Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: how do I practice Sabbath today?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: You know how the Jews in the Bible were forbidden to work on the Sabbath? If I want to practice the Sabbath today, what is considered “work?” Would folding laundry be work? What about using appliances? An ongoing tragedy of religious understanding takes place when something that was intended as good and [Read More…]

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When I was a young, naive Christian, I thought . . .

When I was a young, naive Christian . . . I thought that Christian people fought for integrity and truth. And then I discovered US politics and that money given to “Christian” organizations buys silence and complicity with evil and immorality. I thought that God truly loved all the world. And then I discovered that [Read More…]

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: How can evangelicals claim moral authority by insisting on voting for Trump?

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been astonished at the Wayne Grudem support of Trump.  I am like some who believe part of hatred of Mrs. Clinton and support of Trump derives from the belief of inferiority of women and the “headship” of men which the right wing is so strong about. How can the religious [Read More…]

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

We have a 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter visiting for a while with her parents. Keep in mind that this blended couple claims eleven children and twelve grandchildren, so having relatives visiting is a frequent joy. This morning, the visiting toddler wanted to sit on my lap while I was reading the paper. I welcomed her and [Read More…]

A Biblical Case for Hitler

In a blatant act of plagiarism, I have lifted some words from an extraordinarily popular blog post which was written by an anonymous woman who sees herself as a highly educated, theologically conservative pastor’s wife. The blogger describes herself, before making her biblical case for Trump, as one who “CANNOT, however, allow myself ignore the principles laid out [Read More…]

The eternal quest for the evangelical thin

I remember how thin I became when one of my sons was very ill. At the time, I was one of the few female students at a large evangelical/fundamentalist seminary. We female students were constantly being stared at–so very different, so many challenges to the spoken/unspoken ethos of male superiority and spiritual leadership. As I [Read More…]

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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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