Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In response to recent events in the world, particularly the bigotry and hate that have infected American politics, I have found myself quoting Scripture, rereading the parables of Jesus in the context of problems we face as … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Loss of Faith, Pantheist or Panentheist?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: If you believe it right and necessary for a woman to turn in her orders because she has violated part of her vows of ordination, how do you feel about an active clergy-person engaging in a mutually … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Sex and the Single Clergy and Human Sacrifices
Yesterday, I noted here on the blog that the “make America white again” presidential contender simply voices the national consciousness of dislike and fear of the female with his increasingly rabid anti-woman words, the latest being that women should be … Continue reading ‘Tis True: Evangelicals Really do Hate Women–Surely God Weeps
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 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?
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
[Note: because of the complexity of these questions, I’ve posted an expanded version below of what is slated to appear in the religion section of the Denton Record-Chronicle on Feb. 26, 2016.] Dear Readers, last week, The Thoughtful Pastor promised … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Finding a Church and Ted Cruz as Messiah
OK, the headline is a bit of a stretch. However, apparently the Pope did make a reference to problem of the Zika virus and the many babies being born with significant neurological defects. Here’s the quote from the CNN news … Continue reading Pope Says OK to Birth Control
Two questions today over similar issues: Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I read your article about neo Calvinism and the Acts 29 network. I have attended a few Acts 29 churches. I am frustrated with how things are, and I am … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Is Acts 29 a cult? Why do they marry so young?