December 21, 2014


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

Gagnon and Jean Lloyd: a One-Two Punch

1 On the heels of Dr. Robert Gagnon’s piece linked in the previous post comes this illuminating essay from the blog of the Witherspoon Institute (Public Discourses) by…

Sleeping at Gethsemane - Robert Gagnon

Professor Robert Gagnon (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) has posted at the Theopolis Institute Website an important new article, “Sleeping at Gethsemane”, which draws a parallel between the sleepiness of…

Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

11 Not over exams, or grades, or whether they will be able to get that prize job at Goldman Sachs, but over the labels on drink dispensers. Really: Harvard University’s dining service has removed…

The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

9 A good article over at the Federalist on the devastating victory that North Korea has had via cyberwar—I’m amazed there’s seemingly so little concern over this. The…

Shutting Down Freedom at Marquette

5 It has been reported that a professor at Marquette University (an ostensibly “Catholic and Jesuit” institution) has been suspended for daring to criticize the behavior of a fellow instructor. John McAdams wrote in…

Ted Cruz’s Good Losing Maneuver

15 It was amusing to watch the Republican establishment’s “confusion” and their rhetoric of “what could possibly be accomplished by this easily brushed aside yet dramatic ‘stunt’ ” by Ted Cruz’s point of order objection last…

Beethoven Benedictus

  (Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chorus)

Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

12 Like the rest of Sydney I woke up this morning to the awful news that the siege in Martin Place has ended with the death of two of the hostages and the gunman. Lives are…

The GOP: For Wall Street, Not Main Street

18 It’s good to be reminded that the leadership of the Republican Party is not conservative and does not value conservative things. They wish merely to be the ones in charge of the bloated government—“better managed…

Col. Allen West and the Race Card

7 Sadly enough today, if you are a black American standing for conservative principles and values — which are the foundation of the black community and what were once its strength — you are a target.…

The Libraries of Famous Men: Thomas Jefferson’s Recommended Reading

3 Periodically I like to remind myself of just how woefully destitute of knowledge our culture is by looking through the education requirements and “standard reading” for the educated in different centuries. But not to worry—we…

Good Places To Shop If You Have Some Extra Clink

4 Heh. This has been a useful post for thousands of conservatives and I’m passing it on to the SF crew.  Who knew about Bounty paper towels—that gets…

New Bishop of Gippsland (Oz) - Kay Goldsworthy

9 The Perth Anglican website is reporting that assistant bishop Kay Goldsworthy has been appointed the new Diocesan bishop of Gippsland, replacing John McIntyre who…

Do Professors Have a Right to “Academic Freedom?”

6 College.  It use to be an investment in our children’s future.  Is that still the case?  What are our children learning in the halls of “higher education?”  The best way to become intoxicated?  The best…

Decision Expected Soon in South Carolina Case

14 Today, at the request of Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein, both sides in the South Carolina case are submitting proposed forms of a final decision and order for her to sign. She will most likely use…

Recent Comments

Reformed Wanderer - Gagnon and Jean Lloyd: a One-Two Punch

Alan, thanks for sharing that excellent article by Jean. In the last several years, whenever I am ready to join a new church (moving around make one do that), I have scheduled a time to…

Boring Bloke - The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

I’m not sure of any resources (and can’t find anything useful), and don’t know so much on the subject myself. The basic principle is straightforward: a ballistic missile, particularly the relatively simple designs North Korea…

Fr. Dale - The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

I hope we find out who the hackers are and where they are from. I believe the U.S. is and has been involved in cyber warfare for years. It’s hard to imagine that a worm/malware…

J Eppinga - The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

#6 Boring Block - Very interesting re miniaturization.  Do you know of online resources I could peruse about this?  I was doing some research but so far what I’ve dredged up is more doom and…

Reformed Catholic - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

#1 - Unfortunately, SodaStream is closing their plant in the West Bank due to decreased sales evidently due to a BDS boycott. They’re opening a new plant in the Negev and consolidating operations there.  They’re…

Reformed Wanderer - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

I wonder what they will think when they find out that Harvard’s library information system is provided by a company based in Jerusalem, Israel?

Jackie - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

I want to know if this means they will be postponing exams for the next child killed by someone of their own race?  Or the next child killed by his/her mother who just doesn’t want…

Jackie - Ted Cruz's Good Losing Maneuver

It would be a true privilege to vote for Ted Cruz.  I pray that one day soon (2016? be still my heart) will be the day.  Anyone who takes five minutes to listen to him…

Fr. Dale - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

I think the students’ next move will be to ask for warning labels on Nerf toys.

Undergroundpewster - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

This is an over the top response to a perceived microaggression. Why didn’t they just boycott the soda machines or put them on a list of places not to shop from this season?  I already…

David Fischler - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

JamesW, it’s true the MSM doesn’t do so, in fact, they don’t cover stuff like this at all. But I suspect that most people who do hear about this are going to think them fools.…

jamesw - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

You have to give campus activists credit for a couple of things. One is that they are willing to make themselves look like complete fools in order to achieve their political goals. And here is…

Ideas Have Consequences - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

After more than 50 years of leftwing domination, restoring some sense of political balance—not to mention basic sanity—to America’s academic culture is one of the great tasks facing the next generation.

Boring Bloke - The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

#1 Not quite; you also need to miniaturise your Nuke enough to put it onto your rocket and launch it into orbit. We don’t yet know if the North Koreans have managed to do that.…

Fr. Dale - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

tired, “micro minded” I like that phrase. It should be added to the diagnostic criteria of obsessive compulsive disorder. The Seinfeld show was all about the micro minded.

tired - Harvard Students on Edge of Nervous Breakdown

The concept of microagression was originated by the microminded.  It merits but a microsecond of consideration.