Collateral Beauty: a beautiful, compelling, life-affirming story

We’ve all heard of collateral damage–unintended bad consequences of actions meant for another purpose. Stories of collateral damage spill over with pain, questions, anger and “How could this happen?” But stories of collateral beauty? Of something wonderful coming from tragedy? One would not think so, but that’s the premise of the movie by the same [Read More…]

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Would Jesus give to panhandlers?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have often wondered how we should handle panhandlers?  Mostly I feel like it’s my job to be generous and let God sort it out but sometimes I feel like a schmuck when I give them cash. What would Jesus do? For starters, I would suggest you start viewing panhandlers in a [Read More…]

The State of Texas: disabled children to stay disabled

This article is  republished with permission from The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Texas moving forward with budget cuts for disabled kids’ therapy services Authors: Elena Mejia Lutz and Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune, originally published Nov. 28, [Read More…]

I am a dangerous woman: a fight against unbridled capitalism

I want to be a dangerous woman. I made that decision after reading this opinion piece recently published in the New  York Times. There, a philosophy professor, George Yancy of Emory University, speaks of having been placed on the Professor Watchlist. The Watchlist is the place where students apparently indoctrinated in uncritical conservative thought patterns [Read More…]

The truth about the future of the United Methodist Church

The truth about the future of the United Methodist Church? There is no future. It is as simple as that.  There is no future. I have been putting off writing this post for six months now, but it is time. I attended the 2016 General Conference as part of the United Methodist Reporter journalistic team. I [Read More…]

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: What would Jesus do with Trump voters?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I’ve noticed a lot of “vote shaming” posts in social media lately aimed at Trump voters. This does not seem to be a loving response to individuals. HOWEVER, there are consequences to actions, and the fate of our country is a serious concern for many of us. What would Jesus Do? A woman [Read More…]

We must resist the spread of WMSVD disease

As Trump Reminds Us, We’ve Had WMSVD Disease For Ages Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. A very long time ago, a Zika type virus escaped from the human laboratory. Like Zika it deforms the human brain. It assumes supremacy by human males over women and all other forms of life. Its most prominent manifestation is [Read More…]

Evangelicals, Trump and the Apostle Paul

It suddenly made sense to me. Evangelicals love Trump/Paul because it gives them an excuse to behave badly. I started reading Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist JERK? shortly after the Evangelicals elected as President of the US the unqualified, greedy, morally-compromised, power-hungry, sexually-predatory, non-stop liar, say-anything-to-anyone-to-get-votes including the wholesale embrace of [Read More…]

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: What about Christmas gifts?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Why is your feeling about gift-giving at Christmas time? Have you found that your feelings toward gift giving at Christmas has changed over the years? In my younger, more black and white days, days of fervency for Jesus and accuracy of the message, I had real problems with the intermingling of the [Read More…]

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Are unborn children without sin?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you help me with the theological underpinnings of this? Do religious folks who object to abortion believe that unborn children are without sin? I thought Christians believed that all humans are conceived and born into sin. If not, why baptize infants? Wow–that’s a question I have not thought about before. And [Read More…]