Thursday, June 18, 2020

ACNA’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative – More Wokeness to Come?

The Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGL) of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has their website up.  This particularly alarms me from the Antioch Clergy Initiative page:

The leadership of diocese and the churches receiving curates agrees to work with NGL on multi-ethnic ministry training including:
·       Intentional training on multi-ethnic ministry through reading materials related to a multi-ethnic and ethnic-specific ministry
·       Invite speakers to diocesan events who can address issues related to God’s vision for multi-ethnicity and practical tools for organizational change
·       Attending retreats/conferences on multi-ethnicity (through consultation with NextGen Leadership Team)

One unfamiliar with ACNA initiatives may think this reasonable and think me an alarmist or worse. However, the Anglican Multi-ethnic Network (AMEN), another ACNA initiative, while led by Esau McCaulley pushed woke propagandists such as Jemar Tisby and decried "white privilege" for the sake of multi-ethnic ministry, of course.  McCaulley now leads the NGL Initiative.  Although not led by McCaulley, the Gatherings of the Matthew 25 Initiative have featured a lot of woke propaganda, for the sake of “justice and mercy,” of course. 

This seems to be a pattern in ACNA, to create various initiatives with commendable outward aims that become venues for pushing wokeness. 

Also, it is hard to miss that some who have influence in ACNA think “social justice” advocacy is necessary in attracting more young and non-white clergy and laypeople to ACNA. (That would be news to my very multi-ethnic parish that runs the full spectrum of ages.)

So I think it is to be expected that NGL will be pushing more of the same, more confusion of ministry and Lib/Left advocacy.  I would like to be proven wrong on this and other concerns about NGL.  But I am usually right about this sort of thing, which can be annoying.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Senator King Warns of Unrest if Election Results are Delayed

Senator Angus King of Maine is an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats.  I am not a fan because he seems to me to be more Democrat than independent.  With that said, he is on target with a warning that we are at risk for unrest after the November elections, particularly if the results are delayed:

Sen. Angus King, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is warning of protest “violence” and “conspiracy theories” running “rampant” if the November election results are delayed.

"I hate to say it but it invites violence," King said on Monday. "It invites people going into the streets who feel their votes weren't counted or something crooked happened." 

I think four factors put us at increased risk of post-election violence:

1. Increased use of mail-in ballots which not only enables election fraud, but increases the number of ballots that are counted late, often days after Election Day.  

2. Democrats have not as a whole respected the result of a presidential election that went against them since 1988.  They especially and openly disrespected the 2016 election of Donald Trump.  Now Biden is already making incoherent noises about Trump trying to steal the election.

By this point, Republicans would surely feel less obligated to respect the 2020 election if it is close and goes against them, particularly in light of the Democrat’s long history of election fraud.  If Democrats steal elections then do not respect them when they do not succeed, why should Republican respect an election that goes against them?

Of course, they should respect elections if the results are clean enough. But there is not a tremendous amount of incentive for that after the Democrats’ act since 2016.  Sadly, the 2020 election would have to be close to a landslide for both sides to respect it, and there is no guarantee of bipartisan respect for the results even then.

3.  Yes, as mentioned, the Democrats’ long history of election fraud.  And they are trying to double down on that with increased mail-in ballots among other ploys. J. Christian Adams has written an article on this that should alarm all reasonable people.  It’s gotten to the point that just about any close victory of significance by Democrats is suspect unless proven otherwise.  Yes, I’ve said it.

4.  This country is divided and practically at each others’ throats already.  Imagine how a disputed election might make matters even worse.  Well, maybe don’t imagine that too much right now if you have too much to handle at the moment as so many do.

So, yes, Angus King, who is about as middle of the road as a Senator gets anymore, is right – we are indeed at risk of significant unrest after the November elections.

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Big Smear From The Woke Church and Christianity Today

It is almost a creed with the Woke Church crowd that the founding of America was profoundly racist and that America continues profoundly racist to this day.  The Woke Church smears the church in America as well.  

From the Woke Church, Jemar Tisby being perhaps the most prominent example today, you hear a litany of sins committed against Black people by America and the church, some concocted (particularly in that much they call “racism” is hardly that) or exaggerated, but much of which are indeed awful and to be regretted.   We certainly should not ignore the history of racism in this country nor pretend that we and our forebears are without sin. 

The problem is the following baggage is attached to said accusatory confession:

The blithe ignoring of the almost universal nature of racism in the past.  
Go back 200 years or more.  Will you find any society that was not racist or at least tribal?  Why then is America singled out as peculiarly racist?  And are we to then reject everything good from American and British past and be good totalitarian Taliban and Jacobins and topple it all?

Chronological Hubris. 
As C. S. Lewis well pointed out, we have a tendency to look down on the past and think ourselves so superior to it.  That certainly includes confessing their sins – a species of that favorite LibChurch activity of confessing other people’s sins – while overlooking or downplaying our own.  Those with unenlightened views of race in the past were in the wrong.  But they would be appalled by the prevalent sins of society today and would be right to be appalled.  Every age and society has its prevalent sins, and that includes us.  (No I do not consider white-on-black racism a prevalent sin today, but a dying one.  Anti-white racism on the other hand….)  Should we then smear and reject the good that our forebears have passed down to us because we are so arrogant as to consider their sins worse than ours?  Again, that’s what totalitarians do.

Downplaying progress. 
There has been astounding progress in the area of race in America even in my lifetime and marked by the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008. . . .   Oh, I hope I didn’t make you faint there.  Yes, I did and do see good in the election of Obama; it made clear that skin color is no longer much of a barrier in America.  At the time, I actually hoped it ushered in a post-racial America.  Sadly, Obama and now the woke crowd decided to pick and tear at old wounds of racial division and make them bleed afresh.  Yes, I think wokeness is a much bigger factor behind today’s divisions than “whiteness.”  If the woke crowd is really that concerned about racism and division in America, they need to take a good long look in the mirror.  We were making very good progress until they came along.

Trust that I could say more.

Oft times, the Woke Church is more Satanic than Christian.  Like Satan, they twist and weaponize history to accuse the brethren while practically ignoring the brethren’s repentance, forgiveness and ongoing sanctification. 

(And, no, I do not think Americans are a whole are being sanctified as American Christians hopefully are.  I certainly do not conflate being an American and being a faithful Christian. But the accusatory pattern of smearing one of the greatest nations the world has ever seen goes hand in hand with smearing the church.)

As many of you perceptive readers have already noticed, Christianity Today has joined the Woke Chorus of accusation.  Like much of the rest of The Evangelical Church of What’s Happening Now, they practically jump up and down and squeak, “Me, too! Me, too!  I’m woke, too!”   An op-ed by CT’s president and CEO Thomas Dalrymple is the latest example.  It is certainly in the Woke Big Smear genre, using very selective and regrettable history (And, again, what country or church does not have regrettable history?) and a warped interpretation of it to smear country and church. I found this passage especially slanderous and vile:

The name of Phalaris is not much remembered in the 21st century, but in classical antiquity it was infamous. The tyrant of Agrigentum on the island of Sicily, Phalaris is known for a gruesome instrument of torture: a hulking bronze bull, hollowed on the inside, set over a fire. As victims were forced into the bull and roasted alive, the nostrils of the bull rendered the screams of the dying into a sonorous groaning that filled the palace with music. You might be a guest at the feast, unaware that your entertainment came through the agony of others.

Today’s generations may say we did not invent the bull of racial injustice. But we have benefited from it. The resiliency, creativity, industry, and indomitable faith of African Americans in spite of all they have suffered is nothing short of miraculous. We have all benefited not only from their labor but also from their innovations and entrepreneurialism, their art and music, their films and poetry and books, their hymns and preaching. The transformation of black suffering into economic abundance for America, as well as art and passion and brilliance, has enriched our feast in the palace. Perhaps we can honestly say we did not know what our brothers and sisters were suffering. Now we do. So there’s only one thing to do: put down our forks and get our brothers and sisters out of the belly of the bull.

It disgusts me to see a once excellent Christian publication be the accuser of the brethren like that. 

Yes, for those concerned about how wokeness has infiltrated the Anglican Church in North America, there are any number of clergy that approve of the Big Smear and at least one diocesan Canon who publicly approves of this article.  I am not mentioning her by name because I do not want to single her out when it is a much wider problem in ACNA and other church bodies.   

The Woke Big Smear must be rejected by both Christians and non-Christians before it further poisons and divides our churches and our country.

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Evangelical Church of What’s Happening Now VIII: Summarized

Phil Johnson gave his address at the Social Justice and the Gospel conference more than a year ago, and I do not think I agree with all of it.  But a statement early on so well summarizes The Evangelical Church of What’s Happening Now (TECoWHaN) that I have to revive this series to quote it:

Sounds like what is happening now, does it not?  As I said when discussing the “emergent” church:

A recurring pattern of The Evangelical Church of What’s Happening Now is to urge, for the sake of being “missional,” becoming more relevant to aspects of contemporary cultures. And there is certainly a needful place for that within limits.  But also part of the pattern is that, before long, it becomes clear that so being missional and relevant is a cloak for injecting said culture’s false teachings into the church.

Yes, again, all too familiar.  Evangelicals have long had a problem distinguishing being worldly and seeking to win the world to Christ.  They need to read less Tisby and more of St. Paul in Athens and Corinth….

That’s it.  That’s the best I’ve got today.  Go read closely of St. Paul in Athens and Corinth.  Go.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A Good Morning for Psalms 56 and 57

I never cease to be amazed how the appointed readings in the Book of Common Prayer can be so providential.  I was so amazed during personal Morning Prayer today when I saw Psalms 56 and 57 were appointed for the 11th morning of the month.

These two psalms well describe the mob running rampant today.  They “goeth about to devour” those who dare say no to their evil.  “They be many” and control many/most of the big corporate and educational institutions.  They are tyrannical.  They twist and use people’s words against them.  They “speak lies,” and more.  

The actions and success of the mob of late certainly can alarm.  But…

Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid, yet put I my trust in thee.
I will praise God because of his word; I have put my trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

These psalms comfort and strengthen in the midst of times such as this.  These psalms remind that God and his people, not predatory mobs, win in the end.  Being so reminded is needful as it takes courage to say and do what is right today when freedom of religion and freedom of speech is so under attack.

Thanks be to God that he knows well what we are going through and helps us providentially through his word and through the Book of Common Prayer.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

“America’s New Religion” of Antiracism

One of the several downsides of living in a time of mass insanity is that it can be disorienting.  Perhaps it’s the fear that comes with so much of society trying its worst to self-destruct that disorients. 

I note this because I have had trouble knowing what and how to write lately.  That is not for any lack of enormities that make tempting targets for my digital pen, nor for lack of God graciously showing me great and wonderful things through my reading.  I suspect disorientation is a factor.  Perhaps the difficulty of writing in a sane fashion in the midst of insanity is a cause for my writer’s block.

Anyway, being at a loss for words lately makes me all the more impressed by Peter Leithart’s post “America’s New Religion,” which religion is Antiracism.  He captures very well much of the zeitgeist of this current moment. 

My thoughts are no substitute for reading the whole article, which is not long, so please do so.  But I will venture to add a thought or two nonetheless with the obligatory disclaimer that I am not discussing opposition to the sin of racism which I and all decent people share, but the quasireligious ideology of Antiracism.

Leithart is right to note that Holy Antiracism’s aim and “hope that America will, somehow and someday, fix racism once and for all” is virtually “eschatological” and can hardly ever be satisfied.  Of course, Antiracism is not the first fervent cause that has been that way.  The Prohibitionists come to mind.  They, often motivated by rather un-Anglican religious fervor, just knew that society would be so much better if demon rum were banned.

Of course when the Prohibitionists actually got their way in the U. S., it created more societal problems than it solved, and booze was hardly eliminated anyway; instead organized crime and disrespect for the law was enabled.  Racism and other sins are like that too until Jesus comes back, and if one makes a utopian idol out of eliminating them, seven demons worse than the first may take their place. But tell the Antiracists that at your own risk.  Anyway, the failure of Prohibition was ended in 1933, thanks be to God.  

If one watches and listens carefully to the Antiracists as I often do, one will have cause to fear what will happen to society if the Antiracists get their way.  The rampant cancelling, ritual humiliations, and iconoclasm of historic statues are just a foretaste.  It will make Prohibition look like a cake walk.

But be aware that, of course, if one listens critically to the Antiracists as I do, that is not really “listening.”  “Listening” to them includes uncritical agreement, not unlike the “holy listening” Libchurchers have advocated concerning their apostasies.  You probably have already found this out the hard way, but I’m letting you know just in case.

Leithart also got my attention when he stated the following:

Though disguised in Christian colors, Antiracism is a rival faith. And not only a rival in a general sense, a competitor for hearts and minds. It's a rival in the sense that orthodox Christianity is one of Antiracism’s targets. If there’s one thing a newly established religion cannot tolerate, it’s the persistence of the old establishment.

I could not but be helped to be reminded of the oft anachronistic Antiracist attacks on Christian heroes such as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield.  Or, while we’re at it, of the disdain towards traditional Anglican worship that the woke in ACNA sometimes let slip out. 

One can certainly dispute Leithart’s contention that Antiracism is “a rival faith” although I find it hard to disagree.  That Antiracism is a parasitic and demanding idolatry is even harder to deny.  Its infiltration into the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and of the Anglican Church in North America, not the mention how American cultural elites are falling all over each other to bend the knee to it, gives reason for concern.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Southern Baptists See Biggest Membership Drop in 100 Years

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) lost 2 percent of its membership last year—the largest drop in more than a century, according to its annual report.  Certain state conventions did report increases in baptisms and church growth, including in places outside the SBC’s Bible Belt strongholds. But overall, the denomination’s Annual Church Profile—released today by LifeWay Christian Resources and capturing 2019 statistics—shows a trajectory of serious decline and a sharp challenge for leaders concerned about evangelism and retention.

Both the CT and LifeWay articles go to pains to mention factors other than the elephant in the room likely behind the acceleration in SBC membership losses – the SBC’s now overt pushing of wokeness, particularly its endorsement of Critical Theory as ratified by Resolution 9 at last year’s convention.  Flip the report and note that inside the Bible Belt strongholds were significant declines.  That seems to confirm that SBC’s wokeward lurches have not been helpful.

As much as the Woke Church crowd may be in denial about it, many/most Bible-believing Christians in America do not like Leftist ideologies and political advocacy infiltrating their churches.  One can argue whether American Christians are right to be that way (They are.), but that’s the way it is.  Such infiltration helped drive me and many out of the mainline denominations the past several decades.  And now the SBC is learning that lesson the hard way, if they will ever learn.

Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), please take note.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

A Call to Prayer from Archbishop Foley Beach

Today Foley Beach, the Archbishop of ACNA, issued a heartfelt and needed call to prayer.  I appreciate its spirit and balance and will most certainly participate.
His call to prayer follows:

Dearest People of God in the Anglican Church in North America:
I write you with a tremendous heaviness in my spirit and soul as I observe and participate in what is happening today in the United States of America. If ever there is a time for the people of God to fall on our faces before God and plead for his mercy and intervention, now is the time. As believers, we are given the privilege of coming to the Throne of Grace with our petitions and requests, and he promises to hear us. (1 John 5:14,15)
Consider what we have experienced in recent days and weeks:
  • Another senseless killing by a police officer of an unarmed black man, George Floyd.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people participating in peaceful protests.
  • The unleashing of a spirit of lawlessness where rioting, violence, destruction of businesses and properties (mostly minority owned), unbridled theft, personal assaults on bystanders, store owners, the elderly, and police officers.
  • Covid-19 closing whole countries down, reportedly killing over 100,000 people in the U.S., over 7,000 in Canada, and over 10,000 in Mexico, and creating an economic calamity with tens of millions of people unemployed across North America.
  • Numerous businesses and churches have had to close down and many will not reopen.
  • Incredible generosity of strangers helping strangers in the midst of calamity.
Sisters and brothers, I am asking you to join me in spending the next week in prayer and fasting for North America (Wednesday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 10). For those who can fast the whole week, a day, or a meal, I ask you set aside time to intercede on behalf of your community, state, and nation.
Pray in the Holy Spirit and as the Holy Spirit leads you, and as you do, consider these petitions:
  • Show me my own sin; reveal to me the darkness of my own heart (Ps.139:24)
  • Reveal to me the repentance I need in my own life.
  • The ending of the lawlessness and violence.
  • Justice for those who have had their lives taken from them, especially George Floyd, and comfort for their families.
  • Comfort for the family and friends of the thousands of people who have lost their lives because of Covid-19.
  • Help for the millions who find themselves suddenly without a job.
  • Provision for all those business owners who have lost their business because of rioting, for those who have insurance and those who do not.
  • Strength for the health care workers, nurses, doctors, technicians in hospitals and medical facilities who continue to work fearlessly to save lives.
  • Wisdom for our government and civil leaders as they seek to keep us safe both from the virus and from the violence in our cities.
  • Food and provision for those who are hungry and in need.
  • Fresh anointing for the Church of Jesus Christ to faithfully proclaim the Gospel and reach people who are hurting, suffering, alone, and in need.
  • Specific acts of grace and mercy that You want me to carry out in this time.
If you would like some specific prayers to help you pray, consider these from the Book of Common Prayer 2019 on pages 657-661:
  • #39 – For our Nation
  • #40 – For All Sorts and Conditions of Men
  • #41 – For Cities, Towns, and other Communities
  • #42 – For the Human Family
  • #43 – For Social Justice
  • #44 – In Times of Social Conflict or Distress
  • #45 – For Those Who Serve Others
  • #46 – For Commerce and Industry
  • #47 – For the Unemployed
  • #48 – For Agriculture and Farming
  • #49 – For Schools, Colleges, and Universities
  • #50 – For the Medical Professions
  • #51 – For Those Who Inform Public Opinion
Jesus said: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:9,10)
Your brother in Jesus Christ,

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America

Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Statement from Archbishop Foley Beach

A blessed Pentecost to all.  Speaking of which, I post this in haste as I need to get ready for church but wanted to get this out first.

ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach posted a statement last night addressing the rioting and violence since the killing of George King.  It is needful and I appreciate it.  It is the first statement from ACNA bishops that I have seen that addresses the rioting.  (Feel free to comment if I’ve missed something.)

The Archbishop’s statement follows:

Call to Prayer on Pentecost Sunday...

To the Clergy of the Anglican Church in North America,

As followers of Jesus, we are called to be people of peace and love, reflecting our Lord and Savior. We are called to be light in the darkness and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, shine Christ's love not only in our churches but in our communities. Watching the lawlessness and violence in cities all over the United States is not only heart-breaking and tragic, but completely defeats the purpose of the protests for justice. With our city here in Atlanta on fire, our own mayor broke into tears when reminding our citizens that our city's heritage is one of non-violent protest as the home and ministry center of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

For those of you in the United States, I am writing to ask you to lead your congregation in specific prayer during worship tomorrow (Pentecost Sunday) for peace and justice in our communities; for the violence to stop; for wisdom for our leaders; for comfort for those who have lost loved ones or have been injured in the violence; and for people to be drawn to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Almighty God, you created us in your own image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP 2019, pg. 659)

A blessed Pentecost to you! Shalom.

Friday, May 29, 2020

About AND’s Statement on the George Floyd Killing and Subsequent Riots

To say there is a need for unity in the church and in this country after the George Floyd killing would be an understatement.  Christians and Americans are united in condemning the killing.  But the “social justice” crowd is mishandling their response to the aftermath, particularly the looting and arson, and that is making our divisions worse and even less tolerable.  I certainly include the response of the AND Campaign in that.

Months ago I exposed the AND Campaign as a Democrat front group.  So I was not expecting much from them.  But their statement goes below even my low expectations.  I wonder if I should even bother to respond to it.  But I’m a fool, so here goes…

The riots in Minneapolis are not to be glorified or romanticized, but we must realize that they are a product of a riotous and unjust system. The disorder began when a man’s rights were violated and his life was taken. American racism was rioting against the people long before they took to the streets. We must condemn and address the cause before we can appropriately address the broken reaction. 

So the looting and arson is just “a broken reaction” AND won’t condemn.  The riots are unjust Amerika’s fault anyway.  Got it. 

By the way, the killing has been roundly condemned and is being addressed.  That will not make George Floyd come back.  But the “system,” however imperfect, is striving for justice in this situation.  AND on the other hand cannot even bring themselves to condemn widespread looting and arson.  The excuses for the riots and for AND’s failure are lame.

We cannot place our cultural preferences, partisan interests and flawed race narratives ahead of the Christian justice imperative. 

If you want “partisan interests and flawed race narratives,” look in the mirror, AND.

A spirit of racial hatred and violence has engulfed the United States of America for too long; in fact, it’s our nation’s original sin.

Yes, it’s all AmeriKKKa’s fault.  And the founders came over here because they hated Black people or something.

Now, the Church must offer a sober, determined and steadfast witness against white supremacy as contrary to no less than the very word and judgment of God.

What “white supremacy”?  There are more flat-earthers than white supremacists today.  Cut the CRT posturing.  The church has better things to do than chase around the few remaining idiot white supremacists. 

This is where we stand: not on the shaky ground of man-made ideology or carried by the shifting winds of societal judgment,…

Just a little lack of self-awareness there.

We don’t have to deny our pain, sadness or anger, but we do have to turn it over to God and respond in ways that glorify Him.

Well, you failed, AND.  But then your real objective is conning Christians into supporting Democrats, isn’t it?  That has been Michael Wear’s job for years.

What makes this more sad is that some prominent ACNA clergy are supporting this tripe.  Overall, it is sad that many/most woke church people cannot even bring themselves to condemn looting and arson that is hurting Black people more than anyone else.  Can’t we even unite on that?  Can’t we?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pusey’s The Doctrine of the Real Presence

I remember many years ago seeing a very large commentary on Psalm 119.  If I recall, it was by a Puritan and was in two thick volumes.  I immediately commented that it’s amazing what a man can do when not distracted by television.  Of course some Puritans tried not to get distracted by any sort of fun, but anyway…

Reading E. B. Pusey’s The Doctrine of the Real Presence As Contained in the Fathers now prompts me to think that it’s amazing what a man can do when not distracted by the internet.  Yes, the internet can assist research (when it’s not concealing it, but do not get me started on that), but it is more impressive to become a human google, and the internet can only do so much to bring that about.

As I read this great work, I cannot but conclude that Dr. Pusey was the 19th century equivalent of Google for Oxford in the area of the church fathers.  His research is amazing.  He quotes any number of fathers I have never even heard of.  If you want to read what the fathers said about the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, there can hardly be a better book.  Pusey gives a multitude of extended excerpts from the Fathers far more than he gives his own thinking.  His last and very long chapter is almost entirely such excerpts. He lets the fathers speak for themselves even when it might seem to weaken Pusey’s contentions.

Speaking of which, one may be surprised that he spends many pages disputing against the Romish doctrine of transubstantiation.  His teaching and the teaching of the fathers of the Real Presence is not to be confused with the error of the Church of Rome.

If one is the least bit interested in reading the fathers concerning the Eucharist, I cannot recommend this book enough.  I am thankful that I’ve been reading this going into the Ascension season as it has impressed me with the wonderful truth that while Christ intercedes for us before the Father in Heaven, yet is also “very present”, including in the Holy Communion.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Jemar Tisby Exposes Himself as a Hack With His Reaction to “You Ain’t Black.”

As promised, I have been watching Woke Church reaction – or lack thereof – to Biden saying “you ain’t Black” unless you vote for him.  But when I took a good look at Jemar Tisby’s twitter account, I was stopped in my tracks.  Jemar Tisby needs to be called out right now.  Usually I sleep on a post when provoked.  But enough is enough from Tisby.

I have searched all of Tisby’s tweets since Biden’s statement, and there is not one word of criticism towards Racist Joe.  Which is odd because isn’t Jemar supposed to be oh-so concerned about racism? Instead he puts on a show of outrage towards an unnamed “white evangelical public personality” (probably Eric Metaxas) for his lampoon of Biden’s racism.

So Biden makes a blatantly racist statement, and Tisby is silent.  Hmm, I thought “silence is complicity.”  But a white evangelical opposes and lampoons Biden’s racism, and Tisby calls that out as bigoted and even calls for him to be cancelled.

But it gets worse.  You’d think Tisby would sleep on it and decide he really should be somewhat balanced and call out Biden for “You ain’t Black.”  But no.  Instead he tweeted this:

So he uses Trump standing up for freedom of religion as an occasion to smear him.  But, at least on twitter, he still gives Biden a silent pass on “You ain’t Black.”  Biden demeans Blacks who dare to think for themselves, and Tisby is silent.  Trump defends religious freedom, and Tisby attacks.

This is far from the first time Tisby has demonstrated such a blatant double standard.  I’ve caught him doing that on anti-semitism.  These are among the many reasons he does not deserve the benefit of the doubt any longer.  You want “transparent”? Jemar Tisby is a transparent, race-baiting Leftist hack using a veneer of Christianity as a cover.

There are well meaning Christians, particularly within ACNA, who have supported and promoted Tisby. It is time they open up their eyes.

Friday, May 22, 2020

ACNA Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth Wins at Texas Supreme Court UPDATED

This lllllong standing case is not 100% over, but it is close to it.  Good news from the Texas Supreme Court and the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth (ACNA):

Today we rejoice that the Supreme Court of Texas has issued a unanimous decision in our favor concerning the suit first brought against the Diocese and Corporation more than 11 years ago. After considering our Petition for Review of the 2018 opinion issued by the Second Court of Appeals, the high Court has granted all the relief requested.

Page two of the opinion says in part,

Applying neutral principles to the undisputed facts, we hold that 1) resolution of this property dispute does not require consideration of an ecclesiastical question, 2) under the governing documents, the withdrawing faction is the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, and 3) the trial court properly granted summary judgment in the withdrawing faction’s favor. We therefore reverse the court of appeals’ contrary judgment.

In its opinion, the Court found that the Diocese had not violated any Episcopal Church charter in withdrawing from association to TEC in 2008, and that the actions of the Diocese and Corporation were consistent with our own charters and with the state’s trust and unincorporated association statutes, and it upheld the dismissal of the Dennis Canon as determinative in Texas church property disputes.

Plaintiffs may exercise their rights of appeal, after which a mandate will go to the trial court for implementation.

We are grateful for the Court’s hard work on this decision and for the clarity with which it was rendered. We give thanks to the members of our legal team – Shelby Sharpe, Scott Brister, and David Weaver – for their sound counsel, expertise, and perseverance throughout these proceedings.

We give thanks for our visionary founding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. A. Donald Davies, and for those who assisted him in setting the legal and temporal foundations of the Diocese and Corporation. We stand on their shoulders.

We praise God for the steadfast faith and leadership of our third Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker, a true shepherd of the flock, who made many sacrifices throughout his episcopate for the sake of Christ’s holy Church.

Above all, we thank God for his eternal provision and protection for his Church and the people he has called to serve him.

If you wish to wade through the opinion, it is here.

UPDATE: I've been eagerly awaiting A. S. Haley's take, and he has not disappointed.  Read what an actual honest lawyer has to say on this ruling.

"If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black."

Yes, Joe Biden really did say that on a radio show this morning.  Here is the train wreck with some context:

Yes, incredible.  Now I could wax eloquent about how racist this is, to say that a Black person must stay on the Democrat plantation to be a good Black, a real Black even.  But there are already quite a number of Black people, among others, who are doing a better job of that than I could.

I do wonder if many of various colors who so love to use the word “racist,” I do wonder if many of them will speak out against this blatant racism of Biden.  You know if Trump had said this, the woke crowd would be oh so outraged, and I would have to agree with them.  How will they respond now?  I am watching with interest.  I’m especially watching you woke church people.  Just letting you know.

By the way, if memory serves me right, I’ve predicted Trump will get 15% of the Black vote.  If Biden is the Democrat nominee, I now think it will be closer to 20% even if Biden chooses a Black running mate, which he very well may now to try to undo the damage from this debacle.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Hundreds of Clergy Tell California Gov. Newsom They WILL Open Church on Pentecost

I am very glad to see more and more clergy saying enough is enough.  

On Wednesday, lawyers representing more than 1,200 California clergy sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), declaring religious services essential during the coronavirus pandemic and announcing that churches will start meeting in person on May 31 — the Day of Pentecost … — with or without the governor’s permission.

Now I do not know exactly how many have signed this Declaration of Essentiality for Churches as I have not found a list of signees.  Nor do I know if any ACNA or Continuing Anglican clergy have signed. Readers may send more information via the comments.  (Let me know if you do not want your comment posted.)

Nonetheless, I think the restrictions on our freedom of religion as well as other freedoms went too far weeks ago, if not at the beginning of this COVID-19 panic.* So I am glad to see such public, widespread principled defiance.

*Yes, I said it.  The danger from COVID-19, though very real, was exaggerated with disastrous societal consequences.  It was and is a panic.

MORE: Trump’s Justice Department is pushing back, too:

The Justice Department on Tuesday warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a letter that his order banning church services puts an "unfair burden" on religious institutions.

The letter, sent by the department's Civil Rights Division, expressed concerns that Newsom's still undetermined opening date for churches amounted to "unequal treatment of faith communities" ...

"Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights," wrote Eric Dreiband, the lead attorney in a team assembled by Attorney General William Barr to examine religious liberty disputes amid state shutdown orders.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Ascended Yet Very Present

This Ascension week means more to me than usual.  I’ve already mentioned I am paying more attention to the Rogation Days, and I prayed the Litany yesterday morning as part of that.

But also lately my thoughts have turned to Jesus being both ascended yet “very present” as a favorite Psalm (46) says.  In both his divinity and his humanity, the ascended Christ now intercedes for us in Heaven before the Father.  Yet at the same time he is very present by the Holy Spirit, in the Holy Sacrament (a subject I may touch on soon), and just by being so omnipresent!  

This all is “too wonderful for me. . . . I cannot attain to it.” (Psalm 139: 6)  Although it is right and edifying to think on Jesus being both ascended yet very present, it is beyond what I can think or even imagine.  At the same time it is profoundly comforting.

During this time when we may be all the more aware of both our need of Jesus’ “very present help” and his intercession for us, may this Feast of the Ascension especially comfort and bless you.