From the Rector

The blog of the Rev’d David O. Browder, Rector of St. Thomas’. Law and gospel, grace, pop culture, links to interesting articles and videos.

An Epidemic of Under-Performance

epidemic of underperformance

Do you remember when The McCallie School came to St. Thomas’ to give a presentation on the development of boys? I visited with Troy Kemp, the Executive Director for The National Center for the Development of Boys, when I traveled through Chattanooga, TN this summer. He told me that the meeting they had in our…

Interim Director of Music Announced

Bryan Anderson

From David Browder: I am pleased to announce that we have chosen an interim Director of Music for Saint Thomas’ Church and School: his name is Bryan Anderson, and he has accepted the position. He has a one-year appointment, and will be a candidate for permanent Director of Music. Bryan will join us in September.…

God and Gender Neutral Language

by David Browder As many of you already know, The Episcopal Church’s General Convention met in Austin last week. A few hot topics such as prayer book revision were on the agenda. Of course, prayer book revision would not affect us directly but we earnestly hope it does not take place for the sake of…

Thank you to Giles Brightwell!

Giles Brightwell

Dr. Giles Brightwell will be stepping down as St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School’s Director of Music to take another position. His last Sunday with us will be July 8th. Giles has done amazing work with our music, as you are all aware. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work and…

Salvation in a Place of Shame

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle

Here’s a great story from the Houston Chronicle: Texas prison program makes ministers out of inmates ROSHARON — Kenny Calliham sat alone in the dark of a prison cubicle when it finally hit him: He couldn’t live like that anymore. He needed something different, something better. Years of drugging and fighting had gotten the Greenspoint…

Alfie Evans: Life and Death

As I read, I cut out items that raise questions I want to think about, and I clip them to my bulletin board (virtually, of course) so I won’t forget about them. From time to time, I’ll be sharing what I am thinking about some of them with you. Here’s one from The Gospel Coalition…

Hospitality When You Have Trees in your Gutters

gutter with trees

Lately, I have been asking myself why we don’t share more of our lives together. Why are we not continually at one another’s homes eating dinner, playing together, praying together, letting our kids play together, and spending our lives together? It’s because we don’t have it all together — and that is hard for us…

Church Restoration and Master Plan Update

church restoration

Work proceeds apace on both our Church restoration and master plan work. The master plan itself is complete; the school produced this video (which includes a view of a covered drop-off for the church from Endicott and of the planned church interior renovation): A fact sheet with 3-D renderings can be viewed here. The church…

An Invitation from David Browder!

We are about to have a really good time — I mean a REALLY good time. Some of your most dedicated brothers and sisters in Christ have been working very hard to put together our Boots and Bling Western Shindig! There will be music, dancing, craft beer, fajitas, wine — and even a mechanical bull.…