10th Sunday After Pentecost, August 9, 2020- 1st Kings 19:9-18, Matthew 14:22-33- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The Prophet Elijah, in fear for his life, fled the wrath of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and wound up in a cave on Mount Horeb, where God confronted him with a question: “What are you… Continue reading What Are You Doing Here?
9th Sunday After Pentecost, August 2nd, 2020- Isaiah 55:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Not long ago, I was invited to the home of two former parishioners of a church I served. They are retired and spend half of the year in Florida and the other half at their home with… Continue reading Dinner!
7th Sunday After Pentecost, July 19, 2020- Roman 8:12-15, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Each of us, in some way, is motivated by spiritual aspirations you cannot fully comprehend. Allow me, therefore, to ask you a question of spiritual inquiry. “If there are individuals you know who regard themselves as… Continue reading Wheat and Weeds within Us
6th Sunday After Pentecost, July 12, 2020- Isaiah 55:10-13, Matthew 13:1-13- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The Parable of the Sower and the Seeds is sometimes hard to grasp because Jesus throws a lot of images at us all at once – sower, seeds, good and bad soil, weeds, rocks and thorns; and… Continue reading Holy Shit!
4th Sunday After Pentecost, June 28, 2020- Jeremiah 28:5-9, Matthew 10:40-42- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Sisters and Brothers in Christ, this is a unique and unprecedented time to be a Christian in the world today. So much is happening within our faith community and world, both personally and publicly, that demands our… Continue reading Bearing Bad Tidings of Great Joy
2nd Sunday After Pentecost, June 14, 2020- Matthew 9:35-10:23- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Why did Jesus tell his disciples not to minister among the Gentiles or Samaritans? Some biblical scholars like to think he was simply prioritizing the scope of his outreach, which would eventually include Gentiles and Samaritans, but would start… Continue reading Avoiding Gentiles and Samaritans
Pentecost, May 31, 2020- John 17:1-11, Acts 2:1-21- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - A retired friend called me not long ago and said, “I’m about to take a sabbatical away from my daily routine. Even in retirement,” he said, “though I’m doing things I prefer than when working nine to five, I still… Continue reading Your Link in the Cycle and Web of Creation
7th Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2020- John 17:1-11, Acts 1:6-14- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - On this last Sunday of Easter, known as Ascension Sunday, the Bible informs us that as Jesus was about to leave his disciples and ascend to heaven, they still expected him to deal with their immediate desire… Continue reading A New Deal: That They May All Be One
6th Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020 ~ Mother's Day- Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 27:9-10, John 14:15-21- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Throughout scripture we are encouraged to trust that God will faithfully abide with us as our protector and shield against all kinds of danger, and will never abandon us. Jesus tried to… Continue reading I Will Not Leave You Orphaned
5th Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020 ~ Mother's Day- John 14:1-14- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Have you ever been in a situation where the person who was speaking to you assumed you knew what he or she was talking about when, in fact, you hadn’t a clue? I admit, as a… Continue reading Clueless