February 11, 2016

Features

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.

“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.

The Week

Inside President Obama’s Recent Speech

3 President Obama’s recent speech at a mosque in Baltimore got a lot of press coverage but very few really examined what he said.  NRO did an excellent job of breaking it down and…

Global Warming Alarmism Debunked: “It’s the Sample Size!”

4 Over at the Web’s most-viewed global climate-change site, Watts Up With That, guest blogger Dr. Tim Ball puts the genie of “global warming” back into the bottle—and hopefully makes it embarrassing for those who…

Commercial Dares to Portray Unborn as Human

6 NARAL well and truly went off the rails—not that many people (okay subscribers to HuffPo….maybe) think they are all that sane to begin with.  Some…

[CofE] Statement from Diocese of Manchester on “Trans Jesus” Play

11 A week ago I posted on the hosting of the play “Jesus, Queen of Heaven” by St Chrysostom’s in Manchester. At that time I asked a number of questions of the bishop: Given…

[CofE] Controversial Chapel Invitation Brings Tensions to Wycliffe Hall Oxford

2 Wycliffe Hall is one of the Church of England’s most prestigious theological colleges, being one of Oxford University’s many colleges. Long respected as an evangelical institution, it has had a number of difficulties…

Middle School Kids Sharing Nude Photos

5 Sign of the times? An investigation has been launched surrounding the sharing of nude photos at Peters Township Middle School. The issue came to light on Jan. 29 when a…

[CofE] Manchester Church Hosts “Trans Jesus” Play, Bishop is Silent

12 On Sunday 14 February the parish of St Chrysostom’s in the Diocese of Manchester will host the controversial “Trans Jesus” play “The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven”…

Character, Conviction and Worldview

20 Dr. Al Mohler has an interesting and informative analysis of the upcoming presidential election.  As the current president reminded us “Elections have consequences” and none more so than the 2016 election.  Christians also have to…

Does Your Church Preach on Abortion?

8 Not too long ago, a priest who is a friend preached his first sermon against abortion.  He wasn’t new to the pulpit but it was his first pro-life sermon.  It seems he had attended a…

REAL ID

1 Hmmm, let’s parse this.  The administration has had no problem with letting in illegals by the thousands, bringing in thousands more with only cursory vetting but citizens must have a…

Islamic State Destroys Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq

10 How sad.  How very sad on so many levels. ERBIL, Iraq –  Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle…

This is the Primates 2016 Review You Are Looking For

109 Amidst all the spin and drang, here is the Primates 2016 response you are looking for. Recorded live from the drivers’ seat of my…

Who Dares Call It by Name?

17 There appears to be some reluctance on both sides of the aisle to express the full rationale behind the Primates’ vote to impose consequences upon ECUSA for its adoption at GC2015 of canons allowing the…

Iron Sharpens Iron interview on Anglicanism past, present and future

On Monday 18 January I had the great joy of spending 2 hours on the radio with Chris Arnzen of Iron Sharpens Iron, a reformed podcast. We spoke about all things Anglican and…

On the Death of the Anglican Communion

36 My prediction about the sun setting on the breakup of the Anglican Communion is coming true, even as I write before the final session of the primates gathered at Canterbury. Enough has leaked from…

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Undergroundpewster - Inside President Obama's Recent Speech

“Jefferson and John Adams had their own copies of the Koran.” Does President Obama have one? Has he read the whole thing? Does he understand the Islamic doctrine of abrogation?

Pageantmaster ن - [CofE] Statement from Diocese of Manchester on "Trans Jesus" Play

9 and 10 Jim and TJ - There is always that risk. The bishop is a bit of a hypocrite too.  All mouth, no action and rather typical useless liberal of the recent intake -…

Katherine - Global Warming Alarmism Debunked: "It's the Sample Size!"

On the historical chart, note the confluence of warm periods and times when civilization flourished and spread.

Katherine - Inside President Obama's Recent Speech

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Fr. Dale - Global Warming Alarmism Debunked: "It's the Sample Size!"

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Pageantmaster, If any CoE bishop comes out as transsexual before a TEC bishop does so, you will never hear the end of it.  TEC believes it has a lock on this sort of thing.  They…

Jim the Puritan - [CofE] Statement from Diocese of Manchester on "Trans Jesus" Play

Pageantmaster, you may have just triggered Johnson’s Third Law of Episcopal/Anglican Thermodynamics.

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Ralph - Commercial Dares to Portray Unborn as Human

What an incentive to place a standing order for a case of Doritos! A shame that they don’t make a salt-free version. I likewise hope that they have the courage not to respond to NARAL.

tjmcmahon - Commercial Dares to Portray Unborn as Human

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B. Hunter - Commercial Dares to Portray Unborn as Human

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Nellie - Commercial Dares to Portray Unborn as Human

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Undergroundpewster - Commercial Dares to Portray Unborn as Human

As I recall, they decided not to run the Doritos and Pepsi Eucharist ad a few years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpniiSFmOeI