June 30, 2015


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


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

The Week

The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

10 These are the bishops—as nearly as we can tell—who voted no to TEC’s announcing that marriage is now gender-neutral. I’ve tried to divide them by categories [ie, Diocesans, Province 9, etc.] Just a reminder—we…

A Little #lovewins Fun

5 I’ve been having some fun tonight. Feel free to share with others…

Episcopal Church service celebrates language of sexual misconduct

6 Once upon a time, in fact, still today on paper, the Episcopal Church argued for healthy boundaries to prevent sexual abuse of adults and children, and to preserve the holiness…

Bishop Martins at GC: “the Episcopal Church has, today, effectively redefined marriage”

14 I am very proud of the few conservatives who are deputies at General Convention—they do what they can, even while they watch the church commit seppuku. Having been there for two conventions it is exceedingly…

It Begins 4: Tax the Bigots!

12 Well, that didn’t take long. On Sunday, less than 48 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court imposed same-sex marriage on all 50 states, one of the most prominent religion journalists in the country called for…

Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry

23 1) Over a nine-year period, conservative and moderate Episcopalians will eventually recognize that, like the current Presiding Bishop, Bishop Curry does not share our faith or commitments or most basic values or foundational worldview. As…

A Psalm for Today

2 When contemplating current events, it helps me to remember King Solomon’s contention that there is nothing new under the sun.  In fact, Ecclesiastes contains on of my

Here’s an oasis in the midst of all the crazy bad news

5 The crazy bad news is real.  Stand Firm is all over it, both in the church and in the world. For whatever reason (and I’m not asking or analyzing, just giving thanks and praise), God’s…

Trouble Ahead for US Churches?

23 The Supreme Court is an anomaly. It is neither “Supreme” (since it can overrule itself at any time that five justices think differently, and also can be overruled by statute or constitutional amendment) nor—after yesterday’s…

From One Clergy Deputy to General Convention

14 The below is from a clergy deputy to The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, which is ongoing over the coming 7 days—on the table will be approval of a number of blasphemous acts that lead people…

It Begins 3: ACLU Gets Out of Civil Liberties Business

9 The American Civil Liberties Union was once a stalwart supporter of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because it wanted to protect the freedoms of minority believers. Now that it might be used to…

Bristol Palin pregnant out of wedlock again

3 ‪Bristol Palin‬ has manipulated pro-life people to cover for a promiscuous, self centered life style. Her behavior exemplifies the “cafeteria…

Twitter exchange over rainbow White House

6 The tweet of the rainbow lit White House, with the “Love wins” hashtag, led me to point out that the state can’t define love.  Really, it can’t.  It can sanction contracts, but it can’t define…

It Begins 2: Obama Calls for Dissenters to Get With the Program

13 The body of historical marriage wasn’t cold yet when President Obama took to the bully pulpit to let those of us who dissent from the New Sexual Orthodoxy™ know that expects us to get in…

It Begins: Clinton Advisor Refuses to Comment on Church Tax Exemptions

5 A top advisor to a potential next president of the United States, Karen Finney, was asked today about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. She was asked whether churches that refuse to perform same…

Recent Comments

Jill Woodliff - Episcopal Church service celebrates language of sexual misconduct

“Spirit of Life, we thank you for disordering our boundaries.” In Genesis 1, the Spirit hovered over the chaos of the face of the deep and brought order.  The Integrity prayer mocks the work of…

Karen B. - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

George Conger has taken a picture of the document with the roll call vote that is available to the press covering GC 2015: http://www.scribd.com/doc/270135623/Roll-Call-Vote-on-Resolution-A036

Karen B. - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

Thanks to a commenter on another thread I was reminded there was a roll call vote on Resolution A049 at GC 2012 regarding making SSB liturgies available for use.  It took a year for the…

Karen B. - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

Interesting…  browsing the comments over at Episcopal Cafe, there is a comment by Dr. Seitz which is worth noting here: For the record only (as it won’t actually matter, given the status of C/C). 129…

Nikolaus - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

Must admit I’m a bit impressed that the list is that long.

Karen B. - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

Driver, a few of the bishops voting against may not have been against SSM, but instead concerned about the change in Canon creating a conflict between the Canons and the Prayer Book.  It will be…

driver8 - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

Wyoming is the big surprise for me. Given that the Bishop has permitted both same sex blessings and now marriages in his diocese, his vote against is unexpected.

gaanglican - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

I suppose the Diocesan bishops who abstain think it gives them some kind of cover with the folks (read donors) back home.

Karen B. - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

Note, all the vote tallies above include US diocesans and Province IX diocesans to try and keep the comparisons valid.

Karen B. - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

Great work to get the list published.  Thanks so much Sarah. I dug through ancient archives on my computer to see what comparisons I could come up with.  Here are other vote tallies - in…

Jackie - The List of Episcopal Bishops Who Voted Against A036

I guess Doyle figured he needed to continue to sit on that fence he has been straddling in Texas.  Wonder if anyone has told him, pretending is for children.  He has clearly drunk the koolaid,…

GillianC - Five Predictions About Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry

I’m surprised to see Pittsburgh there - he has authorized the “pastoral response” since SSM became legal last year - with much hand-wringing, of course.

Words Matter - A Little #lovewins Fun

Texas indeed. I’ve been waiting for successionist talk

Ralph - A Little #lovewins Fun

You got the Dutch elm, but missed out on The Dog. That’s the Next Frontier.

driver8 - Bishop Martins at GC: "the Episcopal Church has, today, effectively redefined marriage"

I found headphones helped. I don’t know whether there was a concern to make bishop’s votes difficult to discover at this General Convention. I am sure that in the past this has been the case.…

Timothy Fountain - Bishop Martins at GC: "the Episcopal Church has, today, effectively redefined marriage"

It’s not you, driver8.  The votes are inaudible.  What a crappy job TEC does, maybe just to hide things for a bit longer from the pewsitters.