March 29, 2015

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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

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?

The Week

The Church’s Finances (I): Not as Rosy as Claimed

4 The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church (USA) has commended the staff at Church headquarters (815 Second Avenue in New York) for producing an operating “surplus” of some $2.4 million for calendar 2014.  A…

You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

10 One of the litmus test questions flung like grenades from the conservative and liberal trenches is, “So, you’re against (legal abortion) (the death penalty)? Then you must be against (the death penalty) (legal abortion).”  It…

Schori: Mormons Are Christians, Too

18 I hadn’t looked in on Chris Johnson in a while, and that was a mistake. He found something I’d missed, which is that the TEC Presiding Bishop…

Taxidermy or Truth?

11 City Church, the largest (now former) evangelical congregation in San Francisco, will no longer require members who experience same sex attraction to commit to celibacy. The explanatory letter written…

Anglican Future Conference - Interview with Ashley Null

1 This afternoon I sat down with Ashley Null, who is giving the keynote addresses here at the Anglican Future Conference. Ashley and I talked about his current research and Cranmer’s theology as understood in the…

Anglican Future Conference - Interview with Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya

This morning I sat down with Archbishop Elidu Wabukala; Primate of Kenya and Chair of the GAFCON Primates’ Council. We talked about his role, his Christian upbringing, the GAFCON movement and issues around the Anglican…

Strait Jacket Required

7 Behold the future leaders of Western civilization, British chapter. The following tweets are from something called the National Union of Students Women’s Campaign. They are from some kind…

[Oz & NZ] Anglican Future Conference Begins

2 This year’s Anglican Future Conference for Australia and New Zealand has begun in Melbourne as a joint venture between the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) Australia.…

Tyranny in Vestments

20 The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes, and ships, and sealing -wax; of cabbages, and kings. Yes, indeed—“of cabbages and kings.” The thing you need to know…

Smoking while pregnant and 2 + 2 = whatever

5 It is all over the news and the internet.  Ultrasound scans reveal babies in the womb reacting negatively to their mothers smoking cigarettes. The madness…

Meet the PCUSA’s Spong (UPDATED)

26 Today is apparently PCUSA Undermining Christianity Day. First comes the news about the official repudiation of Scripture and 2000 years of Christian history on sexuality. Then I came across this item from the Patheos blog…

PCUSA Repudiation of Christian Marriage Official

31 The Presbyterian Church (USA) has made it official: it has embraced the Zeitgeist, and told God it’s time He got with the program: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition…

[CofE] A Southwark “Apology” - Why Much More is Needed from Goddard and the Bishop

9 The Bishop of Southwark has issued the following statement ‘The Bishop of Kingston has, at my request, now met with the Vicar of St John, Waterloo to discuss the Inclusive Mosque event which…

[CofE] A Great Big Hole in the Reconciliation Boat

26 Well this is going to upset a few people. Last Sunday’s sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral in London is not what you might call “conciliatory”. Nothing like it, in fact. The…

[CofE] The Southwark Crisis Deepens

6 It’s fair to say that up until now the main voices speaking up in Southwark about the Muslim Prayer Service held at St John’s Waterloo under the invitation of Canon Giles Goddard have been evangelicals…

Recent Comments

Undergroundpewster - The Church's Finances (I): Not as Rosy as Claimed

I want to know why a Church would accept money from the Government in the first place.

Nikolaus - The Church's Finances (I): Not as Rosy as Claimed

I agree with Sarah except I would say that rudimentary knowledge is insufficient.  In my experience on boards I find most members to be woefully inadequate on finance and accounting.  But virtually all that are…

Undergroundpewster - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

That update looks like an example of someone who sold his soul in order to get elected.

Timothy Fountain - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

Just added an update to show the political entanglement of a key figure in this case with NARAL, Planned Parenthood and other abortionist wingnuts.

Sarah - The Church's Finances (I): Not as Rosy as Claimed

RE: “In other words, the Episcopal Church is in the hole to the tune of over a million dollars for calendar 2014.” Now Allan—I find it hard to believe that not one member of the…

JuliaInVa - Schori: Mormons Are Christians, Too

“Proclaiming Good News can only begin with listening and beginning to understand the vernacular.” This isn’t even logical. Proclaiming doesn’t begin with listening—it begins with speaking. Vernacular is ordinary language. We don’t need to “begin”…

Katherine - The Church's Finances (I): Not as Rosy as Claimed

If I were still pledging to ECUSA, indeed I would want to know more about EMM.  And I’d want to know what the church headquarters needs $38 million for.

Jim the Puritan - Schori: Mormons Are Christians, Too

Actually I suspect the real “membership” of the Episcopal Organization is around 600,000, based on ASA.  And probably still dropping. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/average_sunday_attendance_by_province_and_diocese_2003-2013_6.pdf  A lot of their membership is based on people baptized 70 years ago that…

A. S. Haley - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

It’s a sad state of affairs when one can say this, but the most certain way to reverse society’s penchant for abortion is to pass a law providing that unless the mother expressly chooses another…

Michael D - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

I think if we changed the laws so that abortion was only allowed after the baby had been given a fair trial and found guilty of a capital crime, that would be progress. Sorry, did…

Katherine - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

One can logically favor the death penalty for murder and oppose abortion.  One can logically oppose both.  One cannot logically oppose the death penalty for murder while favoring at-will abortion.  People do hold this position,…

Timothy Fountain - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

#3 rick allen thank you for speaking up - there are many Christians who make principled arguments against capital punishment and glad you represented.  One especially important argument is embedded in the word “penitentiary” -…

Undergroundpewster - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

So if ABC NEws currently refers to the baby as a baby and not a fetus, how long will it take for them and other media outlets to reword the story to be more in…

rick allen - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

From today’s New York Times: “The church now teaches that the death penalty could be justified only for self-defense in the narrow sense of preventing a killer from committing a future killing. So in the…

Katherine - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

This case should cause pro-abortion activists to re-think their support for late-term abortions.  The idea that an almost eight-month child was not human and her killing was not murder is incredibly repugnant.  We’re not going…

Nikolaus - You know that abortion/capital punishment symmetry argument? UPDATED

No, morally and ethically there is no equivalence.  Capital punishment is the prerogative of the state for certain criminal acts.  A baby, especially pre-birth, is the most pure and innocent human being that there is. …