A Texan conservative Anglican -- yes, a square peg -- ponders both churchly and worldly things and enjoys his new church.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Resuming Formal Studies
I found out
yesterday that I will be resuming formal studies by earning a Certificate of
Anglican Studies from a reputable U. S. seminary’s distance program.
I had been
seeking, for a year or more, how best to resume formal studies.The process has taxed my patience
although I can say I practiced patience well, at least for me.But I cannot say I have made excellent
use of this in-between time, the time between publishing and promoting my novel
Pilot Point and resuming formal
studies.Like many men, without a
clear purpose and goal, I flounder a bit.It hasn’t helped that figuring out the best way to resume studies has
taken longer than I originally expected.
certainly have had enough to do and enough business to take care of.But without a compelling and clear
goal, that hardly motivates.So
I’ve floundered.I’m not making
excuses.But I’m a sinful man, and
that’s how sinful men are.
So I am glad
the in-between time is over.For
the next year or so, God willing, my focus will be on earning a Certificate of
may make my posting here less frequent.Or, who knows, what I study may inspire more posts.But I suspect it will be the former.
I hope that earning
my certificate will make my future writing here and elsewhere that much more
erudite and effective.One can
study, hope, and pray for that anyway.
Imagine if Donald Trump, David Cameron,
or Nigel Farage were to speak at a Fascist event in which portraits of Adolf
Hitler were lovingly marched through the streets.Imagine the outrage.
Let’s flip it – and we don’t have to imagine.British Labour Leader
Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a May Day event in which portraits of Stalin were
lovingly marched through the streets.
No, there was not much outrage.
This is part of the double standard in
the West.If anyone has any
verifiable background of pro-Hitler sympathies, he is rightly drummed out of
public life (if he isn’t Muslim, that is).But any number of people with radical Left sympathies get a
free pass.And that when the
radical Left is a far bigger threat to Western freedom than the fascist Right
and has been for decades.
But if someone seeks to expose radical
Left backgrounds, he is denounced as a McCarthyite or a bigot or the like.This while those who hunt very old and
inactive Nazis are lionized.And,
yes, Nazi hunters deserve praise for helping bring genocidal criminals to
justice.But where is the zeal in
going after the criminals of the Mao, Pol Pot, or any number of murderous
As horrific as the Hitler regime was, Communists,
Socialists if you will, have killed many more people and done more harm than
the Nazis ever did.
It is past time we acted like it and
treated those aligned with the radical Left with the same contempt and
ostracism we do those aligned with Nazis and neo-Nazis.
Boehner must have had a few before appearing at Stanford last night.For he let it all hang out, especially
in his attitudes toward Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Much of the discussion – and laughs –
focused on Boehner’s views on the current presidential candidates. Segueing
into the topic, Kennedy asked Boehner to be frank given that the event was not
being broadcasted, and the former Speaker responded in kind. When specifically
asked his opinions on Ted Cruz, Boehner made a face, drawing laughter from the
“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former
speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with
almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch
in my life.”
Boehner described other Republican
candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played
golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were “texting buddies.”
said he could vote for Trump in November, but could not vote for Cruz.And he was the Republican leader in the
House?Can you say “RINO”?
to me that Boehner is a back-stabbing traitorous establishment tool who had to
go.But that is done, thank God.
So more important
is what this says about Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.As Carly Fiorina well said yesterday, Ted Cruz has the right
kind of enemies.Clearly Boehner
is one of them.
So why is Trump the anti-establishment
candidate?He’s one of Boehner’s “texting
buddies.”He is a big contributor
to the Clintons and to any number of other Democrats.
But he and not
Boehner’s enemy Ted Cruz is the anti-establishment candidate?
St. Paul Paraphrased: Want Respect? Act Respectable.
other day I gave a very simple talk to group of young adults from I Timothy
4:12-16. St. Timothy, though a very
godly man, was not sort to engender a lot of respect at the time.From reading between the lines of St.
Paul’s letters to him, we can see Timothy could be timid at times.And he was relatively young, yet of
respect was enough of an issue with Timothy that Paul thought it needful to
exhort him not to let people disrespect him.
note the specifics of Paul’s exhortation.Does he tell Timothy to demand respect?Does he advise throwing a fit if disrespected in some
fashion?No instead he advises:
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an
example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.Until I come, devote yourself to the
public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.Do not neglect the gift you have, which
was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on
you.Practice these things,
immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.Keep a close watch on yourself and on
Timothy so to excel in his leadership and conduct that people will want to
respect him.In other words, to
get respect, act respectable.
principle is rather obvious, at least to those of an older generation, but you
wouldn’t know it by the way some youth (and those who won’t grow up) act
today.Especially on college
campuses, Social Justice Warriors especially act in a fashion that begs to be
disrespected.Yet at even the
smallest slight or “microaggression,” they pitch a fit.
the Black Lives Matter mob blocks traffic, disrupts speakers, and even those
just trying to study, yet demands not just respect but that you dare not say "All Lives Matter." Because that would be racist. Got it.
Indeed, the proper response to “Stop talking to us like children” is “Stop
acting like a child.” Want respect?Act
Now I am a bit
torn as how much respect should be given to those who not only act in a manner
that almost demands disrespect but also attack our freedoms.Hardly anyone says we should respect
Nazis or the KKK.So why should we respect
Communists, Black Racists, Islamonazis, Pink Shirts, and other assorted
predatory Leftists?(No, I do not
consider all Leftists predatory. . . . Just a darn lot of them.)
The answer is
all are created in the image of God and therefore should be given some degree
But if an armed
burglar comes into my house, may I suggest there are more important issues than
exposing and stopping those who are attacking our country, our heritage, and
our freedoms - and largely succeeding - seems a bit more important than respecting them.
Again, I am wrestling with this.Nonetheless, those who are oh-so concerned that society respect them
would be well advised to follow St. Paul’s advice -Want respect? Act respectable.
McAuliffe is continuing a pattern. Last year he vetoed a bill that would
have helped clean up voter-registration lists. The bill required county court
clerks to send to local election officials information about individuals who were
excused from jury duty because they were not U.S. citizens or were no longer
residents of Virginia. McAuliffe seems intent on making sure that ineligible
and illegal voters can continue to vote.
to releasing the felon vote for Hillary, it is highly questionable whether he
had the authority to do so.But
Democrats are not ones to let the trivial Rule of Law to get in their way.They are The Party of Felons, after
Hillary, of course, openly applauded McAuliffe’s action.
Virginia has some very close elections in recent years.With a corrupt governor obviously
determined to steal the election for her by any means possible and with 200,000 felons released to vote, Virginia could foist
an illegitimate Hillary Presidency on us.
week, many of you may have come across the story of a Baptist preacher, one
Allyson/Daniel Robinson, who, speaking to the Alliance of Baptists, claimed an
“angel of reason” helped him to see he was really a woman and that “the Bible
is wrong,” etc.
I bet Eve also found that “angel of reason” pretty convincing when it was
hanging out of the tree.
and also he considers “Job, Gautama Buddha, Joan of Arc, Rumi and Johnny Cash
to be [his] spiritual predecessors far more than Augustine, Aquinas or Barth.”
before you throw your hands up (or just throw up) and say even the Baptists are
going to Hell in a handbasket, let me give you a little history.
in the late 70’s and 80’s, conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention had
had enough of liberals and moderates controlling key areas of the
therefore systematically and successfully worked to regain control of the
denomination through the 80’s and into the 90’s.
remember the “moderates” and liberals in the SBC insisting that they were not
liberal, and that it was those Fundamentalists who were the extremists.
has exposed that deception.(And
perhaps it was largely self-deception, but it was deception nonetheless.)One of the first dissident groups to
form, in 1987 when it had became clear the conservatives were in control of the
SBC, was the Alliance of Baptists.Yes, the same group hosting Allyson/Daniel Robinson.
give another sample of the Alliance of Baptists, look at affiliate Pullen Memorial Baptist Church of Raleigh, now pastored by a lesbian.Back in my North Carolina days, I
remember their pastor back then, W. W. Finlater could be relied upon to run in
front of the cameras to oppose just about every good thing Ronald Reagan was
doing, including standing up to the Soviets.A good friend and I dubbed Pullen a “Communist Baptist
church.”If memory serves me
right, they also ordained a rabidly pro-abortion woman.
could go on and on about that “church” but read for yourself. Trust me, it gets worse. And Pullen was a member church of the
Southern Baptist Convention of long standing.That was one reason I ruled out the SBC when I was searching
for a church back in 1988.A
denomination with that little church discipline was not for me.Happily, the SBC finally ejected Pullen
to the big picture, episodes such as Robinson’s speech remind one that the
conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention was needful and
praiseworthy . . . and that those opponents claiming to be just a bunch of
reasonable moderates were hardly that.And losing many of them was good for the Southern
Baptists.Just look at what the
leavers have become – just another bunch of libchurchers.
Fed Judge Rules for Protecting Free Speech from Kamala Harris
Yes, I’ve been quiet this
week.I’ve been fighting off a
virus or two, but am doing much better now.
I have some catching up to
do, but want to present to you a ruling that protects, for now, the anonymity
of donors to Americans for Prosperity.California Attorney General Kamala Harris – yes, that feminazi again –
sought to find out the names.
The ruling is worth reading
in part because it itemizes several of the attacks and threats from Leftists
against conservatives.They move
the judge to conclude, “this Court is
not prepared to wait until an AFP opponent carries out one of the numerous
death threats made against its members.”
episode is quite an eye-opener on the predations of Leftist Brown Shirts . . .
and on Leftist politicians like Kamala Harris who enable them.
of course, is appealing the ruling to the very liberal Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals.Her political opposition
must be harassed and crushed.
the way, if you had conservative activists engaged in the numerous instances of
attacks and harassment listed in the ruling, do you think the noos media would
be so quiet about it?