November 28, 2014

Features

[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.

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.

The Week

Encouraging Thoughts from an NFL Player

1 Ben Watson is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints.  Breitbart picked up his facebook post on the Ferguson issue.  It’s well worth the…

A Thanksgiving to God, for His House

1 Lord, Thou hast given me a cell Wherein to dwell, A little house, whose humble roof Is weather-proof: Under the spars of which I lie …

Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

12 Atlanta’s fire chief is under heavy attack for expressing his religious beliefs.Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended without pay for one month because of authoring a religious book…

yesHEis – sharing Jesus online

I’m always looking for useful and effective ways to share Jesus with others so it was a real delight for me yesterday to be introduced to yesHEis. Here’s how it works.

ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

13 Today the Illinois Supreme Court posted twenty-eight pages of its recent dispositions of requests made by losing parties for leave to appeal their decision to that Court. On page twelve, at the very…

The Whole Duty of Man

6 Ecclesiastes 12:13 is one of my favorite verses.The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.It cuts to the chase and…

Ephraim Radner on Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriage

9 From First Things, where there is more: The following question was forced upon me: What, in fact, is the character of the “marriages” recognized by our society more broadly? Is…

The Supplication

3 No indictment in Ferguson, MO.  Social media on emotional overload.  Plus all the other “stuff” indicative of widening chaos and descending darkness.  This is from the Book of Common Prayer (ECUSA, 1979), p. 152:…

Abandoning the Search for the Gay Gene and Embracing Choice

6 Interesting article over at the Daily BeastAnd as homosexuality approaches a critical mass of cultural acceptance, more and more people are comfortable challenging the dominant “born that way” narrative. In 2012, Sex…

ACNA Primate: Don’t sign marriage pledge for now

42 An email circulating.  Received via an ACNA friend. Grace and peace to you in the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord!!! I hope this email finds you well and walking in the fullness of the…

UK “journalists” distort study to advocate for LGBT church

6 Right of the top, the headline stands the study on its head: Poll: Children now describe someone who is religious as dangerous or threatening Yes, 1 in 8…

More than 150 Clergy Sign The Marriage Pledge in 48 Hours

8 Surely your rector needs to prayerfully consider it—you can pass on a link to the pledge here. I think Christian clergy are hungry to clearly and publicly differentiate from the faux state redefinition…

Oh Dear—Jim Naughton is peevish again—so give generously to the IRD

11 You can always tell his level of outrage—and the effort to obscure it—by the sidetracking and the red herrings and the straw men.  Fun to skim . . . My favorite part of the…

One Black Episcopalian on Ferguson

7 I have a Black friend of several decades.  We met in church.  He lives in St. Louis.  Here’s his perspective on the current dynamics in Ferguson - I didn’t solicit this and I don’t claim…

The Marriage Pledge and the Libertarian Solution to the Marriage Debate

19 Okay—so right on time Mere Orthodoxy posts an analysis of The Marriage Pledge and argues that this is a “surrender” to the culture.  You may recall that I’d…

Recent Comments

SC blu cat lady - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

Mr. Haley, Now that Illinois court ruling is final, how likely is it that Judge Goodstein will learn of the Illinois court decision. And if she does, could it play a part in her judgement?…

helpmelord - Encouraging Thoughts from an NFL Player

Absolutely wonderful!

Katherine - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

I once worked with a man who distributed Mormon literature at work.  Someone complained, and he was asked to stop.  End of problem.  If the fire chief was actively discriminating against any employees because of…

Br. Michael - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

Actually it is perfectly clear that homosexual sex is a perversion and the the Chief was not incorrect in saying so.  It is also clear that the homosexuals have the power to intimidate and silence…

tjmcmahon - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

I definitely am NOT an attorney, but a question I would have along this line is whether the corporate status of the various dioceses makes any difference? San Joaquin, for example, is a corporation sole,…

Words Matter - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

#7 I also missed the part about him distributing the book on the job.  That part of the picture changes things from a first amendment issue to employment law.  The article says he was suspended…

Charles - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

Jackie #7, I should have been more clear: I would “hope” that the response would be the same if it were a Muslin manager passing out discriminatory materials to fellow public servants.

Cranmerian - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

“I want to be clear that the material in Chief Cochran’s book is not representative of my personal beliefs, and is inconsistent with the administration’s work to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for all…

A. S. Haley - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

As a follow-up to my previous comment, I would like closely to examine the question of whether or not the Illinois appellate decision, that has now become final, is res judicata against ECUSA on the…

A. S. Haley - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

SC bcl (#9) - yes, the decision should have considerable significance in South Carolina. The right to “the name and the trademarks of the diocese” will belong to Bishop Lawrence’s Diocese if the court finds…

Jackie - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

I did not think it was clear that he was the distributor of the book although that is certainly a possibility.  I thought the punishment prior to an investigation was outrageous. Charles. If you seriously…

SC blu cat lady - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

Mr. Haley, Very great result for the Anglican diocese of Quincy! As the case in SC is very different in that it only asks who has the right to the name and the trademarks of…

Undergroundpewster - ECUSA Denied Leave to Appeal in Quincy Case

The Beers/Schori opening gambit ain’t working out so well at the end of the match.

Undergroundpewster - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

He was “...distributing copies of the book on city property after a number of firefighters said they received them in the workplace.”bl;es And I suspect this will be the city’s justification for the suspension if…

Words Matter - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

#3 - Public employees are not public property.  Because governmental entities are involved,  the first amendment is also in play.  Unless he wrote his book on city time or used city resources,  it’s open and…

Charles - Atlanta Punishes Fire Chief for Expressing HIs Religious Views

If a Muslim employee did the same thing he did, I would expect the same response.