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
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.
Orthodox Announce Ecumenical Council
6 A meeting of Eastern Orthodox patriarchs ended Sunday with a call for the bishops of Orthodoxy to convene in an Ecumenical Council in 2016. According to Reuters via the Huffington Post: Patriarchs…
Did Jesus mean baptism when he said “born by water and the Spirit?”
8 “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” Jesus’ words in John 3 are up this Sunday. I cringe a bit at…
So, how go those Lenten disciplines?
4 Probably just as God intends: “The Spirit is present that they may be raised up, and withdraws that they may be humbled. It is present that It may glorify them with the display of virtue,…
UPDATED: Has Presiding Bishop Invitation to Preach at Nashotah Been Withdrawn?
24 UPDATE: This information is from a reliable source within Nashotah House and was received via email today: “She is coming May 1st to deliver a eulogy for Deacon Terry Star in Adams Hall. She…
BREAKING - SCOTUS Denies Falls Church Petition
12 The order list published this morning by the United States Supreme Court shows that, after relisting the case for its conferences four times, it has denied certiorari (review) in No. 13-449, The Falls Church…
Former Mars Hill Elder challenges leadership culture under Driscoll
9 TLF+ disclosure: I’ve been in contact with Dave Kraft as a ministry mentor since meeting him at a 2011 workshop in Sioux Falls. Alongside of the controversies over Pastor Mark Driscoll’s
Stand Firm is 10 Years Old Today
57 On Monday, March 8, 2004, I made the very first entry in the Stand Firm system. When one looks back at “where it all started” for something like this, it’s more difficult than it appears…
The Sin of Reconciliation
6 What offends Jesus about the Church in Thyatira? Her open-mindedness, her willingness to live into the tension of difference, her being reconciled with those who approach the word of God from a new perspective…“I have…
Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina Resolution: Response to Offer of Provisional Primatial Oversight
3 From The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina website—make certain you read the entire piece, including the rationale and the oversight to which the resolution refers: Recognizing…
3 Everyone in Washington knows that the President’s submission of a 2015 budget was nothing more than Kabuki theater, especially since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had announced a couple of days before that the Senate…
(updated) [Oz] Bishop Sarah Macneil Conducted Same-Sex “Blessing” While Diocesan Archdeacon
13 The following comment was left on my website on Wednesday evening, A few years ago a person who is the daughter of Christian friends of mine entered into a lesbian relationship in Canberra.…
Pray for the Ugley Vicar
12 John Richardson, also known as the Ugley Vicar and much loved by many, asks us to pray for him… A short update on what you may…
Red Quiver: A 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
1 The internet has a lot of excellent resources for those seeking assistance with their Lenten Discipline. You might want to check out this great suggestion at the Red Quiver Initiative.During this…
A Modest Proposal to Reform ECUSA (II)
4 In Part I of these posts, I went through the concept of rethinking the Episcopal Church (USA), or ECUSA, in such a way as to restore its pastoral and…
The Most Important Issue in the World
I got an email today from the Presbyterian Church (USA)‘s Office of Public Witness. It was about one of the most important foreign policy issues facing the United States today. That means it had to…
A Senior Priest - Orthodox Announce Ecumenical Council
The Huff Post got it wrong. I checked with a friend who is an Eastern Orthodox Archbishop. He says that it’s NOT going to be an “Ecumenical” Council but a “Pan-Orthodox” Council. There’s a big,…
Sarah - Orthodox Announce Ecumenical Council
Capn Jack your comment is hateful and divisive!
MichaelA - Did Jesus mean baptism when he said "born by water and the Spirit?"
Thank you, Fr Fountain. I can see a connection between John 3 and baptism because two chapters before, Jesus himself was baptized with water and had the Holy Spirit descend upon him: “Then John gave…
Capn Jack Sparrow - Orthodox Announce Ecumenical Council
40+ years to decide to have a council, and that after 1200 years? Wow! I mean no disrespect to say that this reminds me of the Entmoot in TLOR. “We have decided…..that you are not…
rwkachur - BREAKING - SCOTUS Denies Falls Church Petition
I’m not going to go over well-tilled ground, while I am disappointed I will say that the current TFC-Episcopal Rector has been gracious and respectful through this. When he posted on his blog about how…
MichaelA - Orthodox Announce Ecumenical Council
“Patriarchs of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians…” Doesn’t this need a qualifier? As Bill2 at #2 points out, there are roughly 250 million *Eastern* Orthodox Christians, but there are also about 90 million *Oriental*…
Undergroundpewster - Did Jesus mean baptism when he said "born by water and the Spirit?"
And don’t forget these hints that there is more to the water reference than meets the eye. “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3. Jesus answered and said unto…
Undergroundpewster - So, how go those Lenten disciplines?
Ask me again in 3 weeks.
Br. Michael - Did Jesus mean baptism when he said "born by water and the Spirit?"
I think that you cannot leave out of the equation that ritual washing in a mikvah was well known to Jesus. That ritual washing was necessary to remove uncleanliness before entering into the Holy presence…
Bill2 - Orthodox Announce Ecumenical Council
“One is the multiplication of jurisdictions based on ethnicity in places like the United States, which has crippled Orthodox outreach to non-ethnics for decades. The second is relations with other Christian churches (specifically, Rome), which…
ToAllTheWorld - Former Mars Hill Elder challenges leadership culture under Driscoll
I’m not looking for gossip here, but it would be helpful to have a few more specifics in order to render an opinion on Kraft’s assertions regarding Mark Driscoll. When Kraft says such things as…
Glendermott - BREAKING - SCOTUS Denies Falls Church Petition
Folks at Church of the Word in Gainesville, VA, will be upset when they read of this decision. Even though they came out of the Virginia Lawsuit with their property intact, we still identify with…
Glendermott - Did Jesus mean baptism when he said "born by water and the Spirit?"
It is obvious that Jesus alluded to the contrast between natural birth and spiritual birth. Therefore water refers to the environment of natural birth and spirit the environment of spiritual birth. Baptism or baptismal regeneration…
ToAllTheWorld - UPDATED: Has Presiding Bishop Invitation to Preach at Nashotah Been Withdrawn?
TJ (#15), my comment (#14) was not in response to what you said but a response to the update that Jackie posted, in which it appears that Nashotah House is now trying to make it…
Adam 12 - Did Jesus mean baptism when he said "born by water and the Spirit?"
I would have to think that Jesus, who was above all time, had to have known how the Church would develop and the eventual place of the sacraments in it when he spoke these words—-and…
Fr. David McElrea (formerly farstrider+) - Did Jesus mean baptism when he said "born by water and the Spirit?"
Well said, Timothy+.