President Trump’s Religious Advisory Council Stands Firmly With Him

Correction: I included James McDonald as a member of this Advisory Council. I was wrong: he resigned in 2016. I apologize to him for including him in this list. Business leaders know that Trump’s support for neo-nazis and white supremacists has no moral foundation. They’ve jumped ship. Unfortunately, the members of his religious advisory council apparently have no problems with outright racism. Here’s the list of those appointed to the Religious Advisory Council. These are the religious leaders who supported Trump’s election… Read more

I swim in white privilege and there is no excuse for racism

I am a recipient of white privilege. I know it. Frankly, I’m more than a recipient of white privilege. In truth, I bathe in its waters. I breathe its familiar odors. It is so normal that unless I am careful, I can remain utterly unaware of how easy my white skin makes my life. I choose to hold every door I possibly can for someone else, especially if that someone else is a black man. It’s the right thing for… Read more

The President Panders to His Alt-right Base

Let us speak the truth: our POTUS supports the alt-right and the most racist elements of US society. The article below summarizes my thoughts on the situation more than adequately.Donald Trump ran on a racist platform and dare not lose this part of his base electorate. Our national tragedy with him as the president continues to unfold. Trump’s Big Charlottesville Violence Statement Fail It has almost become a cliche now and punchline on Twitter: every time President Donald Trump gives… Read more

To save a world: Al Gore and global warming

But no matter what we do to slow the process–and we need to do all possible–we may have to assume the earth is undergoing a move toward warmer temperatures. It was a religious revival, with Al Gore taking the role the prophet/high priest. Gore’s sincere passion for moving to renewable energy sources for the sake of the planet informs every moment of the documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Gore’s deep disdain for President Trump, along with his deep admiration… Read more

Has God cursed my family for generations?

But it is a curse, and thus ordained by God. Or is it part of a troubling family pattern, one you can change? Dear Thoughtful Pastor: My great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother all lost a child in childbirth.  I lost my first daughter when my grandmother took her from me and put her up for adoption.  I later learned that this daughter lost three children, with one of them dying. I am wondering if you think there is such… Read more

Are there any adults in the room?

The child has taken over. Right now, it appears the only adult in the room is the new Chief of Staff. I wonder how long he will last. Unless you have buried your head in the sand and intentionally clogged your eyes and ears, you know that the POTUS has brought on John F. Kelly as his new Chief of Staff. Kelly, a Marine and former Commanding General, has been part of Trump’s Cabinet as the Homeland Security Director. His bio paints… Read more

When Is It Time to Die? The Charlie Gard Situation

Life always hurts. Death always saddens. But we make it ever so much worse by denying that death is not inevitable. It is. For all of us. Charlie Gard’s parents have decided to give up the fight. I ache for them in every cell in my body. Charlie, as most know, was born unable to either see or hear, cannot move or even breathe on his own. Seizures have left him with profound brain damage. Once disconnected from the ventilator,… Read more

What the UMC can learn from the GOP health care debacle

The GOP just doesn’t care about health care and the well-being of millions. And the so-called “orthodox” portion of the UMC doesn’t care about anything but getting their way. As for what is Jesus-like about that, I am unable to say. It’s over now. The Senate Republicans, hopelessly divided, can no longer dream of passing their version of a health care (or death care as many term it) bill. They have two options before them. The first is to reach… Read more

Musings on Texas Bathroom Bills: The Universal Need to Urinate and Defecate

May those who think they are doing good and being “biblical” by supporting these unimaginably cruel Texas Bathroom Bills take the time to reconsider and repent in the name of our shared humanity. Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Texas Legislature is considering regulating who uses what restroom. Lawyers and law enforcement say this is a non-issue because any threat to safety—such as assault and voyeurism—is already illegal. Teachers say the only privacy at risk is the transgender child’s whose already marginalized identity… Read more

Putin, Russia, U.S. Sanctions, Adoptions, and Trump

Russia’s main hope for economic survival is the release from US sanctions. “Adoptions” is code for “lift the sanctions.” We recently took a Baltic Sea cruise that included several days in St. Petersburg, Russia. In between the glittering highlights of that fascinating city, we caught the glimpses of what life is like for people who live in Russia. Several were astoundingly open with us about their lives and about how they feel about Putin and about Trump. Here’s a summary:… Read more

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