• The Theme of Holy Week is Deliverance

    April 6, 2020 by

    The theme of Holy Week is deliverance. It was last year, it is this year, it will be next year. In the midst of pandemic we might be inclined to ask, as does the psalmist, “Why are you cast down O my soul and why are you disquieted within me?” And then comes the answer,… Read more

  • Note Critic Sam Woodward Interviews Me about Country Parson

    April 3, 2020 by

    I was interviewed recently about my blog, Country Parson (stevenwoolley.com), by noted Kindle book critic, Sam Woodward. Here’s a partial transcript for those of you who may have missed it on NWPB. Woodward: I understand you’ve been publishing Country Parson for over a decade. Me: Yes, I started it shortly after I retired. It was… Read more

  • Holy Week: Walking Out of Darkness Toward the Light

    April 2, 2020 by

    There is no question that Holy Week can feel like a downer. It seems to go deeper and deeper into darkness so that the glory of Easter might shine the brighter. The intentions are good. Sometimes we need to be shaken out of our complacency, but it has its limitations, especially in a season like… Read more

  • Trump’s Approval Rating & Why They Believe

    March 30, 2020 by

    I’m among those dismayed by Trump’s approval ratings. The latest average of ten presidential rating polls show approval at 47%, with wide variation. The trend line over the course of his administration has been bouncing around from a low of 35% to a high of 49%, and a few individual polls rate him well above… Read more

  • Pseudo Christianity in The Time of Pandemic

    March 26, 2020 by

    It surprises no one that a.m. talk radio hosts ridicule the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, blame liberal socialists for insisting that it is, and laud Trump for his decisive leadership of the federal government’s response.  Sadly, it no longer surprises me that so many believe them, preferring their propagandistic screeds to verifiable facts and… Read more

  • Dry Bones & Tombs: preparing for Sunday

    March 24, 2020 by

    Here are a few observations on the lessons for this coming Sunday.  You may find them helpful in preparing for online or at home worship. The lessons for Sunday, March 29 are from Ezekiel, the valley of dry bones, and John, the raising of Lazarus, both very familiar.  In between is a short passage from… Read more

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