June 24, 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

On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

5 Today, for the first time in my life that I can remember, I was ashamed to be an American. At the Evangelical Presbyterian Church General Assembly in Michigan this morning, we were blessed to be…

UMC Withdraws from RCRC, Agency Heads Throw Tantrum

5 You may have heard that the United Methodist Church’s General Conference voted earlier this year to withdraw from the odious Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a Moloch-worshipping organization that supports abortion at any time, for…

Islam Goes to the PCUSA

4 Yes, I have been away a long time (since last October, to be exact), and I have been mulling over giving up this blogging stuff altogether. Then, according to The Layman Online the Presbyterian Church…

Veteran Forcibly Dragged From Ceremony for Mentioning God

7 There are days it is hard to believe we are in the United States. On April 3, 2016, Master Sergeant Charles Roberson was retiring from active duty. Roberson…

Don’t Support the Media’s Memes

18 The Orlando shooter was not insane, or a deranged madman: like all haters, he had to be carefully taught. Indeed, he had visited the Pulse Club some dozen or so times beforehand, and had…

Sur-prise, Sur-prise!  Obama’s Power Plan is a Bunch of Hooey

1 Surprised?  Yeah, me neither. McConnell told Congress that, “The Clean Power Plan (CPP) has been falsely sold as impactful environmental regulation when it is really an attempt by our primary federal environmental…

London Mayor Seeks to Ban Images Deemed to be Sexualized

6 Well, that didn’t take long. .London’s first ever Muslim Mayor is set to ban images of ‘unrealistic’ scantily clad women from ads on public transport, which could see the…

Another Bump on the Downhill Slide

5 Just another bump on that downhill slide.  Frankly, I’m relieved they covered the windows.

Priest Seeks to Reclaim Pride from Christian Disparagement

10 Sadly, finding out the author of this piece is an Episcopal priest will not even raise the eyebrow of those who are familiar with the current…

ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in Women’s Restroom

6 It is always a shock to the elite when they have to face the very liberal agenda they have supported.  One only wonders if this…

Genderqueer, Australian Flags, Trump, Baal; Pots and Kettles

4 For the past few months Australia’s chattering classes (and a whole bunch of other people besides) have been discussing debating and (in true Orwellian style) denouncing over the question of the Safe Schools…

Memorial Day Tribute

1 Please take a moment to remember those who paid the ultimate price to serve our country. 

CII Recommendations Include Light Beatings for Wives

2 The council has proposed that a husband should be allowed to ‘lightly’ beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without…

ECUSA Loses (Again) in Quincy; San Joaquin Seeks Review [UPDATED]

6 [Note to new readers: You may be surprised at the degree of bias evident in this post, but I do not apologize. After eight years of participating in and writing about all of the matters…

Forksake Me Not

1 “Forsake me not, O Lord.” Psalm 38:21 Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use…

Recent Comments

Pb - On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

They are more interested in the bathroom thing.

B. Hunter - On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

We support a couple sets of missionaries that visit Kurdistan several times a year. Yeah, it’s nothing less than genocide. Yeah, the Obama Administration is doing next to nothing about it.  In my eyes, if…

B. Hunter - UMC Withdraws from RCRC, Agency Heads Throw Tantrum

Yeah, the letter is disgusting.  It should say: Dear RCRC - The UMC is withdrawing from RCRC membership. RCRC no longer represents the beliefs of the UMC, in that the Bible and Jesus Christ teaches…

B. Hunter - Islam Goes to the PCUSA

A nice prayer, but adding Jesus to the list of Prophets is insulting to His Deity. Muslims see Christians as heretics because they really don’t “get” the triune God.  Not that we really “get” it…

Katherine - On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

They certainly have helped create it, #2, and the administration is not willing to do anything to alleviate the suffering, not even bringing Christian refugees here.  Shame.

Jim the Puritan - On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

“I’ll have more–much more–to say about this subject in the days ahead. For now, I’ll leave it at this: my country, in the person of its commander-in-chief, is willing to see tens of thousands of…

BillB - On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

With the actions and inactions of Barrack Obama and with knowledge of his upbringing, I become more convinced that Barrack Obama is at heart a Muslim possibly operating under taqiyya.  His every action seems to…

Katherine - UMC Withdraws from RCRC, Agency Heads Throw Tantrum

At least they complied with the directive.  The tantrum is extra, to make them feel self-righteous about the awfulness of having to withdraw from a coalition of infanticide advocates.

Katherine - Islam Goes to the PCUSA

Maybe the Presbys there were offended, though, by the imam’s speaking of us as created male and female.

dwstroudmd+ - Islam Goes to the PCUSA

Sounds nice, doesn’t it.  That’s all that counts.  No theology needed. However, http://lutheransatire.org/media/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god/

GillianC - UMC Withdraws from RCRC, Agency Heads Throw Tantrum

Why do they think that the UMC has a “carefully nuanced position on abortion”?  Is it so, and how “nuanced” can it be?  You’re either for it or again’ it, right?

Undergroundpewster - UMC Withdraws from RCRC, Agency Heads Throw Tantrum

Or, “We will not repent.”

dwstroudmd+ - UMC Withdraws from RCRC, Agency Heads Throw Tantrum

God bless all the unborn Methodists who have “benefitted” from the “ministry” of the RCRC and been terminated in earthly terms.  He Who formed them in the womb knows them all.  God have mercy on…

Undergroundpewster - Islam Goes to the PCUSA

I suspect they not only did not bat an eye but also settled comfortably into their seats and patted themselves on the back for being so inclusive.

Jeffersonian - Don't Support the Media's Memes

You’ve all fallen into the trap:  You’re talking about guns. Talk about Islam.  Not “radical” Islam…just Islam.  Nothing these maniacs are doing is the slightest bit out of the Islamic mainstream.  That cannot be driven…

Undergroundpewster - Veteran Forcibly Dragged From Ceremony for Mentioning God

The flag folding speech was reportedly changed by the Pentagon in 2005 to remove references to God. Military rules is military rules. Sad that this happened when George W. Bush was Commander in Chief.