April 1, 2015

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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


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?

The Week

Awards Watch

2 Episcopalians have a reason to be proud today. The Presiding Bishop has caught the attention of some important people, and the result is that she’s been considered for Powerline’s “coveted…

Memo to the Presiding Bishop (CONFIDENTIAL)

4 MEMORANDUM TO: Her Excellency, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jeffers Schori FROM: Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop DATE: April 1, 2015 SUBJECT: Need for Immediate Pastoral Direction

Court of Appeals Returns Trademark Case to SC District Court

7 In a published decision earlier today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed an earlier decision of Senior District Judge C. Weston Houck to abstain from exercising  jurisdiction over a…

Apocalyptic, Intolerant Theocracy Nukes Up.  But Indiana!

4 Whether for religion-of-peaceful energy purposes, or to cooperate with with the war plans of its expected messiah, Iran continues to wear down sheepish Western negotiators in order…

You Can’t Lock Evil Out of the Cockpit

5 One of the fascinating byproducts of the GermanWings tragedy that unfolded last week is the effort by governments and civil aviation authorities to seek to mitigate against such an event happening again. Current…

Morons on Parade, Episcopal Edition

10 Via the Underground Pewster comes this Facebook post from the Episcopal Bishop of Upper South Carolina, Andrew Waldo. Evidently defending the First Amendment religious freedom of all Americans is…

Morons on Parade (UPDATED)

11 You may have heard that the state of Indiana has attacked the foundation of Western Civilization, which is the right of gays to demand wedding cakes of Christian bakers. On Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence signed…

The Church’s Finances (I): Not as Rosy as Claimed

11 The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church (USA) has commended the staff at Church headquarters (815 Second Avenue in New York) for producing an operating “surplus” of some $2.4 million for calendar 2014.  A…

You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

14 One of the litmus test questions flung like grenades from the conservative and liberal trenches is, “So, you’re against (legal abortion) (the death penalty)? Then you must be against (the death penalty) (legal abortion).”  It…

Schori: Mormons Are Christians, Too

23 I hadn’t looked in on Chris Johnson in a while, and that was a mistake. He found something I’d missed, which is that the TEC Presiding Bishop…

Taxidermy or Truth?

12 City Church, the largest (now former) evangelical congregation in San Francisco, will no longer require members who experience same sex attraction to commit to celibacy. The explanatory letter written…

Anglican Future Conference - Interview with Ashley Null

2 This afternoon I sat down with Ashley Null, who is giving the keynote addresses here at the Anglican Future Conference. Ashley and I talked about his current research and Cranmer’s theology as understood in the…

Anglican Future Conference - Interview with Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya

This morning I sat down with Archbishop Elidu Wabukala; Primate of Kenya and Chair of the GAFCON Primates’ Council. We talked about his role, his Christian upbringing, the GAFCON movement and issues around the Anglican…

Strait Jacket Required

7 Behold the future leaders of Western civilization, British chapter. The following tweets are from something called the National Union of Students Women’s Campaign. They are from some kind…

[Oz & NZ] Anglican Future Conference Begins

4 This year’s Anglican Future Conference for Australia and New Zealand has begun in Melbourne as a joint venture between the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) Australia.…

Recent Comments

BlueOntario - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

Mr. Haley, be careful what you suggest. I think an easier way would be to automatically count the vote for the Democrats over the next 70 or so years whether the child is delivered alive…

SC blu cat lady - Court of Appeals Returns Trademark Case to SC District Court

Thanks for the explanation, Mr.  Haley! That clarifies my confused thinking ..... Really, who would have thought you would need a legal degree to discuss church politics??? Katherine, I think TECS will continue on with…

JuliaInVa - Schori: Mormons Are Christians, Too

Can you hear the melody to the processional on Sunday— Goes something like this: . . . the Jolly Green Giant, ho ho ho, Greeeeen Giant.

BlueOntario - Morons on Parade, Episcopal Edition

Of course, Godwin’s Law applies only to conservative’s comments. Liberals such as bishop Waldo are exempt because they are always on the Right Side of History (tm).

maineiac - Schori: Mormons Are Christians, Too

This gardener has himself been planted and now springs up green and vibrant, still rising into greater life. He challenges her to go and share that rising, great news of green and life, with those…

Katherine - Awards Watch

She has arrived!  Power Line is a Big Time blog.  She must be so proud.

Katherine - Memo to the Presiding Bishop (CONFIDENTIAL)

You beat me to it, paradoxymoron!  Your link leads to a photo of Jefferts Schori in front of rows of empty pews.  So appropriate!

Undergroundpewster - Awards Watch

No longer will she be called “Bishop Oven Mitt” by you divisive unspeakable wretches. From henceforth I dub her “Bishop Empty Pew”. And I thought Clint Eastwood was the only one brave enough to address…

Undergroundpewster - Memo to the Presiding Bishop (CONFIDENTIAL)

The most powerful woman in Anglicanism has spoken!

David Fischler - Memo to the Presiding Bishop (CONFIDENTIAL)

Somewhere, Screwtape is smiling.

Katherine - Court of Appeals Returns Trademark Case to SC District Court

Maybe the rejoicing on the TECSC website is an April Fool joke.

paradoxymoron - Memo to the Presiding Bishop (CONFIDENTIAL)

Whatever the church doesn’t like is a sin, and anti-science. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/04/green-weenie-of-the-week-needs-corrections.php

Katherine - Court of Appeals Returns Trademark Case to SC District Court

Let me get this clear in my mind.  Because TECSC cannot argue, unless Judge Goodstein is reversed, that it is the Diocese of South Carolina, then it cannot proceed with the case in the federal…

A. S. Haley - Court of Appeals Returns Trademark Case to SC District Court

SCbcl, I admit it can get quite confusing, especially with the arguments that ECSC’s attorneys are making, and the cheerful report of the decision on their website. The basic principle of res judicata says that…

SC blu cat lady - You Can't Lock Evil Out of the Cockpit

Hi Karen B. Thanks. I have heard Dr. Null say this before in a presentation at workshop about Cranmer.  Since then, others have written or said something very similar if not identical.

SC blu cat lady - Court of Appeals Returns Trademark Case to SC District Court

Mr. Haley, I understand how the case proceeded in state court with both sides claiming to be the Diocese and thus had legal rights to the trademarked names and seal under SC law. Judge Goodstein…