Dear Thoughtful Pastor: What is a theocracy? Does our Constitution allow for a Christian theocracy?The Thoughtful Pastor: Democracy means “rule by the people” as “demos” means “the people.” Theocracy means...
BEIRUT — France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon’s top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: There is evil in the world, at many levels, from government and business, down to communities and ourselves. On encountering evil, what is our Christian responsibility, either as a church or individual?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Is white nationalism in any way compatible with Jesus’ Commandments?
WASHINGTON (TNS) — People of faith have been on the front lines of refugee resettlement for decades, and they are both furious and disheartened that President Donald Trump has halted the U.S. program. Instead of collecting housewares and making welcome signs, they are now bracing for a fight against a former ally: the U.S. government.
SALT LAKE CITY — In a nod to its increasingly global membership, the Mormon church said Monday it will bolster the organizational structure and appoint a leader for a worldwide online higher education program that has expanded to 50 countries since it started eight years ago at a church university in Idaho.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Is there a better, more Christian way to minimize terrorism threats in the long run from immigrants coming to the U.S. from Muslim-majority nations than to ban them outright until extreme vetting is completed?
WASHINGTON — Declaring that religious freedom is “under threat,” President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: One of my lectures was on innocent suffering and how that can occur in a world “governed” by an omniscient, omnipresent and all-good God. I covered about 30 answers, none of which appeared to be satisfactory.
TEL AVIV, Israel — Lily Ben-David gets emotional when she talks about her childhood in Sudan. She still dreams of her school, the courtyard, the balcony and frolicking on the banks of the Blue Nile, even though it has been more than 50 years since she saw any of it.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I am reading about Prometheus and the good stuff he did for humanity. Zeus does not punish Prometheus for his trickery but punishes humankind, the innocent bystanders instead.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Recently, I have encountered quite a few Christians who have told me that, after they were saved, living out their Christianity has been easy. “You just do the right thing,” they tell me.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: What is your view on the U.S. supporting Israel? The Thoughtful Pastor: I am often fascinated by what appears to be unqualified support given to the nation of Israel as though its leaders can make no mistakes or support destructive policies.
We have reached the end of 2016. It seems like many found this past 12-month period unusually difficult.
Every child born changes the entire world. Whether eagerly longed for or dreaded, male or female, impoverished or ultra-wealthy, every child changes the world.Whether loaded with physical and mental challenges or worry-free healthy, a musical prodigy or profoundly tone deaf, hair sunny-silky light or wildly curly/kinky dark, skin glorious ebony-rich or albino-like pale, every child changes the world.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In this season of giving, which is really an all-year affair, is it OK to love and help people, even to save their physical lives, without urging them to become Christians?
ZELIV MONASTERY, Czech Republic — Inside the 12th century Zeliv monastery, overlooked by crucifixes on stone walls, is modern machinery that a visitor might not expect to find: a brand new beer production line.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have often wondered how we should handle panhandlers? Mostly I feel like it’s my job to be generous and let God sort it out, but sometimes I feel like a schmuck when I give them cash. What would Jesus do?
LUBBOCK — A West Texas city is coming under scrutiny for a cross that sits in a public park. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation wrote Spur officials in July after a resident contacted the foundation to complain, staff attorney Sam Grover said Thursday. The cross on public land violates the Establishment Clause of the constitution’s First Amendment, he said.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: What is your feeling about gift giving at Christmas time? Have you found your feelings toward gift giving at Christmas have changed over the years?
VATICAN CITY — Saying nothing is beyond the reach of God’s mercy, Pope Francis told Catholics worldwide he is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of abortion — women and health workers alike — even while stressing that it is a grave sin in the eyes of the church to “end an innocent life.”
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you help me with the theological underpinnings of this? Do religious folks who object to abortion believe that unborn children are without sin? I thought Christians believed that all humans are conceived and born into sin. If not, why baptize infants?
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Advocates accused a Georgia lawmaker of targeting Muslim women with proposed changes to a 1951 state law passed to unmasked the Ku Klux Klan, creating a backlash that prompted the Republican legislator to quickly discard the idea.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I am a born-again Christian. I love the Lord with all of my heart and mind and soul and strength. I am divorced. Can I ever, without losing my salvation, marry again?