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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

Perspectives

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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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. 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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Having sounded the warning of conservative takeover for years, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas counsels now, it’s time to pick up the pieces and actually live out of our calling to be in the image of God. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas grieves that the answer to “Does the UMC have a future” is “NO.” Read more

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Two people, or two faith communities, can look at the same thing, and perceive it completely differently. They can both be right—but only if they agree that the world is much larger than their unique perceptions of it, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. Read more

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association people, who now have gotten their hopes fulfilled by continued exclusion of the LGBTQIA community, will be delighted to make sure the African church stays fully funded, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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General Conference 2019 showed us that Methodism desperately needs a radical "do-over" if it is to survive into any kind of future, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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The name “Methodist” will be now forever linked with bigotry, intolerance, and rampant, inexcusable ignorance about human sexuality and the nature of the biblical witness, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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The vote: hypocrisy exposed. Other people’s sexual activities (as long as it involves gay sex) are wrong and merit condemnation, but I get to keep all my sexual sins without that same condemnation. Read more

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As General Conference heads toward consideration of the Traditional Plan, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas asks the question many share: If they kick out LGBTQI people, who will be next? Read more

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The delegates have spoken and the UMC has just died: gays are irredeemably bad, evil and unacceptable. Read more

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My sleepless, grieving night accompanies my fatigue and my frustration as I see yet another conservative takeover. They’ve done a great job taking pages from the Southern Baptist playbook. Read more

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The real craziness of the organizational day is just about to start. I’m going to sign off here and start a fresh post. Forgive me for the typos and run-on sentences. All written quickly. Hope we all survive the afternoon. Read more

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Yes, should the Holy Spirit fall here, no one will walk away unchanged. We’ll all recognize ourselves as hopelessly in need of grace, utterly thankful when it falls upon us, and devoid of judgment over the other, knowing we stand in the same space. Read more

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The words of Bishop Carter and his passionate call for unity ring in my mind. May they do so in the minds of these 864 people, whose hard work now awaits them. But I’m worried. Read more

The delegates have now been given the opportunity to move from prayer station to prayer station to continue in this exercise of world prayer. Read more

Thoughtful Pastor Observations Saturday Feb 23 2019

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Brokenness and surrender. These are the themes of the first morning at General Conference 2019, and a set of frightening triggers for those who have suffered much at the hands of an autocratic church that has opened few doors and limited its welcome. Read more

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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