April 23, 2014

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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.

Sex and Jihad – the Failure of Modern Hermeneutics

In the case of the Bible and sex it ignores both what Jesus has to say and what explanatory resolution He brings to the deep question of the relationship between Old and New Testament. In the case of the Qu’ran there is not even the slightest evidence of an attempt to grapple with the Medina/Mecca question nor to explain the “sword verses”. Instead all we get is the recurrent mantra of “Islam is a religion of peace” despite the quite obvious Qu’ranic and historical evidence to the contrary.

Shiny Red Balls & Red Herrings in Upper South Carolina: Three Notes on Bishop Waldo’s Clergy Email

1) The letter from the rector of Christ Church, Greenville was not “about the Task Force” at all. It was, rather, about the bishop’s decision—and his decision alone, as he is the ecclesial authority of this diocese—to approve of the use of the same sex blessings liturgies in this diocese. No other entity has the authority to approve of such rites. It is Bishop Waldo’s decision and his alone. His apparent desire to drag the ironically-named Bishop’s Task Force on Unity into his email to the clergy is . . . interesting.

Waldo To Approve Same Sex Blessings: Truth & Consequences in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina

With his actions in approving rites for same sex blessings, Bishop Waldo now brings to the doorstep of the diocese actions that had, over the past ten years, been more abstractly based at the national level of The Episcopal Church. The meltdown in the church as a whole has been simply epic since the decisions of the 2003 General Convention.

PB sermon turns silk purse into sow’s ear

I think that last Sunday’s lesson from Acts is one of the Bible’s best for preaching the liberating power of Christ.  It is a passage that even progressives should find inspiring on several levels. Unless you are the Presiding Bishop, who sees the complete opposite.  Instead of liberation, there is confinement.  Instead of Christ’s glory, there’s just squalor.

The Week

Can our side write adult fiction or romantic comedy?

Summer’s Love, A Cute and Funny Cinderella Love Story by Stu Summers, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2014 Sitting in what one Facebook friend described as an “Easter Monday coma,” I decided to pick up…

Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

13 Two stories, one from California and one from New York, illustrate nicely the growing power of the gay rights movement in its efforts to purge American society of those who…

Everything the Academy Touches Gets Ruined

2 When I was in high school and college, I participated in interscholastic and intercollegiate forensics competitions. Involving both individual and two-person debate, as well as individual speaking events, that experience…

Social Justice Network Lacks Justice

11 Yale’s Dwight Hall Cabinet voted this last week to deny the group Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) admission to its hallowed halls and the benefits which inure to the members.  One of those members, Andre…

An Easter Message From Bishop Mark Lawrence

3 Easter unflinchingly confronts our enemies, death and sin that would lock us in a self-justifying bondage, and plague our lives from start to finish. Christ’s death, however, is God’s No to sin. In the cross…

Texas Supreme Court Denies ECUSA’s Motion for Stay / Recall

4 Today, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order denying ECUSA’s motion for a stay or recall of its mandate pending ECUSA’s request to the United States Supreme Court to…

A Reminder: Understanding Good Friday in Context

1 For Good Friday 2011, I put up this post analyzing the differences between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels in dating the Last Supper and Jesus’ crucifixion.…

New Blogroll Added: Eastern Orthodox

2 We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added a new Eastern Orthodox blogroll to the site. It’s available in the menu up top. Have a look!

From Missiles to Sleeping Bags

9 I have it on the best of authority that among the “non-lethal” aid being sent by the US to the Ukraine will be pails & shovels so the Ukraine…

Thoughts on veiled crosses

17 Some of you veiled your church’s crosses at the start of Lent.  Others waited until Holy Week.  Or maybe it’s not a custom where you are. I muse on the practice from time to time. …

But I don’t want all that doom and gloom with my Easter!

6 It’s Holy Week, the annual boycott of our bittersweet Thursday and grim Friday en route to the happy clappy pop concert of Easter.

Dr. Al Mohler: “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and the State of Modern Scholarship”

37 Dr. Al Mohler once again gives us clear, concise information on heresy and points the finger at the real culprit - poor scholarship.  One can find an

Without Penal Substitution there is Despair in Morality

2 Doug Wilson nails the issue, I want to spend a few moments on why the penal substitution of Christ is the only possible ground of human happiness. My point is not to defend…

The House of Lords: “It is a Silly Place”

6 I know that all of you are intensely aware of and concerned about your carbon footprint. Did you realize, however, that methane is actually a far bigger threat to the planet? Evidently there is a…

Archbishop Welby Struggles with a Greater Truth

11 As the Anglican Curmudgeon, it behooves me now and then to comment upon matters Anglican. And just now, there is a tempest in the Anglican teapot which I have refrained from noticing, because after all,…

Recent Comments

jedinovice - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

Sorry about typos. I type while I eat at breakfast before I start work!!

jedinovice - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

For the record, I do not advocate civil war. I am very reluctant to advocate any kind of violence.  Prediction does not equal advocacy.  I would rather peaceful protest but that needs millions. But the…

jedinovice - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

The powers that be have to implement FORMAL censorship as their next move to ensure all dissent via the internet or Fox or whoever is closed down.  Once that is done the full on purge…

jedinovice - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

It’s going to end in Civil war in the US I think. The UK will just go 100% communist.  In the US there are still guns and enough Christians to mount some kind of resistance…

Jim the Puritan - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

You do understand the next bastion is the courts.  Once they control the courts, then no one can challenge them.

jamesw - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

cennydd13 - “if this goes into effect, somebody will find themselves facing Federal prosecution and prison time” - No they won’t - if the liberals hold power federally - and they currently DO hold such…

jamesw - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

I would encourage all to read Mollie Hemingway’s piece The Rise Of The Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents.  I think that it contains a lot of food for thought on the new reality facing us over the…

A Senior Priest - Everything the Academy Touches Gets Ruined

If there is a “war” against black people in America, how did 400,000 Africans in America turn into 40,000,000? Of course human slavery is a terrible wrong, but obviously there has never been an effort…

cennydd13 - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

Fooling around with California’s judges’ rights of association…..as with those of ALL Americans…...is playing with fire, and if this goes into effect, somebody will find themselves facing Federal prosecution and prison time.  Whoever thought of…

cennydd13 - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

[4]  I think that what Ms Xian really meant to say was that it was his opinion that shouldn’t be allowed.  Typical of such people!

Jim the Puritan - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

Here in Hawaii, the Tolerance Crew were busy trying to get the chair of the State Board of Education removed because he is a member of a church that opposed same-sex marriage. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25209614/senate-panel-approves-boe-chairs-reappointment The same…

jamesw - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

That should be “had BEEN determined” not “had NOT been determined” - last line of first paragraph.

jamesw - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

It’s even got to this point.  The problem is (and what the signatories to this don’t understand) is that the gay rights movement never was about “diversity” or freedom and equality for all.  Only fools…

Undergroundpewster - Gay Rights Brownshirts Cleansing the Coasts

I had not heard about the NYC councilman’s intolerant attitude until now. While the media was all-too-ready to make Eich’s “controversial” stance known across the world, they have been silent about Dromm’s incendiary remarks.  Brown…

Undergroundpewster - Everything the Academy Touches Gets Ruined

I had to check the link to make sure this wasn’t an April Fools’ joke. It is hard to believe that a debate team that does not tackle the question posed would win entrance into…

Dragonfly - Social Justice Network Lacks Justice

“Andre Manuel is a sophomore in Pierson College.” Well, that explains it.  He is literally a “wise fool”. Hopefully, in time he will gain real wisdom.