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!
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
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
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
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
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