August 2019

You’re Being Watched

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

August 2019

Do Something!

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!

August 2019

Your Net Worth and Godly Worth

8th Sunday after Pentecost, August 4, 2019 - Luke 12:13-21 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - How much are you worth? That’s a strange question to ask in a church, yet one that needs to be asked nonetheless because we live and work in a world where our worth as human beings is… Continue reading Your Net Worth and Godly Worth

July 2019

Prayer Is Not about You

7th Sunday after Pentecost, July 28, 2019 - Luke 11:1-13 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - How would you feel if someone unexpectedly and on the spur of the moment asked you to lead a group or congregation in prayer? I remember when that happened to me for the first time, I closed… Continue reading Prayer Is Not about You

July 2019

Mutually Exclusive Notions of Truth

5th Sunday after Pentecost - July 14, 2019 - Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Luke 10:25-37 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Jews and Samaritans were a people divided by a mutual hatred of one another embodied in cultural, religious and racial animosity. According to the Bible, Moses led his people from persecution and enslavement in… Continue reading Mutually Exclusive Notions of Truth

June 2019

Marching as to War

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - June 30, 2019 - 1st Kings 19:15-16, 19-21, Luke 9:51-62 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - On this Sunday before July 4th, we naturally think of and sing songs associated with this special day, such as The Star-Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle, and God Bless America. You may therefore… Continue reading Marching as to War

June 2019

Faith Is the Evidence of Things Unseen

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - June 23, 2019 - Isaiah 65:1-9, Luke 8:26-39, Hebrews 11:1 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Many of you have probably read the Pulitzer prize-winning book by Sylvia Nasar, or seen the Academy award-winning movie based on her book by the same name, A Beautiful Mind, about Nobel… Continue reading Faith Is the Evidence of Things Unseen

June 2019

God’s Wisdom and Word

1st Sunday after Pentecost - June 16, 2019 - Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, John 16:12-15 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - It is interesting to note that in the Book of Proverbs Wisdom is personified as a woman who, as part of an inseparable marriage, is the first of God’s creation (8:22), which makes… Continue reading God’s Wisdom and Word

June 2019

I Will Pour Out My Spirit on All Flesh

Pentecost, Sunday, June 9, 2019 - Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The story about the building of the tower of Babel, where God confused the language of those who arrogantly sought equality with God, and the story of Pentecost, when God enabled the good news of the resurrection… Continue reading I Will Pour Out My Spirit on All Flesh

June 2019

When Profit Becomes Profane

7th Sunday of Easter - June 2, 2019 - Acts 16:16-34 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - We must acknowledge that Paul’s reason for freeing the enslaved girl of her demon was not that he had compassion for her affliction, but rather that her constant harassment of him finally reached the point where… Continue reading When Profit Becomes Profane