How can conservative Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin support and show respect to their gay family members, coworkers, and friends in ways that will not compromise their personal faith? The adage, “love the sinner, hate the sin,” … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Hate the Sin of Homosexuality or Assume Truth?
I suppose it is a silly question: here in the US, we do tend to the avoirdupois body-styles. But still, it is January 4, and I feel like I’m drowning in lose-weight-now TV/Internet/print media. The pleas to support the multi-billion/lie-ridden … Continue reading Why Do We all Have to Lose Weight? New Year’s Rant Time
The “do-over” represents one of the greatest longings of the human heart. Who hasn’t messed up? Who doesn’t want a fresh start, a way to forget the past and see a new, shiny, unmarred future in front of us? That’s … Continue reading New Year, New Mercies
What might it be like to have the status of the most despised person in the US? Right now, that position belongs to Ethan Couch, with the secondary position going to his enabling mother, Tonya. Everyone knows the story by … Continue reading The Most Despised Person in the US
What motivates people to show up after disasters to do the rubber-necking thing? I call them “disaster tourists” because they cause huge congestion and keep the trained workers from doing what must be done. Why do we love action movies … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Disaster Tourists and Changing the Paths of Tornadoes
[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”
I was in conversation last night with a good friend about the nature of discipleship. She’s been placed in charge of discipleship for her large church, a United Methodist congregation. We chatted about the history of discipleship plans there. Mostly … Continue reading Good Church Members or Disruptive Disciples?
I watched part of the Republican debate last night (Dec. 15). I chose to listen with a more generous spirit than I have to date. Each candidate genuinely believes that he/she is uniquely suited to be President of the US, … Continue reading Shall We Do Evil So That Good Will Come?
This time of year has always been tough for me, and Christmas is anything but a favorite holiday. In my growing up years, it was a time of growing tension yearly between my mom and dad. I, as the ultra-sensitive, … Continue reading December Sadness and the Timing of Christmas