These responses may be the breaking point for me. A church based on a theology of grace operates with the same nastiness of our current political discourse. I had planned a gentle, thoughtful post here. I have, after all, billed myself as the Thoughtful Pastor, although some certainly question the appropriateness of my claim. My proposed [Read More…]
A church based on a theology of grace operates with the same nastiness of our current political discourse, so it’s time to let it break apart, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas.
Today: a possible victory for women subjected to sexist practices partnered with the long-running “Christian” and unquestionably sexist practice of keeping women’s voices subjugated. In the New York Times April 19, 2017, edition, the major editorial title reads, “Is Your Pastor Sexist?” It’s a piece about the extremely famous NYC pastor, Tim Keller, an excellent [Read More…]
Did Jesus finish the work of defeating evil or did he not finish the work and therefore we must go to battles and wars for him? Dear Thoughtful Pastor: There is a hymn called “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.” It speaks of Christians as soldiers of the cross, marching as to war against what [Read More…]
A presidential order to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood is an assault on poor women, not a defense of life, and it’s time that Christians stand up to the ongoing attacks on vulnerable Americans, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas.
An open letter to the 45th President of the United States about his income tax situation. I will put this in the US mail to him. Anyone is free to use or modify my words to do the same. President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…
When women finally say, “I’m not going to let these guys continue to ruin my life and the lives of my children,” stuff happens. These women were fed up. Desperately poor families would see their husband/father drink most of his income, leaving them even worse shape. The women lobbied. They got their candidate elected. They [Read More…]
As we repeatedly mend the curtain, as we reinforce the barrier with each stitch, we work to make sure the darkness stays. Everyone has heard that, at the moment of Jesus’ crucifixion, darkness came over the whole land. But few seem to know or understand what follows, “At that moment [the moment of Jesus’ death [Read More…]
Like travelers who now avoid United Airlines, those who long for God and God’s goodness will go to any other church, uninterested in a “United” Methodist Church with no evidence of real unity, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas.
However, large religious institutions, especially those with massive expenses and infrastructures, manipulated the tithe as a way to essentially extort money from less biblically literate members. Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In the past, I have tithed money into various ministries that I enjoyed listening to on TV. As I do not enjoy attending church, I have [Read More…]