18th Sunday after Pentecost, October 13, 2019 - Kings 5:1-15, Luke 17:11-19 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Naaman was a great general in the Assyrian army that conquered the northern tribes of Israel and vanquished them to other parts the empire. Naaman’s conquest of Israel is said to have been caused by… Continue reading When God Shows Up, We Wake Up
Blessing of The Animals, October 5, 2019 - Genesis 1:20-25 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Note: On this occasion, Pastor Arnold was invited to conduct a Blessing Service for family pets at Calvary Episcopal Church in Jericho, Vermont. There’s nothing that will make a minister shorten a sermon faster than knowing that… Continue reading Lord, Make Me an Instrument of My Pets
16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 29, 2019 - Luke 16:19-31 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The story Jesus tells concerning a rich man and Lazarus comes at the end of a series of stories about wealthy people, including the story about a rich person who attends a banquet and sits in the… Continue reading A Great Chasm Between Us
15th Sunday after Pentecost, September 22, 2019 - Luke 16:1-13 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - In a speech he delivered on “honesty,” Mark Twain said, “When I was a boy I was walking along a street and spied a cart full of watermelons. I was fond of watermelons,” he said, “so I… Continue reading You Can’t Serve Two Masters
14th Sunday after Pentecost, September 15, 2019 - Luke 15:1-10 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The story is told of a mother who called her daughter, but her grandson, Jimmy, answered the phone whispering “Hello.” “Hi, Jimmy, this is grandma. Is your mom home?” Still whispering he replied, “Yes, but she’s very… Continue reading Keep Your Head Down and Go Unnoticed
13th Sunday after Pentecost, September 08, 2019 - Luke 14:25-33 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - I’ve always found it fascinating that the reference to the spirit or breath of God in Hebrew js feminine While God is often referred to in the masculine, it might be more accurate to reference God in… Continue reading What Is Your Calling?
12th Sunday after Pentecost, September 01, 2019 - Hebrews 13:1-8, Luke 14:1, 7-14 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - One of the first things that greets you when you log onto our website are these words. “Welcome home! Good Shepherd Lutheran Church believes that God’s love is freely given to all regardless of… Continue reading Your Place at the Table
11th Sunday after Pentecost, August 25, 2019 - Isaiah 58:9b-14, Luke 13:10-17 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Jesus did not start a new denomination. He started a movement to reform Judaism; a movement that would later be known as The Way, and then a denomination, separate of Judaism, known as Christianity. But… Continue reading The Way of Peace Incites Violence
10th Sunday after Pentecost, August 18, 2019 - Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - “His name was Lou Ferris, and he was the neighborhood bully who loved robbing kids of their lunch money,” Dad said with a grin, “and for whatever reason he loved bullying Michael out of his.”… Continue reading You’re Being Watched
9th Sunday after Pentecost, August 11, 2019 - Genesis 15:1-6, Luke 12:32-40 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Abraham is one of the three most intriguing characters of the Old Testament, the other two being Moses and Satan, the reason being that only these three have the audacity to challenge God’s assumptions and… Continue reading Do Something!