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.

Sharing My Excitement

Guest Column by Eileen Spisak, Parish Administrator I’m really excited about the wonderful things happening here at St. Thomas’ as we continue work to recover from the floods of Hurricane Harvey, and I want to share my excitement with all of you, and tell you about some of what’s going on — some things you…

Monthly Healing Service

Saint Thomas’ will begin offering a monthly Healing Service on the second Sunday of each month after our 10:30 am Morning Prayer service. Many in our parish are suffering under various ailments and it is good and right for their brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for them. We do that through the prayer…

Ideology as Idol

When Jesus said you cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24), He was contrasting faith in money and faith in God. Many have erroneously used this to attack money and people with money – but money is not really the issue. Many things can be idols or the “master” of which Jesus is speaking. Money just…

The Line Dividing Good and Evil

Opening Twitter and Facebook these days is a harrowing experience for me as it well might be for you. We are the wealthiest, most prosperous, and most dynamic country in the world — and yet everyone seems to be angry. Usually, they are angry at a particular person in a public position; but they can…

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…