July 1, 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

Three Steps to Terrorism

The Israel Project has a powerful short (one minute long) video on their Facebook page that explains all you need to know about the murder of an American teenager in Israel yesterday:

Russia Channels Stalin

4 The re-Sovietization of Russia pursued by Vladimir Putin is accelerating, according to Christianity Today: Christians in Russia won’t be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in…

SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

13 How anyone can think that requiring centers performing surgical procedures be licensed as surgical procedure centers is “harming” women’s health is beyond me.  All the would-be…

PCUSA to Middle East Christians: Not Even Lip Service

4 The Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly met this week in Portland. On Middle East issues, it was a tired recycling of old anti-Israel tropes, with some minor modifications. The “Middle…

On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

5 Today, for the first time in my life that I can remember, I was ashamed to be an American. At the Evangelical Presbyterian Church General Assembly in Michigan this morning, we were blessed to be…

UMC Withdraws from RCRC, Agency Heads Throw Tantrum

5 You may have heard that the United Methodist Church’s General Conference voted earlier this year to withdraw from the odious Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a Moloch-worshipping organization that supports abortion at any time, for…

Islam Goes to the PCUSA

5 Yes, I have been away a long time (since last October, to be exact), and I have been mulling over giving up this blogging stuff altogether. Then, according to The Layman Online the Presbyterian Church…

Veteran Forcibly Dragged From Ceremony for Mentioning God

7 There are days it is hard to believe we are in the United States. On April 3, 2016, Master Sergeant Charles Roberson was retiring from active duty. Roberson…

Don’t Support the Media’s Memes

18 The Orlando shooter was not insane, or a deranged madman: like all haters, he had to be carefully taught. Indeed, he had visited the Pulse Club some dozen or so times beforehand, and had…

Sur-prise, Sur-prise!  Obama’s Power Plan is a Bunch of Hooey

1 Surprised?  Yeah, me neither. McConnell told Congress that, “The Clean Power Plan (CPP) has been falsely sold as impactful environmental regulation when it is really an attempt by our primary federal environmental…

London Mayor Seeks to Ban Images Deemed to be Sexualized

6 Well, that didn’t take long. .London’s first ever Muslim Mayor is set to ban images of ‘unrealistic’ scantily clad women from ads on public transport, which could see the…

Another Bump on the Downhill Slide

5 Just another bump on that downhill slide.  Frankly, I’m relieved they covered the windows.

Priest Seeks to Reclaim Pride from Christian Disparagement

10 Sadly, finding out the author of this piece is an Episcopal priest will not even raise the eyebrow of those who are familiar with the current…

ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in Women’s Restroom

6 It is always a shock to the elite when they have to face the very liberal agenda they have supported.  One only wonders if this…

Genderqueer, Australian Flags, Trump, Baal; Pots and Kettles

4 For the past few months Australia’s chattering classes (and a whole bunch of other people besides) have been discussing debating and (in true Orwellian style) denouncing over the question of the Safe Schools…

Recent Comments

Undergroundpewster - Russia Channels Stalin

I wonder if this is more of an attempt to limit the spread of Islam.

Reformed Catholic - Russia Channels Stalin

Everything old, is new again!! 

Katherine - Russia Channels Stalin

The Russian Orthodox Church should consider whether the state which currently supports it will turn on it, which happened in the last century.

Nikolaus - Russia Channels Stalin

“...in the case of its Russian branch, it apparently never learns anything from it, either. “ Truer words were rarely spoken!

Daniel - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

That’s because with a gun you can kill someone and with abortion—oh, wait a minute; I need to come up with another logical fallacy that will pass judicial muster

tired - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

So, to the left a judicially fabricated right to abortion is to be sacrosanct, free from any burden – but the actual second amendment to the Constitution is to be freely burdened with onerous regulation…

Jackie - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

Mark Levin has proposed an amendment whereby 3/4 of the states can overturn a SCOTUS decision. I like it.

the virginian - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

Like Nellie, I’m not surprised by Justice Kennedy’s vote. He upheld the right to abortion in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision 24 years ago, and he wrote the majority opinion in last year’s Obergefell…

Daniel - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

With apologies to Lewis Carroll: “When I use a word,” Humpty Hillary said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice,…

Just a Baptist - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

As the regulations have been cancelled, is it now legal, in Texas, for a “practitioner” to perform an abortion with a coat hanger?

Nellie - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

Kennedy didn’t surprise me, but the decision is very disturbing. I don’t think anything has to make sense to those on the wrong side of this issue. All that matters to them is the unrestricted…

Katherine - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

As excellent point, Paula Loughlin.  If it’s “medical care,” it should be subject to the same rules for public safety as other “medical care” procedures are.

Paula Loughlin - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

How can abortion be health care but still not have to meet the requirements of being a medical procedure? Perhaps they should be regulated by USDA.

BlueOntario - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

States be damned; the Federal government knows all. The other America has spoken. And don’t look behind the curtain.

Undergroundpewster - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

Does this mean that outpatient surgical centers can also adhere to this new lesser standard?

Pb - SCOTUS Bends the Knee to Baal (Again)

The terminology is Orwellian. A woman is unhealthy when she gets pregnant.