A Trip to the ER; A reckoning for the “anyone but Hillary” vs the “anyone but Donald” couple

This is a series of the ongoing saga of a newly married couple with radically different political views. Part one is here. Part two is here. Part three is here.  Friday morning, after a troubled night replaying in my mind the neo-dictator (Only I can fix this!) speech given by GOP nominee Donald, I rose only [Read More…]

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The terrible, awful, horrible things progressives have done

Chris Ladd, a life-long Republican, recently wrote about his decision to leave the GOP. A commenter offered a defence of true conservativism by listing the problems in US societal structure that progressives have brought upon us. I have been unable to contact the original author for permission to quote, but I’ve gone ahead and reposted [Read More…]

When an “anyone but Donald” is married to an “anyone but Hillary,” part three

This is a series of the ongoing saga of two people with radically different political views. Part one is here. Part two is here. For reasons of family peace and my mental health, we are not actually watching the Convention, but learn about what happened the next day. Things got a little heated this morning after [Read More…]

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Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: burning questions about cremation and interracial marriage

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been reading both sides of the argument and praying about it and I’m just a little stumped. Is cremation frowned up? The opposed side says it’s a desecration of God’s gift to us. We are God’s property and he should choose that. But I don’t see any specific evidence in [Read More…]

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The TP ticket, law and order and the UMC

Well, the UMC just consecrated its first lesbian Bishop–that one even made the New York Times! What, of course, also made the national news is the Trump/Pence ticket (which shall probably always be known to those who dislike Trump as the Toilet Paper ticket). And now we have even more policemen ambushed and ruthlessly murdered, leaving [Read More…]

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When an “anyone but Donald” is married to an “anyone but Hilary,” part two

Part one of the saga of two people with radically different political views can be found here. We are not talking much about politics these days. I look at the stuff slanted my way; he looks at the stuff slanted his way. But we’ve both got problems. Personally, I am horrified by what I have seen [Read More…]

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Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: How do I deal with my racist dad?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I love my parents very, very much. But I wish my dad would quit being so racist in front of my nieces. How do I tell them that what he is saying is junk without making them lose respect for him? It is not your job to ensure that your nieces maintain [Read More…]

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Did you pray and then walk away? You’ve done nothing.

Calls for prayer pop up immediately. Everybody’s “thoughts and prayers” are posted in public places. Churches open with prayer services advertised. Religious leaders offer statements to be read in worship. Legislative bodies routinely practice their mandatory moment of silence. Citizens gather in civic spaces for ecumenical prayer. During Sunday worship, many if not most churches [Read More…]

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An evening of joy; a morning of tragedy: will we ever wake up?

We’d had the most joyful of afternoons. After two interminable weeks in a non-weight bearing foot situation, my husband’s bandage was replaced with a walking cast. Delighted, we went to out to dinner and watched a funny movie before bed. We retired without bothering to check the news. Able to stay in bed lazily for [Read More…]

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Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Would you marry off your child this way?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: A lot of Christians insist that the best way for a homosexual to be reformed and “made whole” is in heterosexual marriage. Do you think any of these Christians would volunteer their heterosexual child (or grandchild) to live in a marriage to a gay person? Even knowing their beloved grandchild or child [Read More…]

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