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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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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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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. more

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Values of morality, truth and kindness matter because they form the kind of human society in which differences can be celebrated and all are trusted, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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Biblical literalists hold to their beliefs by unilaterally declaring that anyone who does not believe the Bible's literal truth is wrongly deceived by the evidence in front of them, explains the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas to a questioner. more

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By "meddling in people's private lives," the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec, Canada has been rejected by its former members in a cautionary tale for churches everywhere, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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The Rev. Christy Thomas writes that she sympathizes with church-departing millennials, who "having grown up in a multicultural and gender-fluid world, are leaving the church: they see it as a hateful and ignorant place." more

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Awaiting the outcome of her husband's heart surgery, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas reflects on how she and her family enjoy life stability that the United States is denying to immigrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. 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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