Help! The refugee crisis: What’s the Christian way to reduce terrorism?

Should the government move to restrict egress based on nothing but “what might happen,” especially refugees seeking asylum are fleeing home-grown wars, then there is only one proper Christian response: “Bring them to me. I will care for them.” Dear Thoughtful Pastor: “Is there a better, more Christian way to minimize terrorism threats in the [Read More…]

“The Christians”–both the play and the reality

The vote supports Pastor Paul, but it doesn’t take long for Pastor Joshua’s new church, affirming the reality of hell, to drain the mother congregation. I saw The Christians on Sunday. Lucas Hnath wrote this play about Pastor Paul, a man who had skillfully grown his church from a tiny storefront to a huge megachurch, [Read More…]

The year everything broke

All of us live in the tensions between creation and re-creation. Nothing is stasis or particularly stable or immune from breaking. Last night, the dishwasher broke. (The repair service showed up promptly, fixed the problem but indicated that the fix is only temporary–we will be needing to replace it soon). Before that: The new coffee grinder [Read More…]

Help! Does an all-powerful God cause the innocent to suffer?

The easy answers like “It’ll all turn out OK in the end. If it is not OK, it’s not the end” nearly make me sick to my stomach. What does that say to those who are suffering horrifically in this very moment? Dear Thoughtful Pastor: One of my lectures was on innocent suffering and how [Read More…]

My name is “Christy” and I DID march

My name is Christy. And I did march. That other “Christy” gets to stay home because countless other “Christy’s” have been speaking up for women for centuries.  Apparently, a woman named “Christy” posted on Facebook her reasons for not participating or supporting one of the Women’s Marches on January 21. The full text of her [Read More…]

Musings on the march: DJT, the people speak

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you [Read More…]

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…]