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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 4 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

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

Trust

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In her advice column, the Rev. Christy Thomas gives some pointers on how to respond to racist remarks from family and friends. more

Jul 14, 2016 2:33 PM Christy Thomas

Bronx boys

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After a week of horrific shootings, the Rev. Christy Thomas offers some hard, sobering facts about the realities of life in America for many people. more

Jul 12, 2016 8:02 AM Christy Thomas

Lady Justice

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning excessive abortion restrictions in Texas prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to examine the Church's outmoded doctrines on human sexuality and birth control. more

Jun 27, 2016 7:19 PM Christy Thomas 2 Comments

A now-infamous tweet of Scripture by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick draws biblical interpretation and social criticism from the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Jun 13, 2016 11:05 AM Practicing Faith 2 Comments

Collection plate

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An gone-viral article about the dire financial straits of most middle-class Americans prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to suggest ways for the church to respond. more

Apr 28, 2016 9:01 PM Finance and Administration

As someone who once was deeply a part of an "evangelical" church culture, the Rev. Christy Thomas finds the General Conference agenda of the Good News movement to be both troubling and threatening to The United Methodist Church. more

Apr 25, 2016 5:01 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

Now that it has quite preaching about hell, just what does the church have to offer people, wonders the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM Christy Thomas 1 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 4 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

Trust

Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

In her advice column, the Rev. Christy Thomas gives some pointers on how to respond to racist remarks from family and friends. more

Jul 14, 2016 2:33 PM Christy Thomas

Bronx boys

Photo by Americanspirit, Dreamstime.com

After a week of horrific shootings, the Rev. Christy Thomas offers some hard, sobering facts about the realities of life in America for many people. more

Jul 12, 2016 8:02 AM Christy Thomas

Lady Justice

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning excessive abortion restrictions in Texas prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to examine the Church's outmoded doctrines on human sexuality and birth control. more

Jun 27, 2016 7:19 PM Christy Thomas 2 Comments

A now-infamous tweet of Scripture by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick draws biblical interpretation and social criticism from the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Jun 13, 2016 11:05 AM Practicing Faith 2 Comments

Collection plate

Photo Courtesy of Christy Thomas

An gone-viral article about the dire financial straits of most middle-class Americans prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to suggest ways for the church to respond. more

Apr 28, 2016 9:01 PM Finance and Administration

As someone who once was deeply a part of an "evangelical" church culture, the Rev. Christy Thomas finds the General Conference agenda of the Good News movement to be both troubling and threatening to The United Methodist Church. more

Apr 25, 2016 5:01 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

Now that it has quite preaching about hell, just what does the church have to offer people, wonders the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments