Sermons Archive

April 2020

Hosanna! Save Us from Ourselves!

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020- Matthew 21:1-11- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - As a young pastor serving a church in a poor section of Little Rock, Arkansas, I joined a coalition of churches that successfully prevented X-rated movie houses and related industry from moving into an already depressed neighborhood. We were warned of… Continue reading Hosanna! Save Us from Ourselves!

March 2020

Those Dry Bones Will Walk

5th Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020- John 11:1-45, Ezekiel 37:1-14- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - I cannot read the story of Ezekiel raising skeletal bones to life, nor Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, without recalling the words to James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s song of spiritual jubilee called “Dem… Continue reading Those Dry Bones Will Walk

March 2020

Social and Godly Constructs

4th Sunday of Lent, March 22, 2020- 1st Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Every time I read this story of the blind man receiving sight at the hands of Jesus, I enter it in several ways. Sometimes it’s through the eyes of the Pharisees, steeped in a tradition that… Continue reading Social and Godly Constructs

March 2020

Unclean and Untouchables

3rd Sunday of Lent, March 15, 2020- John 4:5-42- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Sisters and Brothers in Christ, and fellow seekers, this is the first sermon you will read during this time of separation caused by the coronavirus. And during this time, we will do all we can in reaching out to… Continue reading Unclean and Untouchables

March 2020

Being Born Again

2nd Sunday of Lent, March 8, 2020- John 3:1-17- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Many of you know that my spiritual journey began very early when even as an elementary school child I questioned my dad, a very conservative Baptist minister, about the meaning of scripture passages. And this inquiry became more probing… Continue reading Being Born Again

March 2020

The Beloved Community and Disobedience

Midweek Lenten Service, March 5, 2020- Genesis 3:1-24- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Every action has a consequence. The Genesis story of humanity’s disobedience is less a story about whether humanity should know good from evil, but rather whether our notion of good and evil should compete or contend with God’s notion of… Continue reading The Beloved Community and Disobedience

March 2020

Knowing Your Satan

1st Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2020- Matthew 4:1-11, Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - I’ve met many transplanted Vermonters who say they moved to this state to get away from toxic working and living environments and start afresh, even at the sacrifice of lucrative careers. Yet in rural settings many… Continue reading Knowing Your Satan

February 2020

Transfigured on God’s Holy Mountain

7th Sunday after Epiphany, February 23, 2020- Exodus 24:12-18, Matthew 17:1-9- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Throughout the gospels we find numerous occasions where Jesus instructed his followers to tell no one about the miraculous events they experienced in his presence. One occasion seems comical where, after healing a man of his deafness… Continue reading Transfigured on God’s Holy Mountain

February 2020

The Food of Mature Faith

6th Sunday after Epiphany, February 16, 2020- Matthew 5:21-37, 1st Corinthians 3:1-9- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The Church in Corinth was one hot mess. It was a troubled and divided congregation fractured over issues of leadership, theology, gender, just to name a few. It was a congregation for which the Apostle Paul… Continue reading The Food of Mature Faith

February 2020

Peacemakers or Peacekeepers

4th Sunday after Epiphany, February 2, 2020- Matthew 5:1-12, 1st Corinthians 1:18-31- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - When the Apostle Paul said, “The message of the cross is foolishness for those who are perishing,” (1st Corinthians 1:18) he was referring to us and people like us, whose financial situation buffers us from the… Continue reading Peacemakers or Peacekeepers