My Reply to Glendon Hermanus on the Tithe and the Authority of the Church

A few of you will remember my exchange with Russell Earl Kelly on the tithe.  Given the way the tithe is generally presented in full-gospel churches, I'm surprised that I haven't gotten a great deal of blowback on my position. That has finally come from one Glendon Hermanus from South Africa, who commented on one …

Turning it Over to the ACNA: The Rwandans Have Had All the Fun They Can Stand

A hard conclusion to avoid: In a move that took most people by surprise, the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Rwanda, the Most Rev. Onesphorus Rwaje publicly handed over a number of US bishops and clergy who had been canonically resident in Rwanda to the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church …

Whiskeypalians Until the End

That's StandFirm's Matt Kennedy for you, reacting to Ridgecrest's dry policy for the upcoming ACNA Provincial Synod: No scotch, no sherry, no cigars? It’s bad enough for the laity and the presbyterate…but the bishops. How shall the bishops endure this deprivation?  This may be the first North American Anglican gathering in which the bishops are …

Another Try at Minimising Eternity

From (where else?) The Lead: The most popular immortality narrative is Soul. Most Christians now believe that their souls, which persist after death, will be reunited with their resurrected bodies. Souls thus solve a lot of the identity problems associated with the earlier Resurrection narrative. Cave argues that Soul narrative resolves the Mortality Paradox by …

Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change: An Old View

This, from A.W. Grabau's 1913 classic Principles of Stratigraphy: The chief agents in retaining the sun's heat within the earth's atmosphere are the carbon dioxide and the water vapor, which act as thermal blankets. It has been estimated by Arrhenius (2) that if the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere were increased 2.5 to 3 …

Abortion, Infanticide and the "War on Women": A Lesson From China

There has been a great deal of discussion these days about gender selective abortions, which, when done, usually go against girls.  We've been presented stories of nations where the ratio of men to women in the population is rising to "unprecedented" proportions because families are doing away with their baby girls through abortion.  And, of …

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