Ichabod explores the Age of Apostasy, predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, with an emphasis on UOJ, Church Growth, and Emergent Church heresies. The antidote to these poisons is trusting the efficacious Word in the Means of Grace. John 16:8. Most readers are WELS, LCMS, ELS, or ELCA. This blog also covers the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the mainline denominations.
The Glory Has Departed
Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
This is all extremely distressing for good Episcopalians who go to church to pray and expect honesty
from their leadership. Recently Meredith Gould was outed on the Baltimore Brew. She has been hired by
Bishop Sutton to assist in managing this crisis within the church. In that capacity, she has been
posting widely on social media about the Cook case, defending Bishop Sutton,
but without indicating that she was being paid by Bishop Sutton to do so.
According to Gouldher husband also working “a diocesan official” has
phoned the media (specifically, Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post) in
order to have headlines and stories rewritten on behalf of Bishop Sutton. She
claims “human error/laziness” and “nothing nefarious” in the fact that she did
not disclose she was working for Bishop Sutton. Others of us feel differently.
We are also disappointed that Bishop Sutton has claimed not to be communicating
with the press, when in fact he has two people being paid to do so on his
behalf and regularly communicating using various forms of secrecy. The Gospel
and Episcopalians are about openness and honesty. We have a right to expect
this from the leadership.
Never heard the term 'Whiskeypalians' used on the West Coast. In fact a TEC church not to far off fired their rector outright when he was drunk on the church wine supple at Nine O'Clock in the Morning. Rumor had it they were pretty okay with the unauthorized (by second wife) pounding out pieces on the organist but a flat out no to the drunkenness.
The term ''iscopalian is of my invention. The 'E' and 'p' are missing. If found please turn in to Bishop Giggles. It is close to midnight for poor ole Dennis Bennett's Nine O'Clock in the Morning church St. Luke's in Ballard. Bp. Rickets has the flames nearly stamped out. Just a little ash left. The Spirit is not welcome in Seattle. Shoo! Go Away!
With the spirit of fairness, let me say, the above church is on the verge of their second interim bishop appointed rector and are looking to appoint a permanent one of their own in the future. Bp. Riddles is a great humanitarian and likes to appoint abused collars from the rescue mission as the interims. The position pays well; $100K+. Any successful candidate will have it super easy. This is not following a strong act. These poor parishioners have heard only four good sermons and eleven okay ones in the last twenty years. All a successful rector will have to do is preach a good ten minute sermon twice on Sunday. The folks will be happy and he can kick back and collect the salary. Heck, you can plagiarize or buy someone else's homily and no one will complain.
The local bishop know affectionately as Gregory the Much Lesser is a class act. He has two passions. The first is to blow sunshine up Schori's robes and the second is a youth emphasis for the diocese. Actually, the seed for the youth emphasis was planted by a heiress, matron, and patron of the church who at age 76 treated herself to a 25 year old Russian husband. Vinny the retired bishop followed suite with a much younger wife that looks better riding around in his Corvette than the old gray haired mare. Youth, youth, youth, but no drunkenness out west especially at Nine O'Clock in the Morning.
GJ - I was at Christian News when the phone calls and faxes were coming in to manage the news at Otten's business. WELS-ELS-LCMS did that all the time.
District President Al Barry worked out a deal where Otten got material through Paul McCain before the district membership did. People were highly suspicious that Christian News could have the material in print as soon as they saw the "original" in the mail. Paul McCain and Herman Otten told me separately they were working together - top secret, and both of them denied in public--even in writing--that they worked together.
McCain's holy water was barely dry from ordination when he began working as Barry's assistant at the Purple Palace, Paul's reward for managing the media and deceiving the membership and clergy.