May 29, 2015

Features

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.

“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

The Week

Moloch Cult Demands Fealty From Unbelievers

3 A new bill passed by the California State Assembly will require crisis pregnancy centers that perform ultrasounds, among other procedures, to refer clients for abortion services, regardless of their religious convictions. According to

Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

7 Behold the future leaders of fascism in America the United States: The College Fix has more: More than 20 UC Santa Barbara students disrupted the…

Disagreement w/ EpiscoLeft = “homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired”

14 In a bat-droppings crazy blog post, EpiscoLeft insider Lionel Deimel muses about the need for better selection of bishops. He starts out fine, Even for those who…

Imagine that.  (And happy birthday, Dante).

4 In anticipation of Dante Alighieri’s birthday commemoration on May 29, The Independent (UK) ran a stimulating piece by Ian Thomson, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy endures as one of…

[Reposted From Memorial Day] What do we mean when we say “God Bless America”

13 Sometimes I think some of the more earnest, serious, or morose among us wonder what “God Bless America” actually means.  Is it a demand of God?  Do we think we deserve His blessing?  Is it…

Mainline Anti-Semite: Israel Committing a “Holocaust”

3 Via Mark Tooley in the American Spectator comes one of the most unhinged, evidence-free rants I’ve seen in a while from the anti-Semites in the United Methodist Church. This one is from…

Ireland the Latest Domino to Fall

14 Believe it or not, the Republic of Ireland has become the first country on Earth to adopt same sex marriage by a vote of the population. According to Reuters: Irish voters backed same-sex…

Latest on Gay Propaganda and Its Effect

2 Two apparently unrelated pieces of news this week are, in fact, tied firmly together under the heading “gay propaganda.” First, there’s this from the Daily Caller regarding a bogus “study” about changing…

A Word on Martha and Mary

2 Today’s Daily Office includes Luke’s account of Jesus at Martha’s house. Last year, that lesson inspired

“It does not happen in my diocese with my permission”: Bishop Bruno, to the New York Times reporter

32 [Bumped again—because it’s always good to see lying bishops]. [Bumped, because it’s too priceless not to see again, and

Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

13 A snarky little blog post in the OC (Orange County, CA) Weekly tells the tale. Even after The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its…

Statement of St. James’ (Anglican) Rector on TEC Fire Sale

4 Received by email: We have been informed that Bishop J. Jon Bruno has announced the pending sale of the Via Lido church property and apparently, the dissolution of any remnant congregation there.  This is disappointing…

TEC to sell off another church it “won”

7 The Diocese of Los Angeles will be selling off the property currently known as St. James’ Church.  The…

Interview with Kanishka Raffel, soon to be Dean of Sydney Cathedral

Kanishka Raffel, who was announced as the new Dean of Sydney Anglican Cathedral this Sunday, was good enough to sit down this weekend and answer a few questions for our readers. I’m very…

[Oz] Kanishka Raffel is new Dean of Sydney

Some wonderful news to report from here in Australia. Announcements have been made this morning in both Sydney and Perth that the new dean of Sydney Cathedral is Kanishka Raffel, currently the Rector…

Recent Comments

Nellie - Moloch Cult Demands Fealty From Unbelievers

Another blow to religious freedom in the former land of the free. These people don’t give up.

Nikolaus - Disagreement w/ EpiscoLeft = "homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired"

Liar-nel is just a special kind of goofy.

helpmelord - Moloch Cult Demands Fealty From Unbelievers

Thanks, Doug Stein. Hilarious!

Newbie Anglican - Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

At least the protesters let the event continue.  I am pleasantly surprised they did as events have been completely shut down or cancelled elsewhere.

dwstroudmd+ - Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

The protesters were apparently trying to get in a needed elective activity for a TEc simianary vacancy! Or, possibly, an open position on the Executive Committee where they needed to validate that they had indeed…

Jeremy Bonner - Disagreement w/ EpiscoLeft = "homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired"

As a matter of history, Bob Duncan was not shortlisted to succeed Alden Hathaway, despite the nominating committee containing several conservatives, but nominated from the floor by a long list of petitioners, including several very…

Bill2 - Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

I will say this.  At least they left.  It’s churlish infantile behavior to be sure, I remember in the mid-80s where the radicals who were protesting folks like Jeanne Kirkpatrick and made such a nuisance…

Doug Stein - Moloch Cult Demands Fealty From Unbelievers

With thanks to Douglas Adams, here’s how you comply with this law: “But Ms Everitt, the abortion notices have been available in the local CPC for the last nine months.” “Oh yes, well as soon…

Jim the Puritan - Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

The LGBT want just a little lebensraum.  Nothing more, meine Damen und Herren.  Nichts mehr, nichts mehr, I can assure you.

via orthodoxy - Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

#2-  And also to Fortune 500 companies apparently. They all seem to be tripping over one another about how inclusive they can become. The company I work for recently kicked off a campaign about how…

Undergroundpewster - Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

Traditional marriage must be very threatening to earthly powers and Satan to elicit such a response.

helpmelord - Campus Speech Nazis Strike Again

Probably getting their education paid for by parents and grants. If they had to pay for it themselves, they might actually stick to, say, STUDYING.

Timothy Fountain - Disagreement w/ EpiscoLeft = "homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired"

Dick, as a TEC priest, I am so grateful for faithful lay people like yourself out there.  I share in the “not sure anyone is listening” feeling.

Dick Mitchell - Disagreement w/ EpiscoLeft = "homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired"

Thanks, Fr. Tim, for this post.  The blogger took a valid point—what happened with the Heather Cook selection process?—and turned it into a hit piece on folks he didn’t like.  I agree with his underlying…

SC blu cat lady - Disagreement w/ EpiscoLeft = "homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired"

OOPS! #9 is from me. My apologies! That is what I get for commenting before checking to see who is logged into Stand Firm…..Sigh, two people, one computer.

Blue Cat Man - Disagreement w/ EpiscoLeft = "homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired"

Good point, Tim+. Indeed, they should be asking the Bishop-elect of Dallas that very question. I suspect he would have a very clear answer that they may not want to hear. Even the GAFCON primates…