August 29, 2016

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

Plebiscites, Popular Votes, Principles, Presumptions and Pragmatics

2 See, I can do alliteration like the best of them. Buckle yourself in, this may be a slightly longer ride. This weekend has seen a remarkable exchange in the media between the two main political…

Lie to Me

10 Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, says in a training video detailing how to accommodate transgender students that privacy issues regarding the student prevent the district from informing parents about…

ELCA Lutherans Play State Department

9 You probably missed it (I know I did), but the German Foreign Ministry in the U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently concluded its triennial national gathering. In between re-arranging the deck chairs on its…

A Catholic’s View of Episcopal Feminist Theology

10 A bit tardy, perhaps—but since she is still giving sermons, and will soon once again be teaching at a school of divinity (this time not as its head, but as the Visiting Professor of…

Choosing Abortion

5 Pro-Choice author Miriam Claire on her abortion:   “I was performing as a singer in “Evita” in London in 1984 when I discovered that I was pregnant……

Germany and Australia Suspend World Vision Funds

1 According to the Jerusalem Post, Germany and Australia have decided that news that funds given to World Vision for relief and development efforts in the Gaza Strip have been diverted to Hamas…

Israel: World Vision Helps Fund Hamas

1 A major scandal involving the evangelical humanitarian organization World Vision has broken in Israel. It seems WV–which has pursued an anti-Israel agenda for years–has got terrorist moles in its work in the…

Who Says You Can’t Discriminate By Religion in Immigration?

4 Remember when Donald Trump proposed stopping Muslim immigration into the United States, and liberals across the land were outraged? Good times, good times. The complete lack of liberal outrage concerning actual, as opposed to prospective,…

Pope Francis: How Low Can He Go?

13 Someone needs to tell Pope Francis to stop talking to reporters on his plane. He just gets in trouble. From Agence France-Presse: Pope Francis said Sunday that…

THIS is the Alternative? (UPDATED)

9 I’ve been hearing from a lot of people that, given the dismal choices we’ve been handed by the major parties in their presidential nominees, it’s time to think about a third party, and that means…

Nutcase Tosses Other Nutcases Red Meat

9 It’s very convenient when anti-Semites out themselves–makes it easier to keep track of them. That’s especially the case when they happen to sit in the United States Congress. Behold the brilliance…

Behold the Sinking Ship

16 The neo-pagans running the Episcopal Church may have won a lots of battles, but they’re still going to lose the war. In the process, a lot of Anglicans and other former Episcopalians are going to…

Going the Full Godwin

6 Would you like to know just how insane American politics have gotten? On my Facebook feed this morning, one of the three “trending” items was the explosion of righteous indignation about the alleged “Nazi salute”…

Trouble in Bakersfield

5 A popular School Board member in California has decided not to see re-election because it is now against the law for him to dissent from California’s mandate about sex education in schools.  Thus it is…

Liberals to United Methodist Church: Drop Dead (THIRD UPDATE)

12 The United Methodist Church in the western United States is dying. The Western Jurisdiction (which encompasses all U.S. states west of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona) is in a terminal death spiral, having lost well…

Recent Comments

Paula Loughlin - Lie to Me

This is the position that this administration has put school officials in.  It would be great if districts had the ready cash and time to use common sense and defy the directives they receive on…

Jackie - Plebiscites, Popular Votes, Principles, Presumptions and Pragmatics

David - Excellent analysis.  I commend you for urging your fellow voters to let their voice be heard.  We are hearing a lot of that here given the paltry choices we have for a president.

Undergroundpewster - Plebiscites, Popular Votes, Principles, Presumptions and Pragmatics

If the vote occurs and the result is “No”, does Australia have a court like we in the U.S. do that can negate the will of the people?

Jim the Puritan - Lie to Me

We’ve come a long way since my first year of college, when dorms were still single-sex, and men were not allowed in the women’s dorm after 7 p.m.

Carpe DCN - Lie to Me

In the ‘60’s I worked toward and recieved a BS degree in Psychology.  Thanks be to God that I did not continue to climb the educational ladder where my education would have been Piled Higher…

Undergroundpewster - Lie to Me

“That’s not the easy answer; it’s the right answer. And in some cases, it’s going to cause issues,” If it was the right answer it would not cause any issues. Right? After all, their answer…

ToAllTheWorld - Lie to Me

“What would be results do you suppose if the video had suggested students would be assigned to dorms according to their genitalia…?”  The results would be sanity restored to a part of our country.  The…

dwstroudmd+ - Lie to Me

“What would be results do you suppose if the video had suggested students would be assigned to dorms according to their genitalia and that you just don’t share that information with the parents of those…

Nikolaus - Lie to Me

I know it’s been working its way through the law for a long time…but I still can’t wrap my head around the notion that a parent has no right to crucial information about their minor…

Daniel - Lie to Me

The epitome of defining deviancy down, or perhaps the sexual equivalent of the zombie apocalypse.

Katherine - Lie to Me

I hope many here have read about this major study recently published showing that there is no scientific support for the idea of a “gender identity” apart from biological identity.  It’s a psychological phenomenon.  In…

Jeffersonian - Lie to Me

Meanwhile, my wife got this email from her principal on the subject of holding a completely voluntary prayer group of teachers and staff before school once a week: “Thank you for offering an opportunity for…

Jeffersonian - Behold the Sinking Ship

Satan has long been the Chancellor of this evil institution.  It demise is an unalloyed gain for humanity, as will be the implosion of the denomination that it fed.

Jeffersonian - Pope Francis: How Low Can He Go?

Can we get our Benedict back?  This newer model seems to be defective.

Nellie - Pope Francis: How Low Can He Go?

True, Nikolaus. Logic is noticeably absent in the arguments of both political and religious lefties.

Nikolaus - Pope Francis: How Low Can He Go?

Thanks Nellie - but all of the rigorous and demanding training means nothing when your swinging far left.  Stupidity is the bride of leftism.