December 19, 2014


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

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

The Week

The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

3 A good article over at the Federalist on the devastating victory that North Korea has had via cyberwar—I’m amazed there’s seemingly so little concern over this. The…

Shutting Down Freedom at Marquette

4 It has been reported that a professor at Marquette University (an ostensibly “Catholic and Jesuit” institution) has been suspended for daring to criticize the behavior of a fellow instructor. John McAdams wrote in…

Ted Cruz’s Good Losing Maneuver

14 It was amusing to watch the Republican establishment’s “confusion” and their rhetoric of “what could possibly be accomplished by this easily brushed aside yet dramatic ‘stunt’ ” by Ted Cruz’s point of order objection last…

Beethoven Benedictus

  (Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chorus)

Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

12 Like the rest of Sydney I woke up this morning to the awful news that the siege in Martin Place has ended with the death of two of the hostages and the gunman. Lives are…

The GOP: For Wall Street, Not Main Street

18 It’s good to be reminded that the leadership of the Republican Party is not conservative and does not value conservative things. They wish merely to be the ones in charge of the bloated government—“better managed…

Col. Allen West and the Race Card

7 Sadly enough today, if you are a black American standing for conservative principles and values — which are the foundation of the black community and what were once its strength — you are a target.…

The Libraries of Famous Men: Thomas Jefferson’s Recommended Reading

3 Periodically I like to remind myself of just how woefully destitute of knowledge our culture is by looking through the education requirements and “standard reading” for the educated in different centuries. But not to worry—we…

Good Places To Shop If You Have Some Extra Clink

4 Heh. This has been a useful post for thousands of conservatives and I’m passing it on to the SF crew.  Who knew about Bounty paper towels—that gets…

New Bishop of Gippsland (Oz) - Kay Goldsworthy

9 The Perth Anglican website is reporting that assistant bishop Kay Goldsworthy has been appointed the new Diocesan bishop of Gippsland, replacing John McIntyre who…

Do Professors Have a Right to “Academic Freedom?”

6 College.  It use to be an investment in our children’s future.  Is that still the case?  What are our children learning in the halls of “higher education?”  The best way to become intoxicated?  The best…

Decision Expected Soon in South Carolina Case

14 Today, at the request of Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein, both sides in the South Carolina case are submitting proposed forms of a final decision and order for her to sign. She will most likely use…

The Genderbread Person

5 If you live in California, you might want to check with your 13 YEAR OLD to see if Planned Parenthood has been peddling their bag of tricks to…

Unique Christmas Giving Opportunity

3 Friends, I am guessing that most of you know about The Alpha Course—my own parish has used it many times. At any rate, there is a unique giving opportunity to support four Alpha Courses in…

Tips for the Calamitously Depressive on Surviving the Christmas Season

12 Those of you who absolutely relish this season should read no further—this post is not for you, although my tips may give you some insights into any Calamitously Depressive friends or family members you may…

Recent Comments

MichaelA - New Bishop of Gippsland (Oz) - Kay Goldsworthy

Australian liberal Anglicans won’t like it that Archbishop Foley Beach of ACNA was hosted by the bishops at a reception at Bishopscourt in Sydney last month.  Nor the fact that he was visiting at the…

Katherine - The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

Words Matter, that would require a president willing to do such a thing.

Katherine - Shutting Down Freedom at Marquette

An extended family member was encouraged to indulge his nascent homosexuality at Marquette, so this doesn’t surprise me.  I think it was a Catholic school long ago.

Words Matter - The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

Do we not have back - channels by which the president informs Kim that he,  Kim, will be held personally accountable for any attacks in America?

Katherine - Ted Cruz's Good Losing Maneuver

I don’t see evidence that Barack Obama is as smart as Ted Cruz.  Seriously, no snark.  Obama, when not giving a prepared speech, is often not very articulate, certainly not brilliant.  I was out of…

Katherine - Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

Thank you for these reports, MichaelA.  I had not heard about the halal certification issue.  Good for Lindt, and good for Australians who will not bend to these demands.  Food producers and restaurants should be…

J Eppinga - The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

It gets hairier quickly.  A lack of a protocol for cyber-warfare suggests a lack of protocol for electronic warfare.  North Korea is suited for both, as its people are by and large not reliant upon…

Jeremy Bonner - Shutting Down Freedom at Marquette

While Abbate’s behavior is unacceptable (as is the treatment of McAdams), as someone teaching in an academic department (in the UK) I am uneasy about the idea of tenured faculty criticizing graduate instructors on their…

MichaelA - Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

Hi Fr Dale, a fair question and of course I don’t actually know the answers.  However here are a few things that spring to mind: My recollection is that the gunman was only plainly visible…

evan miller - Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

Fr. Dale, That was my first thought as I watched on TV.  Clearly there was an excellent opportunity for a police sniper to take the fellow out.  Goodness knows, there were enough heavily armed police…

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - Shutting Down Freedom at Marquette

Shutting down the discussion is what you need to resort to when you defend the indefensible.

evan miller - Ted Cruz's Good Losing Maneuver

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SpongJohn SquarePantheist - Ted Cruz's Good Losing Maneuver

“Ted Cruz is the Barack Obama of the Tea Party, as I see him.” Yes, he also has 2 eyes, a nose and 10 fingers, just like Obama. But he respects the rule of law,…

Sarah - Ted Cruz's Good Losing Maneuver

Why hello, Dallasite—knowing your political beliefs, it’s a good sign that you don’t like Cruz. RE: “As long as you define “conservative” as “whatever Ted Cruz says”, no one will be conservative enough . .…

Militaris Artifex - Ted Cruz's Good Losing Maneuver

BillB, Thank you for the belated invitation, we relocated from the Seattle area to San Antonio, arriving two months ago tomorrow. Pax et bonum, Keith Töpfer

Fr. Dale - Shutting Down Freedom at Marquette

I received my terminal degree from Marquette. Perhaps the only thing I remember about Marquette being Catholic were the Classrooms with a crucifix on the walls. This is probably no longer the case. Daniel Maguire…