[Note: I wrote a version of this post several years ago following some other natural disaster. After the horrific damage from the December 26 tornadoes in Dallas, I’m already seeing people set up collection centers for used clothing and toiletries. Not a … Continue reading Response to Dallas Storms: Don’t Send Shoes. Please.
Note from The Thoughtful Pastor: I wrote this last year, and thought it might be helpful advice again. My newspaper column runs on Christmas Day this year, so hold these thoughts until then–or until you need them! ‘Twas the day after … Continue reading Ask Thoughtful Pastor: “Twas the Day After Christmas”
Did you know that SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) funds cannot be used to purchase feminine hygiene products? Can you imagine what it would be like to be a girl or woman living in deep poverty and unable to take care … Continue reading Ask Thoughtful Pastor: “Does God Like Women?” How About a Tampon Drive?
The number one thing is, “Don’t send your used shoes.” Compassionate people plus tough and tragic situations equals a desire to do something, anything, to relieve suffering. So we ask, “how can I help?” There’s plenty of suffering to go … Continue reading 1000 Voices for Compassion: Don’t Send Shoes
“Around the globe, managing menstruation can be a debilitating, even deadly, problem – fueled by a combination of poverty, misinformation, stigma and superstition. One in ten girls in Africa misses school for the duration of her period each month. In … Continue reading Does God Like Women? How About a Tampon Drive?
‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house all the creatures were bloated, down to the last mouse. The boxes were scattered, empty and bare in hopes that the trash man soon would be there. The children were … Continue reading “Twas The Day After Christmas
An hour and 10 minute service, including high-sound Christmas music and a high-speed 40 minute sermon, left me a bit overwhelmed when I emerged from early worship at First Baptist Church, Denton this past Sunday morning. I had been greeted … Continue reading Denton Mystery Worship Ten: The Passive Performance, Baptist-Style
Yet One More FB Explosion For what seemed like the trillionth time, I watched another clergy Facebook conversation degenerate into frustration, name-calling, shut-off, and despair. The few political conversations I have participated on using the same medium have seen similar fates. Why? First, let’s look at Twitter. With a 140 character limit, it became a place to is to make a hard hit with few words and watch the fallout. One-liners rule the day. And one-liners have no space for nuance, for shades of gray, for real dialogue that might lead to mutual understanding. With FB conversations, those brief one-liners … Continue reading Why FaceBook And Robert’s Rules of Order Make Holy Conferencing Impossible: An Alternative Approach
The number one thing is, “Don’t send your used shoes.” Compassionate people plus tough and tragic situations equals a desire to do something, anything, to relieve suffering. So we ask, “how can I help?” There’s plenty of suffering to go around. From mass near starvation of Syrian refugees to still-unmeasured destruction and death in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan to the average, everyday angst that afflicts most everyone–well, we’re just not going to run out of instances that birth the impulse to help. Where to start? Don’t send used shoes. Really. Don’t do this. It makes things worse. One veteran … Continue reading Don’t Send Shoes
I mentioned in my message this past Sunday that all of us engage in a corrupt world. Our job is not to separate ourselves from it, but to bring light and grace to it. It takes a great deal of wisdom to learn how to do this without corrupting our own souls. While many have tried to create utopian communities where corruption will be unwelcome and people can live in harmony and peace, such communities ALWAYS fall apart. That, like it or not, is the human existence. All my life, I’ve been drawn to organizations that seek to enhance the … Continue reading Charities, Corruption, and Wisdom