A man sits in a house of worship, struggling with despair, staring at his useless hand. He couldn’t harness an ox, hold a plow, slaughter an animal, or build a shelter. Total ruin for his family loomed. He’d beg, but … Continue reading Standing Up to Oppression: Will We Pay the Cost?
We passed a campaign sign for a local race that read “Protect Your Religious Liberties. Vote for . . . ” I turn to my husband and said, “As one who has sought to live as Christianly as possible all … Continue reading When Theology Drives a Presidential Race, It is Time to be Scared
The repercussions are nightmarish. As we get more information about the December 31, 2015 attack by young male refugees on women in Cologne, Germany, the more disturbing the situation becomes. A short recap for those not familiar with the story: organized groups … Continue reading Muslim Refugees: You Need to Meet Us Half Way
She’s been living a lie and I’m deeply troubled about this even as others are cheering her on. I write of the Rev. Cynthia Meyer, a long time pastor, and her announcement to her church on Sunday, January 3, 2016. From this … Continue reading A Violation of Integrity: “Coming Out” as a Lesbian Clergyperson?
What might it be like to have the status of the most despised person in the US? Right now, that position belongs to Ethan Couch, with the secondary position going to his enabling mother, Tonya. Everyone knows the story by … Continue reading The Most Despised Person in the US
This time of year has always been tough for me, and Christmas is anything but a favorite holiday. In my growing up years, it was a time of growing tension yearly between my mom and dad. I, as the ultra-sensitive, … Continue reading December Sadness and the Timing of Christmas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have a question about praying in public and the scripture verse from Matthew 6:5. There is a man that dresses in a bright neon yellow robe at night. I’ve seen him in the daytime in a … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Public Hypocrites and The Way of Jesus
I’m telling you: this may be the most brilliant analysis of Donald Trump’s campaign ever. Wish I had been smart enough to write it. I encourage you to read it, but below are the particularly salient sentences: “Trump will soon reveal … Continue reading A Possible Take on Donald Trump and Our Seriously Putrid Underbelly
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been wondering what it is about the Islamic religion that justifies the actions taken against innocent civilians? Certainly people have been making war on each other for as long as we have been called Human … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Theology Matters, Especially ISIS Theology
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: One thing is abundantly clear as I read my newsfeed on social media and the 24-hour news cycle: Much of the world is in fear. When I think about fear in the Bible, I mostly recall angels … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Fear-based Lives and Health Care Disasters