Sixteen tons and deeper in debt: reflections on the DJT anointing

The theological/anointing/savior themes and subtext leaped from the radio to my ears. “I didn’t watch it. I’m still in disbelief about it all. Having a hard time accepting this.” So my hostess said after I arrived in Austin in preparation for the Women’s March on January 21. I didn’t watch either, but I listened. I [Read More…]

Why I will listen to DJT take the presidential oath of office

Can a man whose world revolves primarily, or even only, around himself and his need to be powerful make a decent and responsible President for the whole of the US? Friday, January 20, I head to Austin. I’ve explained the reasons why I chose to march there more fully here. I will be on the [Read More…]

Help! How come the innocents, not the perps, get hurt?

But one leader, totally absorbed in him or herself and the need to hold onto perks of leadership and prestige, can wreak havoc on the larger civilization. Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I am reading about Prometheus and the good stuff he did for humanity.  Zeus does not punish Prometheus for his trickery but punishes humankind, the [Read More…]

The conservative longing for a dictatorship

At our core, we want a “savior” who can fix things. In this case, it is likely our country has set upon a road to anarchy with its accompanied rise of a dictatorship.   Below is a reprint of an article written by a true-blue “I love America” person. It insults all liberals, calls Obama a Muslim and suggests that [Read More…]

The cruel month of January

I manage December, enter January, and each year, I think, “I did it!” I got through the slowly dying days. Soon the longer days of late winter and spring will appear. I can get my life from the sunshine, from working the dirt, from leisurely walks. One would think I would know by now that [Read More…]

Help! How can I do good for others when I’m such a rotten person?

It never worked. Ultimately, none escaped the “noonday demons” when the fullness of their darkness would be exposed yet once more. Dear Thoughtful Pastor, Recently, I have encountered quite a few Christians who have told me that, after they were saved, living out their Christianity has been “easy.” “You just do the right thing,” they [Read More…]

Why I am joining the women’s march

I will join the January 21, 2017, Women’s March on Austin, a part of the larger Women’s March on Washington. I march not to protest a Trump presidency, no matter how distasteful I may find it. Instead, I stand in support of those who are likely to be hurt by the policies that are expected [Read More…]

SILENCE: a must-see profoundly Christ-centered film

It all goes wrong for two idealistic young Portuguese priests in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant work, SILENCE. For silence is what they get from God, despite all their earnest prayers and pleadings for answers and hope. The two, Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) have heard that their mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), [Read More…]

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: what about Israel?

Israel is as capable of doing evil as any other nation Its laws and policies are set by humans, not God. Dear Thoughtful Pastor: What is your view on the US supporting Israel? I am often fascinated by what appears to be unqualified support given to the nation Israel as though its leaders can make [Read More…]

Church: take notice–people are leaving and not coming back

We all know the church ship is rapidly sinking. What fascinates me about the United Methodist Church is how little we seem to care. Instead, we wasted at least a generation and a massive amount of money with arguments over petty issues, and especially over petty issues that make us look like a bunch of [Read More…]