May 3, 2015

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[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.

“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.

The Week

Athanasius and Goebbels - random thoughts on “narratives”

1 May 2 is the commemoration of St. Athanasius.  He’s best remembered for waging a prolonged resistance to emerging “narratives” that downgraded Jesus Christ from God to an angel, an inspired man, or…

BREAKING: HEATHER COOK RESIGNS

1 Diocese: Bishop Heather Cook resigns http://t.co/Mrqf5BI28q— wbaltv.com (@wbaltv11) May 1, 2015 WaPo says she’s been “defrocked” and cites a…

Your tax dollars at work in Baltamerica

2 In today’s news, six Baltimore Police officers will be charged for roles in the death of Freddie Gray. As…

Nominees for Bishop of Dallas

13 The Diocese of Dallas will elect its next Bishop on May 16th.  Please keep the Diocese in your prayers. Their four nominees are a refreshing blend of orthodox Christian theology and…

THE PB CANDIDATES (Did they follow Stand Firm or do we just guess well?)

24 The guesses by SF contributors and commenters were pretty accurate (or else the nominating group checked the blog before publishing its list): Briedenthal (Southern Ohio) Curry (North Carolina) Douglas (Connecticut)…

OPEN THREAD: Your Predictions On Who Will Be On the Presiding Bishop Nominations List [out tomorrow]

21 Here are my predictions, for starters, for tomorrow’s Surely-Much-Anticipated Nominations Announcement. —Either Sutton or Curry [gotta have the tip of the hat to that minority]—Glasspool [gotta have the tip…

[Updated with comment from former parishioner] Western Louisiana Update—Reports & Thoughts

9 We’re getting reports from people in Western Louisiana that Bishop Owensby repeatedly promised not to authorize SSBs—he did so repeatedly and personally and, it’s said, in writing. If you’re a part of Western Louisiana, feel…

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

29 [Bumped for obvious reasons—Episcopal revisionist bishops lie.] As the episcopacy of Duncan M. Gray, III sputters to an ignominious end with his decision to allow same-sex blessings after nine years of pledging he would never…

[Bumped] Doing a Little Labeling in the Diocese of Western Louisiana Bishop Election

32 [Bumped at the request of another.] Over on the Diocese of Western Louisiana website, a priest named Liz Ratcliff offers a February 16 update on…

A Prayer: Going to the tenant in my slum

2 “However quietly we speak, He is so near that He will hear us: we need no wings to go in search of Him but have only to find a place where we can be alone…

[Bumped] Breaking: Bishop of Mississippi Breaks Long-Time Promise, Allows Same-Sex Blessings

43 [Bumped for obvious reasons—Episcopal revisionist bishops lie.] Developing… Update: We are told the bishop will use his address to the annual council tonight at 8:00pm to announce that he will allow same-sex blessings under a…

Western Louisiana: Another Southern Episcopal Bishop Rejects the Gospel, Allows Same Sex Blessings

12 Let’s be clear here. All the [revisionist activist] bishops in the South—and that’s most of them—talk and strategize amongst themselves, and as the vast majority of them are revisionist activists they all have decided to…

Waldo To Approve Same Sex Blessings: Truth & Consequences in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina

31 [Bumped for obvious reasons] By now, many informed Episcopalians in my diocese of Upper South Carolina have read the post over at Kendall Harmon’s blog, T19, of…

History of Baltimore “Rough Rides” vs. Narrative Reporting

6 A story published last week by the Baltimore Sun listed four specific cases of people who won civil judgments after “rough rides” in Baltimore Police vans.  A fifth case is…

The Veil Falls

39 Want to know what one aspect of the brownshirts’ campaign against traditional Christians is going to be? The Solicitor General admitted to what one line of attack will be, according to NRO: Religious…

Recent Comments

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

I think, Ed, it is more accurate to say “the last Episcopal bishop who won’t ordain women has already been deposed.” There are a few retired bishops in their 80s and 90s who have not…

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

Even as the last Episcopal bishop who won’t ordain women has already been consecrated, the last who won’t pretend to marry same sex couples is almost certainly already a priest. TEC swallowed Pike and Spong.…

B. Hunter - Nominees for Bishop of Dallas

Thanks Phil for keeping us updated on DoD activities.  Praying you guys get a good ‘un!

Dick Mitchell - Nominees for Bishop of Dallas

Phil, re your #6 and the “local canon.”  In 2012 the GenCon passed a broad anti-discrimination amendment to the national canons, that I read—as I think do others—that any attempt to deny ordination to those…

Nikolaus - THE PB CANDIDATES (Did they follow Stand Firm or do we just guess well?)

Floor nominations are a very long shot.  There will need to be an effective campaign prior to the convention.  Even then it will be a long shot to a.) ignore the Committee’s recommendations and b.)…

Christopher Johnson - THE PB CANDIDATES (Did they follow Stand Firm or do we just guess well?)

It’s WAY early so there’s more than enough time for the line to move either way.  But right now, for obvious reasons, Curry has to be considered the prohibitive favorite.

AnglicanXn - THE PB CANDIDATES (Did they follow Stand Firm or do we just guess well?)

Ian Douglas grew up in one of the more conservative parishes in the Diocese of Western Mass; one of its rectors was called to St Paul’s Darien following Terry Fullam.  He went to EDS, however,…

Undergroundpewster - Athanasius and Goebbels - random thoughts on "narratives"

The first narrative out usually sticks. I’ll stick with the two thousand year old one too. It is not healthy to go chasing after each new narrative that comes along.

Katherine - Your tax dollars at work in Baltamerica

Many pundits with legal backgrounds consider this over-charging and doubt that proof beyond reasonable doubt can be established for the murder and manslaughter charges.  To their discredit, many prosecutors today deliberately over-charge to encourage defendants…

Katherine - OPEN THREAD: Your Predictions On Who Will Be On the Presiding Bishop Nominations List [out tomorrow]

#20, Curry is very liberal and would not allow any parishes to leave.  Conservative parishes continue in the diocese on the condition they pay their full assessments.

SC blu cat lady - OPEN THREAD: Your Predictions On Who Will Be On the Presiding Bishop Nominations List [out tomorrow]

I suspect Bishop Curry would tow the party line and would continue the current scorched earth policy. Besides what kudos TEc would get for electing an African-American to PB. Think….. if just being of certain…

SC blu cat lady - THE PB CANDIDATES (Did they follow Stand Firm or do we just guess well?)

Bishop Curry is very liberal. He has run out some priests from his diocese that have gladly taken up residence in a certain diocese to the south of his…... Most likely, he would be an…

SC blu cat lady - Nominees for Bishop of Dallas

#9, With a favorable outcome for Fort Worth I would say that if the people and clergy of the Diocese of Dallas wanted to leave TEC,  Texas law would not present a problem. However TEC…

dwstroudmd+ - [Updated with comment from former parishioner] Western Louisiana Update -- Reports & Thoughts

Metastasis!  Gangrenous extension!  All is well.

dwstroudmd+ - Your tax dollars at work in Baltamerica

I wonder if the mythology has room for facts: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417214/black-murderers-matter-dennis-prager They do matter, but this approach to mythologizing won’t resolve the real issues.  One wonders were facts widely reported, would it make any difference?  MSM?

Undergroundpewster - BREAKING: HEATHER COOK RESIGNS

The wheels of TEc justice seem to move slower in some cases and faster in others,