Dear Thoughtful Pastor: We have several examples of the power of prayer and the direct influence it can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Yet you, in a previous column, would discourage people from … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: “Deliberately Diluting God’s Word” and First Class Women
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I am interested in your thoughts–or your take on God’s thoughts–about abortion. Many years ago I made the miserable and unhappy choice to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, and while my reasons were very good, I have never … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Abortion Pain and the Choice Between Heaven and Hell
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Because one objects to certain aspects of Scripture, how does or can one believe the whole word of God?’’ ~Non-objectionable Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible has been accepted as the inerrant Word of God for centuries. By … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible, the Whole Bible and Nothing But the Bible?
Battling the Systems Like just about everyone I know, I am in a constant battle with my body’s survival desire to put on weight. Vanity drives my battle. Cellular memory and human history drives my body. My body will ultimately win. … Continue reading Fighting the System: The Aging Body and the Aging UMC
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Do you believe in prayer? Does prayer work? If I pray for a friend with a disease and she dies anyway, did I just not pray hard enough? ~Disappointed Dear Disappointed: Three questions here. First question: … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Prayer and Lost Children
Last weekend, I and about 15 other women in my general age group spent the night at the home of an incredibly hospitable friend at her house on Lake Moss in North Texas. I had never met any of these … Continue reading The Power of Female Friendships
Dear Thoughtful Pastor, I consider myself a Christian and I am totally confused with some who seem to feel God commanded them to take on the world if the world does not see Christian values the way they do. Did … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Mean Christians and Lost Hope
Apparently we have a Muslim woman who has been suspended from her job as a flight attendant for refusing to serve alcohol to the passengers who ordered it. Her comment: “What this case comes down to is no one should … Continue reading Religious Restrictions and the Right to Work–and this is a rant!
A Year in Summary In the last year, I attended worship services in more than 50 different places. They ranged from a Spanish Roman Catholic service in Costa Rica, to a New York City Reform Jewish service sung primarily in … Continue reading The Year of Fifty Different Churches: Time to “Ask the Thoughtful Pastor”
One week I visited a Unitarian Universalist gathering. The next week I went to a Seventh Day Adventist church. The descriptions of the two churches are below the general comments. Further commentary may be found here. General Comments Similarities: both … Continue reading Mystery Worships: Unitarian Universalists and Seventh Day Adventists