In Exodus, God hands down the Ten Commandments. The second commandment forbids any graven images. Later in the same book, God tells Moses how the tabernacle is to be built and decorated — and all those chapters seem to instruct … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Idolatry and Contrasting Points of View
Yesterday I posted a rant after I heard about yet another politician putting the words “Beautiful” in the same sentence as “Rape” by affirming that any baby resulting from rape is beautiful. Yes, any baby is beautiful. But . . . never, ever should “rape” and “beauty” be equated in such a way. Doing so essentially says to potential rapists: “Just make sure you get your victim pregnant–then we’ll call it beautiful and you’ll be off the hook.” One of the astute readers of my blog who identifies as “suburbohemian” sent me this list of questions that should be asked of … Continue reading More on Beautiful Rape Babies
West Virginia Republican Representative Kurkuba is quoted as saying: “while rape is awful, a child that results from a rape is beautiful.” His apology, as I understand it, was to “anyone who took my comments about the sanctity of human … Continue reading Time to Protest: Beautiful Rape Babies and other Fantasies of Our Male Elected Officials
The question appears again and again in church life and right now particularly with mainline denominations: should we just give up and split up? There is a way to divide and still thrive. Let’s pay attention to the lesson from … Continue reading The Crucial Difference Between Schism and Division: Lessons from the Garden
If every day were Christmas, we’d be miserable. We’d be stuffed, bored, broke and fractious. Irritations would win the day and gloom and unfulfilled expectations would slather everyone with despondency. Adults would desperately turn to TV, youth and teens to … Continue reading A Time to Feast and a Time to Fast: Ash Wednesday Approaches
A man sits in a house of worship, struggling with despair, staring at his useless hand. He couldn’t harness an ox, hold a plow, slaughter an animal, or build a shelter. Total ruin for his family loomed. He’d beg, but … Continue reading Standing Up to Oppression: Will We Pay the Cost?
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?