Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I am interested in your thoughts–or your take on God’s thoughts–about abortion. Many years ago I made the miserable and unhappy choice to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, and while my reasons were very good, I have never … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Abortion Pain and the Choice Between Heaven and Hell
Did you know that SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) funds cannot be used to purchase feminine hygiene products? Can you imagine what it would be like to be a girl or woman living in deep poverty and unable to take care … Continue reading Ask Thoughtful Pastor: “Does God Like Women?” How About a Tampon Drive?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Because one objects to certain aspects of Scripture, how does or can one believe the whole word of God?’’ ~Non-objectionable Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible has been accepted as the inerrant Word of God for centuries. By … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible, the Whole Bible and Nothing But the Bible?
Battling the Systems Like just about everyone I know, I am in a constant battle with my body’s survival desire to put on weight. Vanity drives my battle. Cellular memory and human history drives my body. My body will ultimately win. … Continue reading Fighting the System: The Aging Body and the Aging UMC
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Do you believe in prayer? Does prayer work? If I pray for a friend with a disease and she dies anyway, did I just not pray hard enough? ~Disappointed Dear Disappointed: Three questions here. First question: … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Prayer and Lost Children
Last weekend, I and about 15 other women in my general age group spent the night at the home of an incredibly hospitable friend at her house on Lake Moss in North Texas. I had never met any of these … Continue reading The Power of Female Friendships
Dear Thoughtful Pastor, I consider myself a Christian and I am totally confused with some who seem to feel God commanded them to take on the world if the world does not see Christian values the way they do. Did … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Mean Christians and Lost Hope
Apparently we have a Muslim woman who has been suspended from her job as a flight attendant for refusing to serve alcohol to the passengers who ordered it. Her comment: “What this case comes down to is no one should … Continue reading Religious Restrictions and the Right to Work–and this is a rant!
Note: These are real questions, but the name of the questioner is withheld. Questions may be edited for the sake of clarity and brevity. If you have a question for The Thoughtful Pastor, feel free to email her at email@example.com or … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Screaming Babies and Communion Issues