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?
A federal appeals court has ruled that Bloomfield’s Ten Commandments monument violates the U.S. Constitution, but a lawyer for the northwestern New Mexico city says it may appeal the ruling.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: When you were in Europe recently, did you learn anything while seeing historic Christianity that would give you insight as to how it affects your understanding of the way Christianity is practiced in the U.S. today?
WASHINGTON (TNS) — Daniel Myers is holding out hope that Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump gets indicted before Election Day. It’s the only way he’ll be able to make a decision before stepping into the voting booth next Tuesday.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Religion has a very unifying effect on its followers. Is it even possible to separate religion and politics (that govern our everyday lives)?
JERUSALEM — In the innermost chamber of the site said to be the tomb of Jesus, a restoration team has peeled away a marble layer for the first time in centuries in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus’ body was laid.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible says to turn the other cheek when I am affronted. How do such words apply in a world full of radicalism, threats, rampant murders, bigotry and hate?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I’ve been married nearly 16 years. My husband is a great guy in so many ways, but this last six months have become difficult. He has always been passive aggressive, but I can feel it getting worse.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has denounced the forced repatriation of unaccompanied children migrants who flee wars and poverty, saying countries should try to meet their needs rather than return them to uncertain futures back home.