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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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Order vs. Chaos

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Liberals need conservatives; otherwise, things fall apart. Conservatives need liberals; otherwise, things get stuck, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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There's a lot in common between the vulgarly hilarious musical "Book of Mormon" and the Wesleyan Covenant Association's attitude toward LGBTQI people, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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The thing about being healed is that we must then accept responsibility for our own lives, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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With the helpful image of her "stabilized" bicycle, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas finds a metaphor for how the UMC might move beyond its fear on human sexuality. Read more

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An impending split in the Eastern Orthodox Church presages the fight at the coming special called General Conference, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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Christians are called to the spiritual disciplines outlined in Scripture, starting with love and ending with self-control, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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On the way home from her trek up the Amazon River, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas has time for reflection as a howler monkey guards her from its more aggressive cousins on Devil's Island. Read more

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Suffering from a bout of travel sickness, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas recognizes that the UMC faces a painful choice about its future: adapt, or die. Read more

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Do we need God when all our “needs” are met? Do we need God when we no longer operate out of an economy of scarcity or of a need to appeal an all-powerful deity to stay alive? wonders the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas as she continues up the Amazon River. Read more

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Continuing her journey up the Amazon River, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas ponders how past missionary efforts and current civilizations are affecting the natural world. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas embarks on an epic cruise up the Amazon River that has her pondering the global impact of Christianity and the region's future. Read more

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In her annual advice column, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas counsels how to survive the hectic holiday season with body and soul intact. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas sees the "Traditional Plan" as a classic "mean girl manifesto, like 'If you don’t follow MY rules, I will kick you out of the group.'” But she fears it will triumph at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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There is a way to find peace, vitality, and unity in mission in the UMC by recognizing that many viewpoints offer truth. But such admittance is anathema to some, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas examines what makes The United Methodist Church so vulnerable to its own dysfunction as an organization, and what that bodes for its future. Read more

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Agonized over the false Christianity behind the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas will no longer wear a cross. Read more

The stench of greed permeates every church or religious organization that ventures into the world of politics. This, above all, is why church and state must, absolutely must, disconnect, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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On behalf of other abused women, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas chooses now to disclose how she was raped by her date at age 19. Read more

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So what does the Bible have to do with putting sexual predators in office? Everything, says the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas, because biblical teachings have perpetuated an unjust system in which only men have power. Read more

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The politics of the Holy Bible, especially the New Testament, emphasizes caring for society's vulnerable in ways that today's "evangelicals" appear to have rejected, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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