October 1, 2016

Features

On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

What shamed me was knowing that, for the third time in my lifetime, my government was turning a blind eye to genocide.

On Valorizing Gay Marriage: A Response to Wesley Hill

A better approach is for us to caution as brothers and sisters in the Lord: We appreciate your faithfulness to Christ in abstaining from sexual immorality and your service of the church through your writings. Yet we are concerned that elements of an un-renewed, fleshly mentality permeate some of your thinking about “gay coupling.”

The Episcopal Church: Undermining the USA from Within (and Betraying Christians)

The Episcopal Church is complicit in a Government program to bring in Muslim refugees from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, because the Government pays it for them—but its largesse does not extend to Christian refugees.

[Bumped] Promises, Promises: What Now for the Loyal Opposition in Mississippi?

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is on an irreversible path toward full-on celebration and normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism, and any other deviant sexual cause that becomes fashionable among the theological leftists who run the diocese.

Can Rolling Stone get us past the UVA rape of faith to the historical UVA rape?

I harp on Rolling Stone’s UVA rape myth because the irony of an Easter retraction is just too rich.  Journalists used the Christian celebration, one they flippantly discount as myth, as cover for their own lying.  But it’s just one example.

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.

The Week

Betrayed!

4 In his sobering analysis of what’s gone wrong with our country and why—that I featured in my previous post here—Prof. Angelo Codevilla of Claremont gave this telling example of…

World Chess to Women: How About We Play in Iran?

5 I’m a life-long devotee of the Royal Game of chess, and a follower of events at the grandmaster and world championship levels since the Fischer-Spassky match in 1972. That being the case, I’m well acquainted…

Two Worthy Reads

5 Over at Mere Commentary, the blog of Touchstone Magazine, S. M. Hutchens reminds Christians that they are not to waste the pearls of the Gospel on those whose ears will not hear,…

Guessing Game

12 Let’s play a guessing game.  Read the following paragraph and fill in the blank:  A Christian school is providing materials to students saying that gender is a state of mind and that “genderqueer” is a…

World Council of Churches Throws Out Welcome Mat to Egyptian Anti-Semite

The World Council of Churches is an organization that most people assume shut down years ago, because it hasn’t been relevant or accomplished anything since it gave its Fickle Finger of Faith Award to Richard…

Quoting Myself

5 From my upcoming book, When the West Goes Bonkers: “In the year 2525,, if man is still alive, this period in the history of the West is going to be looked upon like the medieval…

Never Mind

9 After decades of pushing the idea that homosexuals are “born that way,” that nothing should be done to try to help them escape that life, and that anyone who says otherwise is a bigoted homophobe…

Satan After School Club

7 Wonder if they had after school satan clubs in Sodom and Gomorrah? MOUNT VERNON — A so-called “After School Satan Club” proposed by the Satanic Temple of Seattle to be…

A Day in the Life of Religion of Peace Cleric:  Pulverize, Kill and Subjugate

10 This prayer, while given a looooooong time ago, all the way back to September 14, 2016, but old as it is, may give us some insight into the mind of the religion of peace.  Guess…

Progessives Tip Hand at Plans for Basketful of Deplorables

1 Ok, so I borrowed from Hilliary’s latest gaff.  Of course, it was only a gaff because she accidently spoke a truth.  If anyone thinks that is not how the…

Is Canadian Church OK with Atheist Pastors?

12 It’s been an open secret for a long time that the pulpits of the mainline Protestant churches are occupied by more than their fair share of charlatans, time-servers who don’t believe what they preach, but…

A Plan to Help the Christians of Northern Iraq

1 Back in March, Congress unanimously voted to declare the treatment of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East “genocide.” Three days later, Secretary of State John Kerry, having been forced into action he…

And Don’t Call Me Shirley (Unless I Demand It)

3 The People’s Republic of Massachusetts, not content to mutilate the English language or enlist businesses in its plan to normalize mental illness, has decided to repeal the First Amendment as…

Shocker:  Incest is Still Illegal

12 As hard as it might be to believe, incest is still a felony. Considering all the other contortions the courts have undertaken to get us where…

Jesus Christ, Moral Reformer

9 Brian McLaren is one of the leading apostles of Jesus the Liberal Politician. That makes him irresistible to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof: One puzzle of the world is that religions…

Recent Comments

the virginian - Betrayed!

The last four Congresses have been the worst in the Republic’s history, no doubt about that. Shame on Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell as well as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. With all due respect…

BillB - Betrayed!

Giving control of the Internet to the UN was purely to provide further power to the ruling class.  Obama knows fully well that inevitably content on the web will be censored by the new control…

Jim the Puritan - Betrayed!

Of all the abdications of responsibility, the biggest one will probably be giving up control of the internet.  Remember that our country has already seen the destruction of its manufacturing, transportation and commerce bases.  We…

A. S. Haley - World Chess to Women: How About We Play in Iran?

Another solution, I suppose, would be for the women players all to go to the tournament wearing pantsuits, and declare they “identify” as males. ;>) Also, if Iran requires that even foreign women playing chess…

Undergroundpewster - World Chess to Women: How About We Play in Iran?

If a chess player wants to protest this, they have two choices. One, they can go and not wear the hijab and get arrested as a prostitute, or they can boycott or in this case…

Katherine - Betrayed!

Commenter Maxine, at MCJ, points out to me why this omnibus spending continuation is necessary:Because Harry, the Democrat Reed blocked every Departmental Appropriation bill that the House sent to the Senate (which requires 2/3 rds…

Jackie - World Chess to Women: How About We Play in Iran?

I thought “dressing up in their traditional style of clothing” was cultural appropriation which seems to top the list of politically incorrect things to do these days.  I think you missed the fine print disclaimer.…

Nellie - World Chess to Women: How About We Play in Iran?

I have a question: Why on earth is the tournament being held in Iran in the first place? Is there nowhere else more amenable?

Pb - Two Worthy Reads

We need to change what we can - our churches. Christianity is failing because our churches are failing. The rector of my neighbor parish told a member that there was no use to do anything…

ToAllTheWorld - World Chess to Women: How About We Play in Iran?

I thought “dressing up in their traditional style of clothing” was cultural appropriation which seems to top the list of politically incorrect things to do these days.  And why is it that Iran cannot respect…

Jim the Puritan - Two Worthy Reads

Daniel—I actually follow some prepper posters on YouTube, I find some of them interesting and thought-provoking.  (That’s just an aside, my post below is somewhat different.) Interestingly, in the past few months there has been…

Daniel - Two Worthy Reads

Jim and Br. Michael, Given that your assumptions are correct, what are we to do beyond putting our whole trust in God?  I’m genuinely concerned about the concrete actions I should/need to take to provide…

Jeff Walton - Guessing Game

FYI, I believe that the the “Health and Sexuality Educator,” Laura Ambrose, was a speaker at the youth group of the Falls Church Episcopal continuing congregation. They held a session on gender identity and had…

Br. Michael - Two Worthy Reads

Jim, I think you are right.

Jim the Puritan - Two Worthy Reads

Of course, if you believe in Scripture, America is now under God’s judgment as a country and His hand of providence has been withdrawn.

David Fischler - Guessing Game

Well, I’m honored to have won, and I’m enjoying the prize as we speak (telepathically, of course).