April 17, 2014

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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.

Sex and Jihad – the Failure of Modern Hermeneutics

In the case of the Bible and sex it ignores both what Jesus has to say and what explanatory resolution He brings to the deep question of the relationship between Old and New Testament. In the case of the Qu’ran there is not even the slightest evidence of an attempt to grapple with the Medina/Mecca question nor to explain the “sword verses”. Instead all we get is the recurrent mantra of “Islam is a religion of peace” despite the quite obvious Qu’ranic and historical evidence to the contrary.

Shiny Red Balls & Red Herrings in Upper South Carolina: Three Notes on Bishop Waldo’s Clergy Email

1) The letter from the rector of Christ Church, Greenville was not “about the Task Force” at all. It was, rather, about the bishop’s decision—and his decision alone, as he is the ecclesial authority of this diocese—to approve of the use of the same sex blessings liturgies in this diocese. No other entity has the authority to approve of such rites. It is Bishop Waldo’s decision and his alone. His apparent desire to drag the ironically-named Bishop’s Task Force on Unity into his email to the clergy is . . . interesting.

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

With his actions in approving rites for same sex blessings, Bishop Waldo now brings to the doorstep of the diocese actions that had, over the past ten years, been more abstractly based at the national level of The Episcopal Church. The meltdown in the church as a whole has been simply epic since the decisions of the 2003 General Convention.

PB sermon turns silk purse into sow’s ear

I think that last Sunday’s lesson from Acts is one of the Bible’s best for preaching the liberating power of Christ.  It is a passage that even progressives should find inspiring on several levels. Unless you are the Presiding Bishop, who sees the complete opposite.  Instead of liberation, there is confinement.  Instead of Christ’s glory, there’s just squalor.

Don’t Sign the Letter

Living in a condition of regular unrepentant sexual engagement with a person of the same sex is, according to 1 Cor 6:9-10, damnable. The best thing, the only thing, to be done is to repent, break off the relationship, and turn to Jesus Christ. For the sake of those engaged in this sin (and those who are tempted by it) there can be no pastoral or practical accommodation.

The Week

From Missiles to Sleeping Bags

I have it on the best of authority that among the “non-lethal” aid being sent by the US to the Ukraine will be pails & shovels so the Ukraine…

Thoughts on veiled crosses

15 Some of you veiled your church’s crosses at the start of Lent.  Others waited until Holy Week.  Or maybe it’s not a custom where you are. I muse on the practice from time to time. …

But I don’t want all that doom and gloom with my Easter!

6 It’s Holy Week, the annual boycott of our bittersweet Thursday and grim Friday en route to the happy clappy pop concert of Easter.

Dr. Al Mohler: “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and the State of Modern Scholarship”

33 Dr. Al Mohler once again gives us clear, concise information on heresy and points the finger at the real culprit - poor scholarship.  One can find an

Without Penal Substitution there is Despair in Morality

2 Doug Wilson nails the issue, I want to spend a few moments on why the penal substitution of Christ is the only possible ground of human happiness. My point is not to defend…

The House of Lords: “It is a Silly Place”

6 I know that all of you are intensely aware of and concerned about your carbon footprint. Did you realize, however, that methane is actually a far bigger threat to the planet? Evidently there is a…

Archbishop Welby Struggles with a Greater Truth

11 As the Anglican Curmudgeon, it behooves me now and then to comment upon matters Anglican. And just now, there is a tempest in the Anglican teapot which I have refrained from noticing, because after all,…

The New Inquisition

7 A horrifying game of what if.  What if you were a professor at Oberlin College or the University of California, Santa Barbara, who wished to teach literature that…

Clarity from the State Church of Norway

6 Norway, which legalized same-sex partnerships in 1993 and adopted a “gender-neutral” marriage law in 2008, has an established State Church. Yesterday its general synod had a series of votes, as follows: The legislative assembly…

Easter in the Episcopal Church (sigh) ... again

31 Yes, it’s that time of year again—when Episcopalians who simply want to celebrate their faith have to come to terms with the Presiding Bishop’s Easter message, and not let it impede their own joyful…

Common Core Reading List Contains Sexually Explicit Material

8 If you thought the only objection to Common Core was the terrible math, think again.  Parents around the country have been fighting for some time to have a book by Toni…

Silence! I Kill You!

9 It seems like every time you turn around these days, there’s some leftist group trying to stifle discussion of one of their pet causes. The latest is the Union of…

OKCupid CEO Made Donations to Anti-Gay Campaign

4 It is more or less a tenet of the law that we are held accountable for our actions when they cause foreseeable harm to others.  If you are driving a car that you allow to…

Zombie Activism

3 It seems the gay marriage crowd has gone from human sacrifice to cannibalism. According to Mother Jones: Last week, the online dating site OkCupid switched up its…

South Carolina Supreme Court Takes Jurisdiction of Appeals

14 In a brief order filed today, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has granted the motion filed earlier by Bishop Lawrence, his diocesan trustees and individual parishes to transfer to it jurisdiction of the…

Recent Comments

C. Wingate - Dr. Al Mohler: "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife and the State of Modern Scholarship"

MichaelA, it’s not just Depuydt. Francis Watson hasn’t backed down from his analysis (following the same lines of reasoning, but worked out independently), and neither has Christopher Rollston. Christian Askeland states that “Leo Depuydt presents…

cennydd13 - Easter in the Episcopal Church (sigh) ... again

The words of Charles Wesley’s magnificent hymn “Oh, Can it Be” are a powerful testimonial to the meaning of Easter.

A Senior Priest - Thoughts on veiled crosses

You can negotiate with a terrorist.

Capt. Father Warren - Thoughts on veiled crosses

This included such minutiae as which verse on which to begin the recessional And so, what is the difference between a Liturgist and a terrorist? 

Boring Bloke - Dr. Al Mohler: "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife and the State of Modern Scholarship"

Re the heresy issue: how would a Christian’s salvation be endangered if he believed Jesus had a wife? He might have been seriously misled, but where is the salvation issue? Actually, I do believe that…

Emerson Champion - Thoughts on veiled crosses

At a parish I previously attended the local devotional practices and customs had become an object of idolatry, to the point of “if it’s not done exactly this way, it’s not a valid Eucharist.” This…

Theron Walker✙ - But I don't want all that doom and gloom with my Easter!

I recently taught on Psalm 22, and re-learned that of the kinds of Psalms, complaints are the largest category—amazing.  The commentator remarked that we’re missing the mark in worship if these psalms aren’t a regular…

Militaris Artifex - Thoughts on veiled crosses

Fr. Timothy, et al, If I am not mistaken, what you refer to as a wooden “clapper” is, or is a substitute for, a crotalus which is a wooden device that, when spun by hand,…

Karen B. - Thoughts on veiled crosses

Wonderful, thank you Tim+

SC blu cat lady - Thoughts on veiled crosses

FWIW, from the perspective of laity, many devotional practices (and i will include parish “customs” or long held way of doing things) are not essential to the central meaning of our faith but are indeed…

A Senior Priest - Thoughts on veiled crosses

Thanks for the kind comment (#4), Timothy. The use of clappers was traditionally employed from Maundy Thursday till the end of the Easter Vigil service. At my parish church we use sheer silence instead.

Capt. Father Warren - Thoughts on veiled crosses

Hmmmm, curious that most devotional practices are adiaphora?  I can go with “what time should Mass be held” as being adiaphora, but many devotional practices continue through the years precisely because they are very meaningful,…

SC blu cat lady - Thoughts on veiled crosses

In my DioSC parish, our crosses (altar and processional) are brass (I know, I am on the Altar Guild) and we don’t veil the cross until Good Friday.  I particularly love the flowering of the…

evan miller - Thoughts on veiled crosses

I think a crucifix is more appropriate in Lent.

Chris Walchesky - Thoughts on veiled crosses

Proud that the DioSC parish I serve changes to wooden processional and altar crosses for lent. Other processional crosses are displayed under veil in the narthex.

Timothy Fountain - Thoughts on veiled crosses

#3 A Senior Priest thanks for noting that.  It is another example of how devotional practices - most of which are, after all, adiaphora, can become musty conventions over time and should be revisited for…