September 2, 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


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

Gulag U.

Via the Huffington Post, we have a splendid example of what’s going on in American higher education these days. It comes in the form of an email written by one Dr. Charles…

Does admiration of cool sins sabotage real repentance?

2 My daily prayer includes confession of sin.  Jesus says, But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is…

A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

11 Jazz Shaw of Hot Air has a terrific rant this morning that could have been written by any evangelical or orthodox member of any mainline denomination. He is tired of the…

The Worst Kind of Willful Ignorance

12 The Usual Suspects* joined this week with a host of Roman Catholic pacifists to issue a fatwa calling on President Obama to stop opposing genocide, rape, slavery, and murder in Iraq: As religious…

Is it Wrong to Hate Your Neighbor’s Sin?

8 Micah J. Murray is “finished” with the slogan: “hate the sin and love the sinner”. Why? Well, as you might have guessed, it has something to do with homosexuality:It’s…

Another Glorious Day in Mainline Useful Idiocy

9 This entry in the growing list of anti-Semite-friendly statements by mainline Protestants comes to us in the form of a letter to the editor of the New York Times. In it, Yale University Episcopal chaplain…

But that’s just your interpretation

11 “That’s just your interpretation. There are many others, so why should I believe yours?” You have probably heard that objection before. How do you deal with it? I shot this brief video back in February…

The right kind of anxiety

2 An unusual week is unfolding here.  I have two requests for Reconciliation (aka Confession).  It’s not something common in this congregation. Our culture’s default position is that guilt = neurosis.  And I would consider a…

Science as Emotive Art

4 There are many arguments to be made on the subject of global warming. One of those that should not be made under any circumstances is the argumentum in terrorem, the argument from fear. This form…

Same Sex Marriage Comes to Falls Church

13 It’s not the church, it’s a building, but it still pains me as a Christian living and ministering in northern Virginia to note the desecration of the former home of what is now Falls Church…

Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (II)

7 In the first post of this series, we looked at a paradox created by the fact that Jesus was both man and God. As a man, he was subject to Jewish…

Words for the Day

1 The Lord confides in those who fear him;   he makes his covenant known to them My eyes are ever on the Lord,   for only he will release my feet from…

Jesus and the Paradox of the Law (I)

4 At Jesus’ trial before he faced Pontius Pilate, as reported in ch. 14 of the Gospel of Mark, Caiaphas and the other Jewish elders charged Jesus with violating the law against blasphemy (see Leviticus…

God Saved Me

5 Brantly spoke of feeling ill on July 23 and of languishing in the subsequent days under the power of the painful and life-threatening illness. He became the first human to receive an experimental drug called…

Christianity in Public Debate? 2 - vox populi, vox Dei?

for part 1 (The Rejection of Democracy) see here. Our second response to the desire to silence religious voices in public and legislative debate…

Recent Comments

Fr. Dale - Does admiration of cool sins sabotage real repentance?

Underneath what is considered PC is actually fear. Christ does not make us fearless, He helps us face into those fears with honesty.

Undergroundpewster - Does admiration of cool sins sabotage real repentance?

It is the piddly things that add up and lead to all those headline things. Sometimes when I feel that God has bigger fish to fry, I have to look myself in the mirror and…

Betty See - The Worst Kind of Willful Ignorance

Words Matter Post 8, The Iraqi Patriarch you speak of could possibly be a Coptic Christian but regardless of which branch of the Christian Church he belongs to, he is above all a Christian who…

Nikolaus - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

“I might add that I think the corruption of the original meaning of previously neutral words had added greatly to the polarization in our nation and in our churches.” Also, oh so obviously true!

Ecclesiastes 1:18 - The Worst Kind of Willful Ignorance

[10] I second your suggestion. Robert Reilly’s work explains quite a bit about the Muslim world. The audio for a two-part talk with same title which Reilly gave to the Institute of Catholic Culture in…

Undergroundpewster - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

I haven’t heard a real conversation on a national issue since Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. went off the air.

Words Matter - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

What #7 said, because words do, in fact,  matter.  Corrupt their usage,  and you end up where we are.

desertpadre - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

TEO uses “dialogue”, but they mean the same thing.

Jill Woodliff - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

I might add that I think the corruption of the original meaning of previously neutral words had added greatly to the polarization in our nation and in our churches.  When you can no longer take…

Katherine - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

For instance, “having a national conversation about race” as advocated by our Attorney General doesn’t mean actually talking about the still-existent problems on many fronts.  It means, rather, that the white people involved have to…

Katherine - The Worst Kind of Willful Ignorance

This is probably not the place to discuss Islamic theology, such as it is.  On the rejection of reason in orthodox Islam, read Robert Reilly’s “The Closing of the Muslim Mind.” But what we all…

Jill Woodliff - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

In essence, it is a lie.  In my experience, those who call for a “conversation” have no interest in hearing a different point of view.  I have seen conservative newscasters use this technique as well;…

Daniel - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

“Having a conversation” is a good term, but the Methodists have gone it one better in using terminology to shut down opposition.  They call it “holy conferencing.”  How could one possibly be against something that…

Real Toral - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

Amen. The term “having a conversation” is a weak brother (weak sister?) of terms like “commitment to listening”.  In the latter, the homosexuals do all the talking and the orthodox and muddled middle are supposed…

Matt Kennedy - But that’s just your interpretation

Hi Real Toral, Sure. 2 pet 3:16…unless of course you would like to argue that Peter does not believe the words of scripture to be inspired and carried along by the spirit(2 pet 1:20-21) which…

Br. Michael - A Conversation Where I Talk and You Listen

That sounds about right.