Associated PressDecember 25Galilee— Security procedures for public appearances are under review, according to an official of The Way, a messianic Jewish sect known for the controversial lifestyle of its charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth. The review comes after a woman jumped a barrier and rushed at Jesus apparently attempting to rip the hem off his … Continue reading Officials: Jesus "Okay" After Attack By Woman Seeking Cure
Christmas Eve Year C December 24 2009 A Christmas Gift “Because Emperors love to count, that's why. They count their horses and they count their chariots and they count their swords and they count their gold. They just love to count, I guess.” He looked at the girl across the table, and took her … Continue reading
Whether Republican or Democrat, virtually everyone agrees that South Carolina state government is broken. We have a state of the art Office of Research and Statistics that tracks demographics so complicated that reading them makes your eyes bleed. But 1980's vintage computers at the Employment Security Commission can't get benefits out on time to people … Continue reading The Malevolence of South Carolina State Government
What if this is as good as it gets? –Jack NicholsonA couple of weeks ago, The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected the Reverend Canon Mary Glaspool as one its two new Bishops Suffragan, both of whom are women. Mary Glaspool is not just a woman, but she is also a partnered lesbian. The predictable, … Continue reading Dear Rowan: This is as Good as it Gets for The Episcopal Church
I get a lot of calls from people who are worried about other people that they know—someone who's lost a job or who's behind in their rent or who needs to get a prescription filled and they don't know where to get help. I have the privilege of working with a group of talented and … Continue reading Tales From Desolation Row: God bless the child that’s got his own health care.
It's December in Columbia, which means that it's either sunny and hot or cold and rainy or both. The rest of the world is caught up in the spirit of Retailmas Christmas, while Episcopalians in Upper South Carolina gather in an Advent gray hope. Hope that their beloved Church will overcome the forces of secession, … Continue reading The Bishop’s Election
(This post is slightly revised from the earlier edition, after a couple of editing errors were corrected. We are saved by Grace, not by works, thanks be to God!)In an effort to become as notorious a false prophet as Balaam and Simon Magus, I decided to predict the relative chances of the candidates for Bishop. In that … Continue reading Father Waldo Explains His Reference to Excommunication