Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Justice Issues and Heaven for Pets

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: How can “the church” as an institution address or correct social/economic injustices based on race both within the church and in society? How can the church itself restructure to ensure “power sharing” among people of different ethnic … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Justice Issues and Heaven for Pets

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Forced Rehab and Misplaced Forgiveness

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Is it possible to force a person into rehab? My mom confronted my sister about her drug problem again. Of course my sister continues to deny it even though we all know she is lying. She has … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Forced Rehab and Misplaced Forgiveness

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Christmas Coffee Cups and Protestant Splinters

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: “There are obviously bigger issues for Christians than whether or not Starbucks celebrates Christmas in any shape or form.  Why are so many so upset, what is it that they are really asking for?” I’m going on … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Christmas Coffee Cups and Protestant Splinters

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Persecution of Jews and Description of Heaven

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Why don’t people like the Jews? Certainly in recent history (say the last 1,500 years) they have been persecuted more than any other group from what I can recall. Could it be the Jews set themselves up … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Persecution of Jews and Description of Heaven

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Prosperity Gospel and The Consumer-Driven Church

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: My family and I have broken free from a Prosperity Gospel Church.I’m curious why so many people: A) Don’t see Prosperity Gospel for what it is, a money making business?  B) How society or media is not … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Prosperity Gospel and The Consumer-Driven Church

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Atonement and Salvation

Two similar questions for the Thoughtful Pastor today from theologically deep thinkers. Dear Thoughtful Pastor: “What was the saving work that was accomplished on the cross?  The Penal Substitutionary model seems inconsistent with my understanding of a loving God, as … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Atonement and Salvation

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Clergy Appreciation Month and Reluctant Communicant

  Dear Thoughtful Pastor: As a pastor, I have come to dread “Pastor Appreciation Month,” because it quickly becomes “Pastor EVALUATION Month,” where people express their resentments. I’ve spent three decades doing this work that has swallowed me whole and … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Clergy Appreciation Month and Reluctant Communicant

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: “Deliberately Diluting God’s Word” and First Class Women

  Dear Thoughtful Pastor: We have several examples of the power of prayer and the direct influence it can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Yet you, in a previous column, would discourage people from … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: “Deliberately Diluting God’s Word” and First Class Women

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Abortion Pain and the Choice Between Heaven and Hell

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

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible, the Whole Bible and Nothing But the Bible?

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?