September 15, 2014

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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?

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.

Facebook: Purveyor of Hate

I am normally a big advocate of free speech. I can’t stand college speech codes, and the political correctness culture that demands a pound of flesh when someone violates its taboos drives me crazy. I’m all for calling out nonsense and even hate, but I have no use for silencing idiots and bigots. Let the marketplace of ideas consign stupidity and prejudice to the garbage cans and sewers where they belong. Then there’s Facebook.

The Week

Palestinian Terrorism Reloading

4 In the West, there is a belief that there is a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. That is incorrect, at least from the perspective of Islamic terrorists. For them, this period…

Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

13 Earlier this week David Fischler attempted to close the contest for the Government Official Quote of the Year, in the category of Egregiously Stupid.  I’m going to give…

Re-branding The Asylum

15 Many churches have sought to re-brand themselves by picking a new name. Instead of “St. Swithens” or “St. Cuthbert’s” they become: “Crossroads Community” or “The Gathering” or “The Neighborhood”. A Baptist Church in Portland Oregon,…

Are We Figure Skaters or Preachers?

2 From Phil Johnson: Pulpit Highlights - Phil Johnson from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

California State Universities Fight “Islamophobia,” stoke Contempt for Christians

11 The recent news out of the California State University System is troubling.  Even the lefty Huffington Post describes it as a…

Dr. Mohler: The Osteen Predicament—Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

1 The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed…

Government Official Quote of the Year

5 We can close the competition, we have a winner. The Quote of the Year from a government employee–one that should be etched into the marble above the entrance to the White House, the Department of…

The Christian Case for Abortion Rights: Writer Goes In Search of a Mythical Beast

3 Here’s the headline from the Daily Beast: A Christian Case for Abortion Rights? Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.…

Making Us Debate Gutting First Amendment is UNFAIR!!!

9 You may have heard some more about the plan of Senate Democrats to eviscerate the First Amendment (a plan backed by the Presbyterian Church USA) by amending the Constitution. Monday, the…

Peggy Noonan’s Tribute to Joan Rivers

2 I didn’t appreciate Joan Rivers’ humor and I rarely read Noonan on politics and policies any more since she’s the female equivalent of Ann Coulter and David Brooks these days—banally and hazily and glowingly and…

Why Bishop Martins Is Not Going to the HOB Meeting in Taiwan

10 He offers three reasons, all good. I very much like his reasoning . . . go read the entire piece on his blog. I’m quoting from one of…

The Spokespeople for Our Country’s Foreign Policy & the State Department

15 Okay, I know this is a comparatively trivial point amidst the vast roiling seas of incompetence that is tormenting our country from leaders within both major parties, but has anybody noticed the spokespeople for the…

Anti-Semite Enabling Chaplain Resigns

7 Remember Bruce Shipman, the Episcopal priest at Yale who wrote a nonsensical, bigoted letter to the New York Times a few weeks ago about the conflict in Gaza? In case you missed…

Bow the Knee to Hugo

3 Cults of personality have been common among dictators over the last century. What better way to control the sheep, and inspire fanaticism among the favored, than to deify the Maximum…

Step Away From the Bible and No One Gets Hurt

10 There are two things that really shouldn’t ever mix: the Bible and politicians. Secretary of State John Kerry proves that adage again today, according to the Washington Free Beacon: Secretary of State John…

Recent Comments

Boring Bloke - Palestinian Terrorism Reloading

B. Hunter (2). Partly. As I understand it, the goal of Islam (or the version of Islam that seems to be dominant in history and these groups and their sympathisers) is to see the world…

Bill2 - Palestinian Terrorism Reloading

Glad to see all those “economic development” checks are going to good use.

David_Fine - Re-branding The Asylum

People look for an acceptable excuse for a church not thriving.  Maybe it’s the name.  Maybe it’s the music.  Maybe it’s . . . . It seems most likely that God will bless a church…

Words Matter - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

That is rich,  #12. Rich. Thanks.

B. Hunter - Palestinian Terrorism Reloading

I think we in the West really struggle understanding the conflicts in the Middle East.  Our culture is very different. From what I understand, to put it into simple terms - ISIS/Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood/Radical Sunni Muslims…

SpongJohn SquarePantheist - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

#11, speaking of Nancy Pelosi and “what a world”, have you seen this? http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=nancy+pelosi+takes+the+ice+bucket+challenge&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=1C39A4420DB987E0572BA48DEFCD23117DFB2B11&selectedIndex=0

Lila - Christianity in Public Debate? 1 - the rejection of democracy

Many of those from the U.S.A. labour under the impression that “separation of church and state” applies to every so-called democracy.  Here in Canada we have had a certain amount of seepage northward from the…

Jill Woodliff - Palestinian Terrorism Reloading

Tunnel prayers.

Words Matter - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

David Fischler, you made me laugh.  Thank you.  Of course, I get to be embarrassed by Pelosi as an American AND a Roman Catholic.  What a world!

David Fischler - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

That was 2010, Words Matter. That one is already in the Government Officials Stupidity Hall of Fame. Though I may have to re-open this year’s competition myself, given this from Nancy Pelosi via the Daily…

Jackie - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

Joking?  As if. 

Words Matter - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

I would go with Hank Johnson saying Guam would tip over if we stationed 8000 Marines there. He said later he was joking… http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/guamtip.asp

Jackie - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

BCM - It would be faster to define the things Ms. Lee says that aren’t egregiously stupid than the other way around. Nikolaus - I had thought about that but Greg told me it would…

Nikolaus - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

Are you going to set up subcategories: - The stupidest things said by Harry Reid - The stupidest things said by Nancy Pelosi - The stupidest things said by Debbie Wasserman Schultz - The stupidest…

Blue Cat Man - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

While not perhaps egregiously stupid, allow me to nominate a quote by the famous or infamous Sheila Jackson Lee, a congressional representative from Texas, made earlier this year. “Maybe I should offer a good thanks…

Undergroundpewster - Egregiously Stupid Comment Contest Reopened

Having roamed the halls of both the Congressional and Senate’s office buildings on several occasions, I can testify to the fact that intelligent life is hard to find within those walls.