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.

Latest Parish Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our latest online poll as we look toward planning our future services as our state and city begin to reopen. We received 50 responses through May 19. Here are some high points: 90% of respondents found the 9 am online livestream Sunday service time to have been convenient,…

As we look toward re-opening…

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by David Browder The search for truth has always been very difficult. It has challenged theologians, philosophers, and everyone else since God created human beings. Classical education (a vital component of our school) is predicated on the pursuit of truth and beauty. “Pursuit” because finding perfect truth and beauty has always been elusive, even when…

Results of the Parish Survey

Saint Thomas’ Church Covid-19 Survey April 29-May 1, 2020 Thank you to everyone who participated in our online poll about the parish and Covid-19. We received 63 responses through May 1. You can download the full results below. Here are some high points: 94% of respondents have participated in one or more of our online…

An Update and Survey from the Rector

I am sure you have heard of Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to progressively re-open Texas. I am sure you have also noticed the reaction to this plan, both pro and con. Unfortunately, like most other things in our country at this time, the pros and cons have manifested themselves along partisan lines. The cultural left…

Raising an Ebenezer

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Guest post by Kari Browder When I was 16, I was driving myself and some neighborhood kids home from youth group one night. The roads were a little wet, and not in the best condition. I hit a pothole, lost control, and (not being the most experienced driver) I fishtailed all over the road. I…

Food Drive Saturday, 4/18, 12-2 pm

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Easter holds such wonderful hope for us in the midst of our current ordeal. Even as our lives are upended, we are beneficiaries of the best news mankind has ever heard — the forgiveness of sin and the defeat of death itself. We get God in all of His love, mercy, and glory due to…

Easter and Coronavirus

This period of time has been as different and surreal as any this country has ever witnessed. Those who remember the Depression and World War II perhaps can say that they have seen something like this but, certainly, those of us in subsequent generations cannot. In many ways, given its frightening and unusual nature, it…

Online Worship: God is Present

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As Covid-19 pandemic continues, we find ourselves doing things in much different ways than we are used to. However, the way we are doing worship is not unprecedented. Far from it. Of course, having our services exclusively online is new, but having Morning Prayer as the principal service on Sunday mornings was actually the norm…

A Light in the Fog

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There was a period of time in my life that I was very interested in studying Civil War history — its battles in particular. I would look at the story of a battle and wonder why General X didn’t do “y” instead of “z”. Aside from being young (not to mention unsophisticated in military strategy…

An Address from the Rector

We are facing something most of us have never faced before. We are prepared for this as Christians, though. We are prepared to hope in Christ and love our neighbors.

In this address to the church, I speak about what this means and how we can do it.

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