• Three Bones to Pick: Voting Patterns, Crime, Economy

    November 21, 2022 by

    I have a couple of bones to pick about seemingly unrelated subjects, but I suspect they have connections stronger than one might think.  Let’s get started with the current flood of mathematical evaluations of the recent election, to which pundits confidently attach motives and trends. Analysis of voting statistics is a good and valuable thing. … Read more

  • Jesus in Hell – Still

    November 18, 2022 by

    A guest column on Country Parson is rare, so this is an exception. It is a short essay by my friend The Rev. David Hindman, UMC pastor and long time chaplain at William and Mary. Considering this question has been prompted in recent days as I have heard claims from faithful Christians that Mahatmas Gandhi… Read more

  • Dear Major Media: Quit Speculating, Start Reporting

    November 11, 2022 by

    I hope we’ve all had enough of speculative reporting. I have.  It isn’t just cable news, it’s the major national dailies as well that have been obsessed with reporting on news that has not yet happened by speculating about what it might, possibly, probably will be, or not.  Reporting has been followed by op.ed. pundits… Read more

  • A Diatribe on Woes of Church Decline

    November 7, 2022 by

    Throughout the world there are churches that have been in continuous use as places of worship where centuries of warfare and destruction could not overcome them.  They stand in contrast to lovely old parish church buildings left abandoned and decaying, or, if lucky, converted into museums, inns, or homes.  Many church buildings in America are… Read more

  • The Holiday Season: Hype to Hope

    October 24, 2022 by

    The Holiday Season is almost here. A century ago it began on Christmas Eve. Then it moved to Thanksgiving and now it begins even before Halloween.  Of course that’s not counting the early September Christmas displays at Home Depot. Much of the holiday madness is driven by advertising promising more than can possibly be delivered. … Read more

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