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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

Village Idiot Sign

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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

United Airlines Stock Drop

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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

Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands

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

muddy-hand.jpg

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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

Learning to live with less, and to thank God for the gift of life, are two reasons for the Sabbath, and part of why believers should seek to practice Sabbath today, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Aug 24, 2016 1:52 PM Practicing Faith

People Laughing

Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

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

Village Idiot Sign

Photo credit: zizzybaloobah via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC

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

Visual Hunt and Creative Commons

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

Courtesy of Christy Thomas

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

United Airlines Stock Drop

Source: MarketWatch

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

Courtesy of Christy Thomas

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

Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

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

a-mass-grave-inside-Bergen-Belsen-concentration-camp-e1485381167290.jpg

Courtesy of Christy Thomas

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

Christy Thomas Photo

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

Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands

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

muddy-hand.jpg

Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

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

Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

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

UMCom Photo

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

Learning to live with less, and to thank God for the gift of life, are two reasons for the Sabbath, and part of why believers should seek to practice Sabbath today, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Aug 24, 2016 1:52 PM Practicing Faith