I am currently cleaning up my blog archive. I wrote this in 2012. How little things have changed. Sigh. Two weeks, two National Conventions, and the airways spew impossible promises, nastiness, low blows and the usual mud-slinging. Yet both parties … Continue reading Ten Commandments for the Political Season
We passed a campaign sign for a local race that read “Protect Your Religious Liberties. Vote for . . . ” I turn to my husband and said, “As one who has sought to live as Christianly as possible all … Continue reading When Theology Drives a Presidential Race, It is Time to be Scared
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Is there or should there be a push for an inter-faith message transmitted via sophisticated communication media that counters the narrative ISIS is using to seduce young people? I don’t mean inter-faith get-togethers, which we already have, … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Why Can’t We Have an Ideology like ISIS?
It has been announced: The Donald isn’t going to show up for the January 28 Republican debate because he doesn’t like Megyn Kelly and her, “I’m going to keep you accountable for your sexist remarks” questions. Trump’s got money and … Continue reading “Trumpian” or Christian?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I’m torn between being reactive and being Christian and taking the ‘high road’. My predicament. Last night as I reviewed my Facebook News Feed, I saw a friend’s post and immediately felt compelled to post something nasty … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Facebook Fights and Prayers for the Dead
All our needs were met. Instructions were clear and signage was excellent. Gracious and competent attendants directed us through the gargantuan parking lot, waving us into a convenient spot. Greeters kindly showed us to waiting areas as the previous attendees … Continue reading You Choose: Was This a Worship Experience or Was It . . . ?
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An emergency physician’s beautifully written and agonizingly empathic account of “how we used to die” starkly contrasted with how most people die now in our death-defying, death-dealing military industrial medicopharmaceuticalized culture. I know you love me — now let me die Jan 16, 2016 by Louis Profeta, M.D. linkedin.com In the old days, she would be propped up on a comfy pillow, in fresh cleaned sheets under the corner window where she would in days gone past watch her children play. Soup would boil on the stove just in case she felt like a sip or two. Perhaps the… Continue reading How we used to die; how we die now
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: How does one trust this institution of marriage after a failed one? Oh, this is a short question heavy with layers of hurt, disappointment, sadness and often despair. I am genuinely sorry. Every culture essentially reinvents marriage. It’s … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Failed Marriages and Mental Illness
The repercussions are nightmarish. As we get more information about the December 31, 2015 attack by young male refugees on women in Cologne, Germany, the more disturbing the situation becomes. A short recap for those not familiar with the story: organized groups … Continue reading Muslim Refugees: You Need to Meet Us Half Way
She’s been living a lie and I’m deeply troubled about this even as others are cheering her on. I write of the Rev. Cynthia Meyer, a long time pastor, and her announcement to her church on Sunday, January 3, 2016. From this … Continue reading A Violation of Integrity: “Coming Out” as a Lesbian Clergyperson?