November 21, 2014


[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


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.

The Week

UK “journalists” distort study to advocate for LGBT church

Right of the top, the headline stands the study on its head: Poll: Children now describe someone who is religious as dangerous or threatening Yes, 1 in 8…

More than 150 Clergy Sign The Marriage Pledge in 48 Hours

4 Surely your rector needs to prayerfully consider it—you can pass on a link to the pledge here. I think Christian clergy are hungry to clearly and publicly differentiate from the faux state redefinition…

Oh Dear—Jim Naughton is peevish again—so give generously to the IRD

7 You can always tell his level of outrage—and the effort to obscure it—by the sidetracking and the red herrings and the straw men.  Fun to skim . . . My favorite part of the…

One Black Episcopalian on Ferguson

5 I have a Black friend of several decades.  We met in church.  He lives in St. Louis.  Here’s his perspective on the current dynamics in Ferguson - I didn’t solicit this and I don’t claim…

The Marriage Pledge and the Libertarian Solution to the Marriage Debate

16 Okay—so right on time Mere Orthodoxy posts an analysis of The Marriage Pledge and argues that this is a “surrender” to the culture.  You may recall that I’d…

Rusty Reno Makes the Case for Clergy Cutting the Government Out of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

10 His article is at First Things, from which I’ve excerpted the below: It’s time to make a clear distinction between the government-enforced legal regime of marriage and the…

[Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

85 I think this, posted at First Things magazine, is huge. I see that clergy are already signing it, including Episcopal clergy. I think this is precisely what has been needed for some time…

Liberal Activists & Social Media “Firestorms”

9 Remember—when you don’t have anywhere close to the majority about a particular issue, you have to try to create the appearance of a majority that deceives the majority into thinking they’re a minority. One of…

Riffing on Failure & Shattered Dreams

26 This is a bit different from some of my normal writing . . . but perhaps readers will indulge me as I chat about some things I’ve been pondering over the past month or so.…

Liars and the Lying Government Officials Who Hire Them

9 Having someone call you stupid is bad enough.  ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber apparently doesn’t think much of the intelligence of the American people. A new tape has surfaced showing…

Operation Christmas Child

Most of us are familiar with Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child but if you are like me, you often forget to do something about it in time to participate in the…

Virginia Tech Cuts Funding for Conservative Group

7 NOTE:  The original headline originally incorrectly identified the University of Virginia.  It has been corrected to properly identify Virginia Tech. What results do you think would be achieved if a large group of…

OPEN THREAD: Veterans Day

8 Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting a veteran from the Vietnam War and a veteran from the Iraq war, both proud owners of their respective dogs, both suffering much physically and emotionally. As I…

What Values Will Our Children Vote?

4 Dr. Mohler has another interesting article this week that delves into the election results.  He references an op-ed piece from the NY Times written by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurszban.  While…

Sixteen Things Jesus Believes that Many Churchgoers Reject

68 Sixteen things Jesus believes that many American churchgoers reject: 1. That the Old Testament, down to the last punctuation mark, is God’s word and cannot be falsified (Matt 5:17-19, John10:35). 2. That God really…

Recent Comments

Dick Mitchell - More than 150 Clergy Sign The Marriage Pledge in 48 Hours

One solution is for the state legislature to enact a statute requiring everyone to be married before the county clerk, to refuse to recognize (as of a future date) any marriage contracted only before clergy. …

Sarah - [Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

RE: “I refer to this as the “Charles and Camilla” alternative—they did not originate the process, but gave it broad publicity.” Sure—if that’s what the couple want, Dick, I’m sure that Dr. Seitz will be…

Charles - More than 150 Clergy Sign The Marriage Pledge in 48 Hours

Dick, while I’m on the other side of the fence, I support priests requiring that folks get married at the courthouse before having a church wedding. It of course works in a Roman Catholic context. …

Dick Mitchell - [Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

Over on TitusOneNine, Dr. Seitz acknowledged that his idea is to do a civil marriage ceremony, consistent with state law, and then do a church service.  I refer to this as the “Charles and Camilla”…

MTDave - Oh Dear -- Jim Naughton is peevish again -- so give generously to the IRD

Constantinianism: Good for me but not for thee, as long as the state is doing what I like.

Dick Mitchell - More than 150 Clergy Sign The Marriage Pledge in 48 Hours

The Marriage Pledge received its big publicity push from First Things, the conservative Catholic journal that many of us read regularly.  It was not simply a news item for FT—the journal put the “pledge” on…

Sarah - Oh Dear -- Jim Naughton is peevish again -- so give generously to the IRD

Hi Katherine—they could use the traffic, so I deleted the link.  ; > )

Dick Mitchell - [Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

If no one has “certified” that the couple has been through a marriage ceremony, then the couple is not yet married in the eyes of the county clerk’s office, so they will need to schedule…

Sarah - [Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

Yes, I agree—Drs. Radner and Seitz care about and follow the canons—as is easily accomplished even while signing on to The Marriage Pledge. RE: “Are you certain the civil authority would be willing to sign…

Dick Mitchell - [Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

“Who gives a flip about TEC canons?”  Well, perhaps Dr. Radner and Dr. Seitz, who are Episcopal clergy and have to live with TEC discipline.  And of course, there are a handful of us Prayer…

Undergroundpewster - More than 150 Clergy Sign The Marriage Pledge in 48 Hours

Not surprisingly I don’t see any clergy from our diocese signing on.

Undergroundpewster - Oh Dear -- Jim Naughton is peevish again -- so give generously to the IRD

“...sidetracking and the red herrings and the straw men” and don’t forget the name calling if you consider being called a comical skulldugger an aspersion.

Katherine - Oh Dear -- Jim Naughton is peevish again -- so give generously to the IRD

Found the article.

Katherine - Oh Dear -- Jim Naughton is peevish again -- so give generously to the IRD

Is there a link to Naughton’s article?

Katherine - One Black Episcopalian on Ferguson

#4, I’m not sure what that has to do with this case.  The use of the phrase “justified anger” indicates that you think the grand jury is ignoring the evidence and releasing the officer (if…

Fr. Dale - [Updated] Breaking News: The Marriage Pledge

Sarah, Couple acquire marriage license [thus assuring conformity to laws of the State] Couple receives Sacrament of Holy Matrimony Couple toddles over to the JP to get marriage license signed not by clergy but by…