October 31, 2014

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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

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.

Rumor Control

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.

The Week

A Bit of Martin Luther for Reformation Day

3 If you have never read Martin Luther’s Commentary on Galatians, you have missed out on some of the most brilliant and historically pivotal expositional writing in the last 500 years. Even…

Reformation Day - Archbishop Thomas Cranmer Burns His Hand

Foxe tells it well The queen’s revenge was only to be satiated by Cranmer’s blood, and therefore she wrote an order to Dr. Pole, to prepare…

Anticipating the Cost of Closing Coal Plants

3 As the old saying goes, Hindsight is 20/20.  Of course, anyone not blinded by the rhetoric of money grubbing politicians could have seen this coming.  One wonders if Al and…

Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

7 Well, what do you know?  Evidently if you stand up to a bully, they back down and return to their hovels until a less able victim comes along.  Houston…

Should the US be the World’s Medical Backstop Against Ebola?

4 Australia becomes the first developed nation to close its border to citizens of Ebola impacted countries.  U.S. soldiers who are receiving less than a day of training before…

NH Parking Officials:  Keeping the Vision Alive

3 While most government officials are directing their energy fending off claims of incompetence (hard fight btw), you can sleep well tonight knowing that the parking officials in New Hampshire are doing their part to keep…

Should Ebola Health Care Workers Be Quarantined?

10 I am a nurse who has just returned to the U.S. after working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone - an Ebola-affected country. I have been quarantined in New Jersey. This is not a…

On Avoiding Conflict and Calming Everything Down

7 Noticed something quite striking as I look ahead in Luke’s gospel for our ongoing sermon series. Luke 11:43-44 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the…

Stealing Youthful Innocence in the Name of Feminism

12 The left has truly jumped the shark with their recent video where little girls are dressed up as princesses in the name of feminism.  The dress up is not the problem - it is the…

Bishop Ken Short’s Funeral - Livestream

2 Bishop Ken Short, father of of Rev. David Short (rector of St John’s, Shaunessy in Vancouver) passed away a few days ago in Sydney.…

CA to Churches: You WILL Bow to Molech

14 The state of California, in its infinite wisdom, has become the latest secular jurisdiction to decide the First Amendment doesn’t apply within its bounds. This time, the issue is abortion, and the churches of that…

Marry These People or Else

29 I saw this over the weekend, and given the peculiar circumstances I wanted to give it some thought before posting. Having done so, my conclusion is that, yep, the gay fascists are seeking to run…

Horus Reads the Internet

7 harsh, but fair: ... because ... you’re ... a ... Biblically-illiterate buffoon who has never listened to a single Christian sermon on the issue, talked with a single Christian…

Houston Makes Meaningless Change in Unconstitutional Demand

14 Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, who has now apparently been fully informed about what a private law firm has been doing in the name of her city, has announced that the city has made a…

John Hagee Plays Israel Politics With Ebola

5 I love Israel, and think Jerusalem is the coolest place on Earth. Ebola is a worry, for sure, especially with the incompetent and politicized way our government is dealing with it. But John Hagee, America’s…

Recent Comments

ToAllTheWorld - Anticipating the Cost of Closing Coal Plants

Liberals puts their agenda over everything, including common sense.  If you are determined to “go green,” common sense would dictate that you build your alternative energy source, insure that it produces enough energy to replace…

Undergroundpewster - A Bit of Martin Luther for Reformation Day

Hand that out to the trick or treaters tonight!

Karen B. - A Bit of Martin Luther for Reformation Day

I like that Pastor Scotty Smith has posted today a prayer in gratitude for the Gospel and the Reformation http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scottysmith/2014/10/31/a-prayer-of-gratitude-for-the-gospel-on-reformation-day/ here’s an excerpt On Reformation Day 2014, I gladly affirm that my hope is built…

Karen B. - A Bit of Martin Luther for Reformation Day

So powerful, thanks for sharing Matt.  Happy Reformation Day!

Daniel - Anticipating the Cost of Closing Coal Plants

I like the anti-Midas thing.  So turning gold to poop can be call AlGorechemy in honor of Al Gordo?

helpmelord - Anticipating the Cost of Closing Coal Plants

This is about what you would expect. Liberalism MUST be stopped! They ruin everything. They have the anti-Midas touch. All that they touch turns from gold to sh-t.

Katherine - Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

It will be interesting to watch the progress of the lawsuit.  If city employees improperly rejected that petition it will be more than their “civil rights” at risk.  The activity may have civil or criminal…

Katherine - Should the US be the World's Medical Backstop Against Ebola?

MichaelA, Australia’s decision to restrict entry for nationals of the Ebola hot zone makes perfect sense.  Our refusing to do so makes little sense.  And the US is like you as to agricultural products and…

Fr. Dale - Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

To me this just means there will not be an immediate return to a frontal assault. There will be a consistent subterfuge and probing. Do not think this is the end of the matter. What…

Nellie - LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis... is ‘long overdue’

Interesting article, MichaelA. I missed this in the Register. The secular media don’t seem to grasp - or deliberately ignore - the difference between same-sex orientation and same-sex actions. The Catholic Church does indeed make…

MichaelA - Should the US be the World's Medical Backstop Against Ebola?

There seem to be a lot of over-reactions. Really, if the US wants to put everyone who returns from an affected nation into a 21-day quarantine, why is that a problem?  Presumably it is footing…

MichaelA - LifeSite: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis... is ‘long overdue’

Very interesting WM, thank you.

MichaelA - Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

Congratulations to Dave Fischler and the team at Stand Firm, and the many other people (not least the pastors and their churches) who stood up and made their voice heard on this issue.

Jim the Puritan - Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

#3—Just another example that Everything is about the homosexual agenda with these folks.  Maybe the mayor needs to see a civil rights suit filed against her for her actions, since now it has been clear…

Ralph - Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

From here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/29/houston-mayor-drops-bid-to-subpoena-pastors-sermons/ “On Tuesday a group of clergy met with Houston’s mayor. Afterwards, some of those ministers met with Pastor Riggle. They relayed a portion of the private conversation they had with the mayor.…

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - Houston Mayor Drops Controversial Pastor Subpoenas

Lefties are like a shambling zombie horde. They just keep coming back again and again. There is no repentance, no lesson learned. That can be wearying at times, even when they back down most of…