantle their Christian witness, the original Diocese of South Carolina began to consider alignment options for continuing participation in…

Christianity in Public Debate? 1 - the rejection of democracy

3 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?

8 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…

Recent Comments

St. Nikao - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

#2, #6 - The Diocese of South Carolina is not seeking to be regarded as members of the Canterbury Lambeth Culture and Political Agenda Club, aka, Anglican Communion, but rather to maintain valid Episcopal oversight…

Words Matter - The Great Pizza War of 2014

The atheists can’t make up their minds.  Atheism is not a religion,  they say, but they are being discriminated on the basis of religion,  which they don’t have.  I’m so confused. Seriously,  this is the…

tjmcmahon - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

Jamesw-  excellent summary of the situation in your #8.

jamesw - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

It seems to me that the time has passed since “official” membership in the Anglican Communion has mattered all that much - at least to orthodox Anglicans.  It became very clear in the period from…

Ralph - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

#6, I suppose that I’m confused. But, that would be nothing new. I think I misread the statement “the Global South welcomes them as an active and faithful member within the Global South of the…

Sarah - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

RE: “can anyone now successfully challenge a TEC assertion that DioSC is not part of the Anglican Communion?” It’s not—so why would anybody wish to attempt to challenge the assertion?  RE: “It would seem to…

ADaniel - Got Ice Water?

Good article.  Your article and the triggering events remind of two things.  One, no matter how much good the ALS Bucket Challenge might be doing, there will be people in America with so little to…

Paula Loughlin - God Saved Me

Praise God for the healing of Dr. Brantly.

Katherine - God Saved Me

So far, of the six humans who received doses of the experimental drug zMapp for ebola, five have survived:  Dr. Brantly, Mrs. Writebol, and three Liberian doctors.  The sixth, a Spanish priest, has died.  The…

Karen B. - God Saved Me

There’s also an excellent interview by Ed Stetzer at one of the Christianity Today blogs.  He talks with Nancy Writebol’s family.  So encouraging.  What a great testimony. Read it here.

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - The Great Pizza War of 2014

FFRF is like the kid in the twilight zone episode “It’s a Good Life”. They are spoiled,  spiteful brats. It would be funny, but the problem is that, like the kid, they can do real…

Undergroundpewster - God Saved Me

Thanks be to God, praise Him above all others!

tjmcmahon - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

In point of fact, Ralph, the Diocese is “aligned” (using your terminology) with the Global South (via its steering committee) and not Gafcon per se (which is a group within that group, plus the ACNA). …

Ralph - Global South Steering Committee Accepts Oversight Request from South Carolina

In multiple places, the Highly Authoritative and Always Accurate Wikipedia says that DioSC “ no longer part of the Anglican Communion.” See: “” Perhaps the page now needs a bit of editing by diocesan authorities.…

Katherine - The Great Pizza War of 2014

David, I’m sure Justice will be right on it, just as soon as they recall those forty Civil Rights Division lawyers from Ferguson, Missouri.

iojet - Got Ice Water?

This article takes a sadly predictable turn from pouring water on our heads does not detract from lack of access to clean water to Africa is a screw-up for not being able to have access…