February 27, 2015

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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

Anatomy Lesson

14 Because college students have been sheltered all their lives from any information about sex, sexual behavior, or female anatomy (no information about any of these is available on the Internet, last time I checked, which…

SC Judge Makes Short Shrift of ECUSA’s Motion

22 As reported here, the Episcopal Church (USA) and its rump group in South Carolina filed a 182-page motion for reconsideration with Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein, asking her to reverse…

Quincy Court to TEC: “Plaintiffs Won—Quit Your Bad-Faith Maneuvers ... Now!”

20 On Friday, the trial court judge in the Quincy case issued a strongly worded order to TEC and its attorneys…

Fort Worth Case Argued before Judge Chupp

9 This morning the Hon. John Chupp, District Judge for the 141st District Court in Tarrant County, heard oral arguments in the case that the Texas Supreme Court last September remanded to him for trial. Both…


21 The last “word” of the headline is not the name of a town in Wales. It is, rather, an acronym for the clientele of one of the forms of “program housing” run by Wesleyan University…

America Goes to Holy War

6 Theologian-in-Chief Barack Obama has made his decision. American has gone to war with Islamic heresy, according to al-Jazeera: US President Barack Obama has said his country is not at war with Islam, but…

My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

6 I’m posting this in part because Dr. Sacks is an exceptional thinker and writer in the world of medicine, and in part because this is Lent—and though I do not believe that he is a…

At terror confab, Obama SPOX calls out “Christian militants”

17 The moral equivalence campaign continues, as the Obama administration seeks to downplay Islamic terror and lack of Muslim and Western resistance to it. MSNBC…

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

14 I know this is a competition with an enormous number of entries, but we may have a winner in the contest to determine the Dumbest Thing Ever Said By An Obama Administration Official. It comes…

Fret Not Little Ones

2 In light of recent events I thought it might be nice to republish this 2008 classic contribution to Stand Firm from an Established and Highly Esteemed Anglican Scholar: The Rev. Ainsley Q. Pennyfeather III, D.D.,…

Join the Army, Indulge One’s Psychoses

12 The continuing effort to normalize mental illness is making inroads in almost every institution in society. Among the targets of the continuing effort to detach America from reality is the United States Army, according to…

How to Deal With Gay Brownshirts

13 The comment columns on most Internet news and opinion sites are a cesspool of trolling, ad hominem attacks, name-calling, and worse. But every now and then, one reads such a column and finds a gem.…

ECUSA to Judge Goodstein: “We, not You, Get to Decide What Is Ours”

21 As predicted in this space, the Episcopal Church (USA) and its rump group have, precisely on the last possible day to do so, filed a motion asking Judge Goodstein to “reconsider” (actually, replace wholesale) her…

Canon Ashey and the Beef

2 Last week I took issue with an article written by Canon Ashey of the American Anglican Council, entitled, “Where’s the Beef”. The article seemed to criticize the Archbishop of Canterbury for his decision (as of…

South African College Students Vote for Apartheid

4 In some places, the march back to the 1930s is being led by college students. From South Africa, Inside Higher Ed reports: The student government of the Durban University of Technology,…

Recent Comments

Pb - Scientists: Stop Being a Baby

I was offended by NatGeo article and may not renew. I am apparently lumped in with a group which denies evolution. I just think that Darwin was wrong about random mutation and natural selection. There…

Fr. Dale - Scientists: Stop Being a Baby

My March issue of National Geographic magazine is titled “The War On Science”. It groups climate change skeptics with those who deny we landed on the moon. Category error!

Roland - Scientists: Stop Being a Baby

Now it becomes apparent why Obama wants to make college free. That is where the next generation is to be indoctrinated in the ideology of anthropogenic global warming, as well as other sorts of political…

Roland - America Goes to Holy War

Polls show that 44% of Americans say they don’t know what Barack Obama’s religion is. Most of them know very well (if only because of the Jeremiah Wright scandal) that he claims to be a…

Roland - Not a Joke: LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM

The notion that all of these non-conforming groups together constitute a “community” is just a political fiction. During the dozen years when I was a member of an urban Anglo-Catholic parish, I got to observe…

BillB - Anatomy Lesson

Following on from Sarah, This is the new Golden Calf of this age of libertinism.  It will bring the same ends.

Pageantmaster ن - Anatomy Lesson

The Sewanee appears to have turned into a sewer.  Not a place for ladies, or gentlemen, but for dolts and cads with intellectual pretentions.  Exodus 32.

Peter Brown - Not a Joke: LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM

Chris, I would bet substantial money that that three-letter word is there on purpose, simply because they can.  Being transgressive is the whole point—whether the transgression makes any sense or not outside the bubble is…

Peter Brown - Homosexuality: It's What's For Dinner

I’m pretty sure this has no future, except maybe as a means of self-hatred/self-destruction.  Even what they grow in Berkeley, as far as I know, reproduces sexually.  Unless this guy is being secretly funded by…

ToAllTheWorld - Anatomy Lesson

No, Fr. Hutch (#11), the seminary faculty are too busy trashing N.T. Wright to notice the orgy going on down the road.

frhutch - Anatomy Lesson

And the seminary at Sewanee is silent!  Lord have mercy!

Fr. Dale - Anatomy Lesson

Anyone remember the Homunculus from their psychology class?http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/5/1005.full.pdf+html Now they are calling for a “Hermunculus”.

Going Home - Anatomy Lesson

If my children are going to be taught in an environment that is hostile to the Gospel, I would rather it be in an avowedly non-religious school, and not one that is tied to a…

johnd - Anatomy Lesson

Pewster (5), can the male counterpart be in place by the summer solstice?  I can see this being worked into a good pagan festival - unless the School of Theology already has one booked. 

dwstroudmd+ - Anatomy Lesson

Proper anatomy may be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoris - not at the statue.  Why am I recollecting A CLOCKWORK ORANGE?  It cannot be a flashback as I never did acid.

Sarah - Anatomy Lesson

Good heavens. How tawdry and tasteless. Of course it’s all vile and a weird idolatry too. But mostly these days I just think how hopelessly tawdry it all is.  It’s as if they don’t realize…