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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Her own harrowing brush with suicide gives the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas some insights into how a person could fall so low as to take his or her life. more

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Two Deaths: One, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas' brother-in-law, gentle, surrounded by love; the other, The United Methodist Church, rapaciously violent, with blood running in the streets. more

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Paternalism, disguised as “godly male leadership” is another term for “male supremacy” and is no different from white supremacy. Both are distasteful in the eyes of God, asserts the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas more

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Starbucks has some things to teach us about inclusivity, but ultimately, like her plants, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas thinks The United Methodist Church must split to regain health and vitality. more

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Could The United Methodist Church avoid schism if it moves away from polarized positions and focuses instead on one thing on which all can agree? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas sympathizes with national religion reporter Peggy Wehmeyer on her feeling drawn to a "divorce" from American evangelicalism. more

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Produced by the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, the Nashville Statement attempts to define human sexuality, but ends up limiting God's powers of redemption, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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Holy week is about the forgiveness of betrayal, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Few of us face public execution; all of us will be wounded over and over again by the multiple betrayals we all endure more

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There is something profoundly wrong at the heart of The United Methodist Church, contends the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. And it is called the Evangelical Takeover. more

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What is it about evolving beliefs that make fellow believers want to cast the questioner into hell? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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God's revelation to a megachurch pastor results in both chaos and grace, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas of a forthcoming film on Netflix. more

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The Council of Bishops is trying to hold The United Methodist Church together despite its divergent opinions about Scripture and homosexual practice, but what if God's will is for the UMC to die in order to be reborn? more

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What would it look like to “put God back in schools?” asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas writes: "Here’s the truth about those who step up to complain of abuse: those who hold power seek to “disappear” them. I myself nearly did a permanent disappear. Until I decided to live." more

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Ultimately, all the greats say that self-mastery underlies any accomplishments or hope of a truly fulfilling life, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. We pay attention to the mundane to free us to tackle the more significant and complex problems. more

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The world needs brave women and men who will say "No!" to injustice, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas thinks The United Methodist Church needs some principled "barbarians" who don’t revere the slow process of making policies, and instead will tear down and rebuild the denomination in a new model. more

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Little things make the big things: what little things that make big things could we do in the big “do-over” time that we call the New Year? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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As the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas sees it, the hastily passed 2017 tax reform bill has serious implications for both church and society. more

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Mary's words reveals that the entrance of the Savior into the world is a subversive act on the part of God, initiating a social revolution against unjust rule, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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