June 2020

Avoiding Gentiles and Samaritans

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

May 2020

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned

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

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

November 2019

Seeing God Beyond the Borders, in the Flesh

22nd Sunday after Pentecost, November 10, 2019, 2019 - Job 19:23-27a, Luke 20:27-38 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Those familiar with the Book of Job, and the distressing story it conveys to people of faith confronting faith-challenging situations, are equally familiar with the words he voices in his cry for justice: “I… Continue reading Seeing God Beyond the Borders, in the Flesh

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

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