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.

Cold Weather Update 2/17

Due to our record cold weather, continuing power outages and unsafe conditions, our Ash Wednesday service on campus has been cancelled. Please join our Rector, David Browder, at 5 PM on Facebook Live for Evening Prayer. Our Sunday service will be held in person and online as usual. Wednesday’s Epistle email newsletter will go out…

STE Family Plans Mission to Africa


In the summer of 2019, Michelle and David Graves spent a month on a mission trip with the Rafiki Foundation helping at a Christian Classical School and Teachers College in Nairobi, Kenya. Now God has called them to long term service at Rafiki’s village near Kampala, Uganda. They are working to be ready to leave…

On the Wearing of Masks


I would first like to thank all of you for your cooperation during this time of pandemic. Masks and social distancing have been requirements for our meeting in person and you as a church have been really terrific to work with. I say this knowing that many of you are reticent about wearing masks —…

Christmas in 2020

by David Browder In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:1–3…

Church Restoration Update

Watch as David Browder walks you through some highlights of the work in progress on the renovation of our church building. We now anticipate that work will be complete in late January or early February of 2021.

It’s Our Time

by David Browder I was speaking with one of our parishioners recently: she is plugged in to the goings-on at our church and school. We were discussing FEMA — and it all came back to me: the floods, the economic downturns, the pandemic, anxiety over budgets — and the waiting. Oh, the waiting. The waiting…

Our Broken Idols

destroying idols

by David Browder By the time this article is published and delivered, Election Day 2020 will have come and gone. We may not know all of the results yet but the voting will be done (and, mercifully, the ads will stop). Many of us desire a period of healing — but I am not sure…

Happiness…or Joy?

Happiness or Joy

What is the difference between joy and happiness? Is there a difference? It is a good question and one worth asking, especially as we find ourselves in very difficult times as a society. Happiness is based primarily on our ability to attain a place in life that brings contentment, safety, and fulfillment. Thus, “the pursuit…

Church Renovation Update

The Rev’d David Browder, Rector of Saint Thomas’, provides an update on on-going renovation work in our Church building, discussing the beginning of work on interior finishes, our new 3-tier pulpits, and additions to improve accessibility.