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Silence Novel

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A questioner and the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas struggle together over what prayer is and what good it does when God seems silent. more

May 23, 2017 2:47 PM Christy Thomas

People Laughing

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We miss a lot of the humor in Jesus' stories because they lose something in translation, but the comic aspects of life and faith are still in the Bible to be enjoyed, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

May 18, 2017 3:34 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

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President Trump's latest missteps offer believers a wedge into public life for influencing and teaching ethics and morals, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

May 16, 2017 9:16 AM Perspectives

When non-dominant traits show up in human community, it just might be God saying, "pay attention," writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

May 15, 2017 4:52 PM Christy Thomas

It's time to de-clutter The United Methodist Church from outworn attitudes about the Holy Bible, the Book of Discipline and the focus on sexual practice, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

May 8, 2017 2:49 PM Christy Thomas 4 Comments

Broken Windshield

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A church based on a theology of grace operates with the same nastiness of our current political discourse, so it's time to let it break apart, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Apr 24, 2017 5:12 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

Fed Up

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A presidential order to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood is an assault on poor women, not a defense of life, and it's time that Christians stand up to the ongoing attacks on vulnerable Americans, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Apr 18, 2017 4:28 PM Christy Thomas

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Like travelers who now avoid United Airlines, those who long for God and God’s goodness will go to any other church, uninterested in a “United” Methodist Church with no evidence of real unity, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Apr 13, 2017 12:00 PM Christy Thomas 4 Comments

Unpleasant Truth

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The movie "Silence" stops in its tracks the lies that good humans won’t suffer, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. It strips away any surety that our right actions and beliefs will bring the results we want. more

Mar 28, 2017 9:03 AM Christy Thomas

The current U.S. administration can be redeemed, says the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas, but only if the people demand an end to the president's lies. more

Mar 22, 2017 8:01 PM Christy Thomas

Healing Meme

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Can we see God at work through skilled human effort, even when the means is different from that which Jesus used? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Mar 22, 2017 1:19 PM Christy Thomas

The Rev. Christy Thomas lays out the basics of how health insurance works, and then offers some concrete suggestions for how churches can help America become a healthier place. more

Mar 16, 2017 4:04 PM Christy Thomas

Woman Holding Head

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Evil is often disguised in a subtle call to comfort, to security, to safety. It will involve only the smallest of compromises, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Feb 16, 2017 3:59 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

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There's only one legitimate Christian response to refugees fleeing violence and persecution, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Jan 31, 2017 3:41 PM Christy Thomas

Worn Walkers

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The Rev. Christy Thomas looks to find the health and soul of that number-one New Year's resolution: getting fit and losing weight. more

Jan 3, 2017 1:48 PM Christy Thomas

Van Gogh Good Samaritan

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The Rev. Christy Thomas, AKA The Thoughtful Pastor, poses a challenging parable to Christians about responding to those who voted for Donald Trump as president. more

Dec 1, 2016 2:42 PM Christy Thomas 5 Comments

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Its drive to achieve doctrinal purity -- whether from right or left -- will destroy The United Methodist Church unless it can recover the virtue of messy hospitality, predicts the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Sep 26, 2016 3:14 PM Christy Thomas 8 Comments

Man Breaking Chains

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A reader's plea prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas, AKA The Thoughtful Pastor, to tell her journey from a straightjacket religious culture to a more generous understanding of scripture and a deeper faith. more

Sep 21, 2016 2:58 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

Her "view from the pew" prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to give up some volunteer activities while she continues to explore what it's like merely to be, rather than to do so much as both women and clergywomen are wont. more

Sep 13, 2016 3:31 PM Christy Thomas

U.S. Jurisdictions

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The Rev. Christy Thomas, AKA Thoughtful Pastor, explains the arcane world of United Methodist governance and how an openly lesbian pastor was elected a bishop of the church. more

Aug 31, 2016 1:44 PM Christy Thomas

Evangelical Christianity's patriarchal culture so demeans and demoralizes women that they have no problem voting for a man whose sexual predations are outrageous and offensive, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Dec 13, 2017 1:09 PM Christy Thomas

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Now is the time for all religions in the United States to lift up their common values that can change morally corrupt lives: Love God and love our neighbors as ourselves, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Dec 7, 2017 3:44 PM 1 Comments

The marriage of religion and politics, long in the making, has possibly corrupted beyond redemption the most visible faces of American Christianity, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Dec 5, 2017 1:06 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

The annual Santa/God confusion is at its worst when it turns a holy God into a punitive, spooky, nosy predator, cruelly punishing anyone who gets out of line, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Dec 4, 2017 12:57 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

Sex and money: the major players in any corrupt decision-making process, and sadly, Christians have made the current situation possible, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Nov 28, 2017 10:51 AM Christy Thomas

Thanksgiving Bible

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Eat, pray and shop. Open your homes AND prepare your hearts, says the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Nov 16, 2017 11:39 AM Christy Thomas

Firehose

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American Evangelical culture has long silenced the voices of women, making it possible to equivocate Roy Moore's alleged abuse of teen-age girls with biblical references – but not for much longer, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Nov 10, 2017 10:38 AM Christy Thomas

The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas thinks the UMC owes an apology to the LGBTQ people its anti-gay policies have harmed over the past 45 years. Otherwise, she says we're "writing off the next generation of Jesus followers." more

Nov 4, 2017 8:06 AM Christy Thomas 4 Comments

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When it comes to social media, Twitter's speed and brevity are more disruptive to church attendance than the slower pace of Facebook, responds The Thoughtful Pastor. more

Oct 11, 2017 9:38 AM Christy Thomas

We can't escape responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting massacre because we create the toxic environments in which shooters like Stephen Paddock can develop, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Oct 5, 2017 4:33 PM Christy Thomas

Girl Reads Bible

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Never forget, parents and caregivers set the model for how people will perceive God later in life, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Abused children face big obstacles to gain an understanding of the goodness of God. more

Sep 19, 2017 1:06 PM Christy Thomas 2 Comments

Paint Pots

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Many believers prefer a simple duality with strong authoritarian figures, such as those who wrote the "Nashville Statement," but Jesus taught us that God doesn't work that way, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Aug 31, 2017 3:47 PM Christy Thomas 2 Comments

The situation around British baby Charlie Gard reminds us that as much as life and death hurt, we make it ever so much worse by denying that death is not inevitable, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. It is. For all of us. more

Jul 24, 2017 1:33 PM Christy Thomas

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas says she's a "hearty skeptic" of such things as Holy Relics, but a recent visit to a sacred artifact in Bruges, Belgium, prompts her to look at their shared liturgy in a new way. more

Jul 12, 2017 8:20 AM Christy Thomas

Bible Open to Psalms

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas responds to an inquirer who asks whether any part of the Bible can be taken as literal truth. more

Jul 6, 2017 3:10 PM Christy Thomas 4 Comments

Girl Reads Bible

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What would have happened if the story of Adam and the serpent had a different ending? What if Adam had said a solid “no” to evil? The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas responds to a child's questions about Christian faith. more

Jun 23, 2017 2:52 PM Christy Thomas

Magnifying Glass

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Jesus broke the rules of the holiness code, rendering himself ritually unclean, with great regularity, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Instead of following Jesus, we want a cheap holiness code. more

Jun 5, 2017 4:14 PM Christy Thomas 3 Comments

Girl Reads Bible

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Her grand-daughter's questions prompt the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas to ponder: How do we help our children escape those theological shallows and teach and model the reality of God? more

May 31, 2017 3:49 PM Christy Thomas

Silence Novel

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A questioner and the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas struggle together over what prayer is and what good it does when God seems silent. more

May 23, 2017 2:47 PM Christy Thomas

People Laughing

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We miss a lot of the humor in Jesus' stories because they lose something in translation, but the comic aspects of life and faith are still in the Bible to be enjoyed, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

May 18, 2017 3:34 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments