May 22, 2015

Features

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.

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

Latest on Gay Propaganda and Its Effect

1 Two apparently unrelated pieces of news this week are, in fact, tied firmly together under the heading “gay propaganda.” First, there’s this from the Daily Caller regarding a bogus “study” about changing…

A Word on Martha and Mary

2 Today’s Daily Office includes Luke’s account of Jesus at Martha’s house. Last year, that lesson inspired

“It does not happen in my diocese with my permission”: Bishop Bruno, to the New York Times reporter

32 [Bumped again—because it’s always good to see lying bishops]. [Bumped, because it’s too priceless not to see again, and

Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

13 A snarky little blog post in the OC (Orange County, CA) Weekly tells the tale. Even after The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its…

Statement of St. James’ (Anglican) Rector on TEC Fire Sale

4 Received by email: We have been informed that Bishop J. Jon Bruno has announced the pending sale of the Via Lido church property and apparently, the dissolution of any remnant congregation there.  This is disappointing…

TEC to sell off another church it “won”

7 The Diocese of Los Angeles will be selling off the property currently known as St. James’ Church.  The…

Interview with Kanishka Raffel, soon to be Dean of Sydney Cathedral

Kanishka Raffel, who was announced as the new Dean of Sydney Anglican Cathedral this Sunday, was good enough to sit down this weekend and answer a few questions for our readers. I’m very…

[Oz] Kanishka Raffel is new Dean of Sydney

Some wonderful news to report from here in Australia. Announcements have been made this morning in both Sydney and Perth that the new dean of Sydney Cathedral is Kanishka Raffel, currently the Rector…

The Episcopal Church: Undermining the USA from Within (and Betraying Christians)

24 In my previous post, I detailed the sordid story by which the Episcopal Church (USA) has gotten into the debt collection business. Refugees designated to migrate to the United States are advanced travel money…

Sold off Seminary “Manhattan’s next buzzy event space”

1 Vanity Fair reports on how sold off chunks of General Theological Seminary are serving social justice a new playground for affluent hipsters. The former…

From One Fake Nation-State to Another

7 The seat of the Roman Catholic Church, which enjoys the legal fiction of being an independent country, has decided that it is going to recognize another legal fiction for the sake of making political points.…

College Students: Where Brain Cells Go to Die

8 Burning at the stake is not yet a legal punishment for dissent from the Church of Global Warming. Some students at Western Washington State University, however, want to expand the list of acceptable forms of…

Science ‘n’ Reason Roundup

3 It’s funny how “science and reason” can contradict only Christian orthodoxy, and nevah dispute the “settled” proclamations of leftists, especially churchy leftists.  The New England…

Bishop Brewer’s Bad Baptismal Bargain

3 Here are my comments on Bishop Brewer’s statement in which he defends his decision to allow the baptism the child of an unrepentant homosexual couple. …

How to Respond to Anti-First Amendment Buffoons

1 I’m sure you’ve heard about the growing hysteria at America’s colleges and universities among the spoiled brats who are so emotionally crippled and intellectually challenged that they can’t stand to be exposed to thoughts with…

Recent Comments

tjmcmahon - "It does not happen in my diocese with my permission": Bishop Bruno, to the New York Times reporter

because it’s always good to see lying bishops Oh, c’mon Sarah…. I mean, you know, it’s not like he would throw people out of their church property after his predecessor approved a deal for them…

Timothy Fountain - Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

Responding to questions about how the Anglican congregation is faring, got this word from SoCal, The property market here is challenging. After nearly two years of small rented office/midweek meeting space and a series of…

helpmelord - Latest on Gay Propaganda and Its Effect

Watched the video. Guess what? I’m better than that bozo.

Timothy Fountain - A Word on Martha and Mary

Thanks, ‘pewster.  Good counsel.

Robert Lundy - "It does not happen in my diocese with my permission": Bishop Bruno, to the New York Times reporter

Just after this presser finished, I walked up to Bishop Bruno to ask some more questions. I asked, “your diocese will be electing a new suffragan in a few weeks, do you think they would…

Undergroundpewster - A Word on Martha and Mary

Caregivers should also pay attention to their physical health. I have seen the toll it takes on body and spirit. The story of Martha, Mary and Jesus should be mandatory reading every Christmas too because…

Undergroundpewster - "It does not happen in my diocese with my permission": Bishop Bruno, to the New York Times reporter

Translation: “It happens in my diocese without my outward expression of permission (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, smirk, smirk) but with my inward glowing approval.”

jamesw - Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

Right, and even for people who don’t passionately hate Christians, also have no desire to join the church.  I know a gay guy who undoubtedly likes TEC and the liberal mainlines better than orthodox denominations,…

Timothy Fountain - Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

Michael A #9, I’m trying to get some info on that.  Will post it here in the comments if I can find out more.

Words Matter - Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

And now the Boy Scouts will have gay leaders.  Any guesses add to the trajectory of their membership?

MichaelA - Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

How is St James’ church going (the leavers I mean)?  I note from their website that they are running four services, using different premises, so that sounds alright.  Are they likely to be able to…

MichaelA - TEC to sell off another church it "won"

That’s a good point, High Grace.  The tragedy of TEC is more than just apostasy and breach of trust.  It also seems to be the withdrawal (or fading away) of any Anglican presence in many…

MichaelA - Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

Thanks for this - what a classic example of TEC’s attitude.

Jim the Puritan - Failure of TEC LGBT Strategy in One Easy Blog

Bad things will not be allowed to be spoken because of their micro-aggressive nature.

tjmcmahon - TEC to sell off another church it "won"

Paving paradise and putting up parking lots If we take the word of John Chrysostom, I rather suspect they may be paving a different road altogether. or $15 million to settle litigation fees. I think…

Sarah - Statement of St. James' (Anglican) Rector on TEC Fire Sale

An excellent and pastoral response from Father Crocker.