So, the news has exploded with one more statement from the almighty Trump: women who have abortions should be punished. Yes, he sought to retract it later, but the key is this: deep in his subconscious, he believes that women embody evil and are also responsible for all the bad in the world. Women need to be punished. I believe that we in the church needs to pay close attention to the Trump phenomena. A big source of his popularity springs from his willingness to vocalize what others think but don’t want to say because it is so terribly incorrect to do so. … Continue reading Trump Voices the National Consciousness: Women are Evil
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have visited a number of churches in the last few years. Often I wonder during the services, “When are they going to pray?” Every year on Good Friday, my mom made us sit still for three … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: When Will They Pray? Good Friday Meditations
“Jesus is on the cross. You will sit quietly for the next three hours and respect that.” Can you imagine telling that to your children and expecting them to sit quietly from noon to three p.m. on Good Friday? And … Continue reading Jesus Is On The Cross–Sit Still and Think About It.
So, now we have word that if an open convention means that The Donald will not get the nomination after all, “bad things will happen.” From this article in the Washington Post, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that … Continue reading The Donald: Picture of an Abusive Husband/President
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I grew up in an “evangelical—fundamental” Christian home. My recollection is that this meant a high regard for scripture and belief in the basic tenets of the Christian faith. During this political cycle, the term “evangelical” is … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Is Mainline the Opposite of Evangelical?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible tells us that as Christians Jesus forgives us for our sins (our sins are erased), but then it also says we will answer for them when we get to heaven. There is comfort in knowing … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: The Final Judgment and Church Demands
I’m lucky enough to live in a house that has a pool in the backyard. In Texas, this pool serves ever so many advantages. The hot tub provides relaxation on cooler winter nights, the rest of the pool a great … Continue reading The Promiscuity of Nature Versus the Pristine Swimming Pool
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Why is the Catholic Lord’s Prayer different from the Protestant Lord’s Prayer? What Protestants call the Lord’s Prayer and Catholics call the Our Father is found in both Matthew 6 and Luke 11. The way most Protestants … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Lords Prayer and Wading Pool Theology