October 20, 2014

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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.

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.

The Week

Horus Reads the Internet

harsh, but fair: ... because ... you’re ... a ... Biblically-illiterate buffoon who has never listened to a single Christian sermon on the issue, talked with a single Christian…

Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

11 Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, who has now apparently been fully informed about what a private law firm has been doing in the name of her city, has announced that the city has made a…

John Hagee Plays Israel Politics With Ebola

5 I love Israel, and think Jerusalem is the coolest place on Earth. Ebola is a worry, for sure, especially with the incompetent and politicized way our government is dealing with it. But John Hagee, America’s…

Houston: Don’t Blame Us, We’re Asleep At the Switch

19 There has been an outpouring of outrage over the subpoenas issued by the city of Houston to several local pastors for sermons and private communications with their churches. Late today, the city decided to plead…

LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis… is ‘long overdue’

25 Boy do these tactics sound familiar to those of us who have been through similar meetings in TEC. Most of you know that I, along with all reformed folks of…

Gay Brownshirts: All Your Sermons Belong to Us

11 Remember Ake Green, the Swedish pastor who was threatened with jail time for preaching a sermon against homosexual behavior back in 2004? No one has ever confused Houston with Sweden, but as…

GAFCON and Global South Primates Issue Joint Statement

20 In what must be seen as a significant move of further consolidation of purpose, the primates of GAFCON and the Global South have issued a joint statement concerning the investiture of…

Sydney Anglican Synod Motion on Anglican Communion

10 The following motion was passed in the last hour by the 50th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. 9.23 Global Anglicanism Synod – (a) gives God thanks for the…

American decadence plus Mexican fatalism equals terror, tyranny

6 The news out of Mexico is horrific.  Almost fifty students from a teaching college were rounded up by the police, and apparently handed over to a drug…

Is the ACNA Part of the Anglican Communion?

12 I personally am quite happy that the ACNA is not recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury. I would surrender my orders in the ACNA should we seek…

Transgender Trouble in the Heartland

18 Nebraska? Really? A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.…

Another One for the SSM Bandwagon

8 Well, that didn’t take long: A federal appeals court in California on Tuesday became the latest to declare a constitutional right for gays to marry, overturning prohibitions in Idaho and Nevada. The U.S.…

The Gospel, the Gospels and Rome - Where Do We Draw the Line?

8 One of the most difficult (and seemingly intractible) questions that Protestants must engage with is our common response to the Roman Catholic Church (“RCC”). Anyone with even a limited grasp of the events of the…

Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

47 What a fascinating time in the Anglican Communion we are experiencing. Forced by Katherine Jefferts Schori’s usual crudity after her announcing at a TEC House of Bishops meeting that the Lambeth Meeting would be delayed…

Scalia’s Prophecy Fulfilled (Sub Silentio)

18 Sub silentio (literally, “under [the cloak of] silence”) is a legal term of art for the technique of a court that, say, wants to accomplish something like the overruling of an earlier case—without having to…

Recent Comments

Nikolaus - LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis... is ‘long overdue’

Yeah, that one’s been in the wind for a few weeks.  In his sermon for the beatification of Paul VI it almost sounded like Francis was borrowing the UCC’s “God is doing a new thing”…

MichaelA - LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis... is ‘long overdue’

I understand he knew about the transfer before the Synod started, FWIW.  He will still be in Rome but not in the Vatican.

MichaelA - GAFCON and Global South Primates Issue Joint Statement

Thanks for that link tj.  I was really encouraged to read of the faithfulness of the bishops of South East Asia back in 2003 and their godly witness and warning to liberal western bishops to…

Ideas Have Consequences - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

As an officer of the court, an attorney (or a pro se party to the case) may issue subpoenas on their own authority, subject to approval by the court if the opposing party objects to…

tjmcmahon - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

Hmmm…. A quick internet perusal shows that you are correct, (in Texas) an attorney can issue a subpoena for discovery from a person not directly involved in a pending court case, although there are a…

tjmcmahon - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

#8- I admit to being a layman in legal matters, but the common definition of subpoena is: “the usual writ for the summoning of witnesses or the submission of evidence, as records or documents, before…

Ideas Have Consequences - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

@tjmcmahon: Are you sure that a judge signed the subpoenas? I admit it’s possible, but it’s usually not the case. If so, I’d be very curious which judge signed off on this.

Ideas Have Consequences - LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis... is ‘long overdue’

Breaking: Cardinal Burke has been “demoted” to a ceremonial post.

tjmcmahon - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

What I find shocking in all this is that they could find a judge willing to sign the subpoena.  Seems blatant abuse of the court system. As it stands, the clergy involved are forced to…

Ecclesiastes 1:18 - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

Okay, wow. First of all, the sermons part was the least troubling part of the subpoena. After all, they are public addresses which many churches post on their websites and YouTube. The subpoena still demands,…

Words Matter - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

And then they’ll lose the emails. 

BillB - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

Words Matter, The Left is trying to rewrite the non-profit regulations without actually rewriting them.  Obama has set the lead by changing laws without having Congress change the law.  The City of Houston’s “ruling” clique…

Words Matter - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

The mayor has no legal right to any information about the petition.  Church matters are protected under the first amendment.  The only restriction on a non-profit is that they can’t endorse a candidate.

Nellie - LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis... is ‘long overdue’

Check out this article in First Things. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/cardinal-is-appalled-denies-africa-comments-caught-on-tape Cardinal Kasper made some really disgusting comments occasioned by the strong opposition by a number of Africans at the synod to the language on homosexuality and divorce…

B. Hunter - Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

Perhaps she would like to send all the pastors to “re-education camps”?  Isn’t that the next step? This is what the left does - intimidate those that oppose them via the law.  I wonder if…

B. Hunter - John Hagee Plays Israel Politics With Ebola

Out selection of someone as unqualified to be President as Obama (both in experience and in character and integrity) is exactly what Israel did when they told God “they wanted a king”.  He told them…