November 2020

Why Do We Do This?

25th Sunday After Pentecost, November 22, 2020- Luke 23:33-43- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Why do we do this? We follow a lesson plan of biblical readings subscribed by the World Council of Churches that repeats itself every three years. And the hope is that congregations will become familiar with some of the… Continue reading Why Do We Do This?

October 2020

Sour Grapes from Hell’s Vineyard

18th Sunday After Pentecost, October 4, 2020- Isaiah 5:1-7, Matthew 21:33-46- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - When reading the Bible, you will constantly come across stories of love and betrayal, be they stories of gifts that were given in love and wasted, or stories of love that one entrusted to another that the… Continue reading Sour Grapes from Hell’s Vineyard

August 2020

The Silent Satisfaction of Divine Payback

13th Sunday After Pentecost, August 30, 2020- Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The disturbing element of any faith tradition is its desire for divine payback, the need for vengeance against callous injustice and heartless brutality inflicted on innocent lives. We wonder where the God of righteousness is when such… Continue reading The Silent Satisfaction of Divine Payback

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

January 2020

Lamb of God Who Takes Away Our Sins

2nd Sunday after Epiphany, January 19, 2020- John 1:29-42- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The concept of Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes way the sins of the world arises from the sacrificial or pascal lamb of the first Jewish Passover Feast, where the blood of an unblemished lamb was placed… Continue reading Lamb of God Who Takes Away Our Sins