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.
Grafton Appointment Exposes Massive Differences in the Anglican Church in Australia
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.
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.
Don’t Sign the Letter
Living in a condition of regular unrepentant sexual engagement with a person of the same sex is, according to 1 Cor 6:9-10, damnable. The best thing, the only thing, to be done is to repent, break off the relationship, and turn to Jesus Christ. For the sake of those engaged in this sin (and those who are tempted by it) there can be no pastoral or practical accommodation.
A Facebook Exchange with a COE Bishop
It’s sometimes unpleasant to have one’s rhetorical inconsistencies mocked and it’s sometimes unpleasant to have someone else in one’s organization point out that there’s no commonality on one’s faith.
How to Never Say Anything True About Jesus to Anyone Ever
The apostles did not wait, nor do they ever suggest waiting, until hearers might “receive the gospel as good news” before proclaiming it. The cross offends. It always will because it amplifies the sinfulness of human sin and the helplessness of humanity apart from the work of Christ.
Beware the Next Reichstag Fire
The American left probes for a Reichstag fire moment. There is a quest for an incident that will allow more centralization of emergency power in the federal government, the elimination of constitutional rights and, it would appear, the advent of a single party state.
Eichmann to Gosnell, Ragsdale on the Assist
I don’t think I’m violating any confidences to say that most of us at Stand Firm are finding it very hard to cover the Gosnell trial, as relevant and pointed as it is for the kinds of faith and culture issues we engage here. Monstrous as he is, he is but a microcosm of evil pervading the church and the world.
Once More into the Breach: The Silly Shellfish Argument Rises Again
If you’re a revisionist activist devoted to normalizing homosexual behavior in the church, Acts 10 isn’t a moving account of the gracious and merciful hand of God extending salvation to the Gentiles – it’s a threat that must be neutralized.
Burning Incense to Rosie O’Donnell
“Marriage equality” lets people stand on a cost-free moral high ground. You’re a good person just for holding the opinion, saying the slogan, burning the pinch of incense. You are an accepted member of the in group and can look down your nose at those on the outs.
Sexual Immorality is a Rejection of Jesus
What I want to do here is look at the specific way in which the New Testament equates false teaching about sexual ethics with false teaching about Jesus and outright denial of his Lordship.
Methodist Minister Defrocked
2 United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer, having broken his ordination vows to uphold the Discipline of the church by conducting a same-sex wedding fro his son, has been defrocked, according to the AP: Church…
Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
7 One of my favorite movie scenes is at the end of 1981’s Mephisto. It’s a Hungarian film, and I think they’re speaking Magyar. But you don’t need the subtitles…
What if you can’t undo your poisonous past?
3 A fascinating article at Powerline, ostensibly about the recent school campus shooting in Colorado, opens up some big moral and ultimately theological questions. The article tracks the shooter’s fascination with…
Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
8 Charles, Prince of Wales, addressed an “Advent reception” for Christian leaders from the Middle East this week. Previously, Charles raised eyebrows by expressing a desire to replace the title “Defender of the Faith” with a…
MORE science, reason, space aliens, etc.
1 As I pointed out in an earlier post, the statements “Americans are more secular” and “Americans are less religious” are flawed. I’ll grant you that Christianity is on the decline in America, both as a…
The Cloud of Unsaid stuff
4 One of our readers shared this fascinating blog effort. There’s theology, TEC controversy and lots of bloggy goodness in it, so go and have a look. Here, I want to…
Science, reason, space aliens and Laodiceans
5 Rod Dreher shares and analyzes a map of religious participation by U.S. counties. Not a lot of new info. The Coasts…
Night Thoughts Away from Home during Christmas Season
8 Nightfall finds me in a strange town, where I’ve never stayed before, in need of lodging as I travel. It is the Episcopal Church (USA) litigation (a term which should be an oxymoron, but which…
Supermodel and the big O
7 O as in President Obama. Israeli supermodel Bar-Refaeli celebrated one million Twitter followers with this: Having reached 1M followers beats the feeling I had when I was at the Obama inauguration in DC.…
Slope Gets Slipperier
25 While likely headed for appeal, a federal judge has declared the ban on polygamy illegal citing the changes in the law as it relates to same sex…
Parents Say, “No More!”
7 The parents of a Michigan school district have revolted against their public schools, and done what parents all across the country should have done long ago. According to Fox News: A teacher’s…
Tidings of Discomfort and Joy
6 World Magazine has written one of the most comprehensive articles on the Anglican split in America that I have found. It is well worth the…
Federal Judge: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down
2 A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the…
Obamacare Continues to Unveil New Surprises
37 Don’t get sick in sunny California. Approximately 7 out of every 10 doctors in California have said they will not participate in California’s Obamacare health insurance exchange, according…
Hear the RINOS Squeal
23 Man - what a pain when people expect you to live up to your promises!House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal. “They’re using…
Ralph - Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
I don’t watch a lot of TV, and I’ve never seen Duck Dynastry. But I’ve seen the t-shirts in the stores. These guys must have cleaned up (financially) for all this. I agree that the…
SC blu cat lady - Methodist Minister Defrocked
Agreed, Ralph. I am glad that they had the courage to defrock him. I wonder if other *Methodists* will just ignore this and continue to allow this man as ordained minister in other regions or…
Ralph - Methodist Minister Defrocked
I…just…can’t…become…a…Methodist. But, I sure do respect what they did this AM. I’d guess that this afternoon’s expression of free speech will follow the usual, predictable course taken by unrepentant sinners. I’m sure it will be…
Michael D - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
ToAllTheWorld: I agree that there is little in common between Christianity and Islam, however I have found the phrase “People of the Book” useful in some discussions and in evangelism. This is primarily because Christians…
J Eppinga - Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
If I had my druthers, Phil would have read the rest of the 1 Cor 6 text. I also think quite frankly that he is a bit ‘light’ on explaining the four fingers that point…
the virginian - Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal may have said it best with the final sentence of his reaction:“It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
evan miller - Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
My hope is that the rest of Phil’s family simply excuse themselves from the remainder of the episodes and go back to making duck calls, causing A&E to lose one of, if not the, mostpopular…
tired - Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
This is spot-on. While I rarely watched, I find the aggressive, antagonistic response (censorship and excoriation) to be quite chilling. If you are a Christian, and respond to questions truthfully - then you are not…
Jeff Walton - Methodist Pastor Found Guilty, Gets Wrist Slapped
Important update: Frank Schaefer met with church officials this morning and was defrocked. Schaefer has a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m.: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/19/frank-schaefer-defrocked_n_4473290.html BTW, for those that missed it, Gene Robinson was on Hardball last…
Undergroundpewster - Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
These are powerful forces that will sweep away many souls. It is far easier for the nominal Christian in the short run to go with the flow, but how many will be lost in that…
Sweets - Duck Dynasty Ghoulash
Duck Dynasty was one of the few - precious few - reasons to ever hit the button for A&E. Phil is the best part of Duck Dynasty. Just maybe enough people will voice their opinion…
Timothy Fountain - What if you can't undo your poisonous past?
Thanks Fr. Dale, good point. We should always be willing to admit fault, make restitution, build up what we once tore down or otherwise “bear fruit that befits repentance.” We should always strive to undo…
Fr. Dale - What if you can't undo your poisonous past?
This story reminds me of people like Stanley Tookie Williams III, the founder of the Crips and Ted Bundy. Williams changed his life in prison and became anti gang, writing children’s books. Bundy repented and…
ToAllTheWorld - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
Agreed, Nikolaus (#6), and I also wish we could dispense with the nonsense that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all “People of the Book.” Which book? While Mohammed may have said a few good things…
Nikolaus - Is Prince Charles ready to defend THE faith?
I really wish we could put away the nonsense that Islam is an Abrahamic?
SC blu cat lady - What if you can't undo your poisonous past?
Very interesting article! I agree with Tim+, the author, William Powell, has done the only thing whereby his future can and did change. While he can not *unpublish* the book, he has changed his own…