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.

Depending on Dependence

I had lunch with a good friend of mine today who recommended a book entitled An Invisible Thread, written by Laura Schroff. It tells the story of a chance encounter between an upwardly mobile sales executive and a 11 year-old African-American panhandler. As the sales executive walked by him, the boy asked her for some…

Going Out in Mission

If you look closely at the pulpit of St. Thomas’, you will see two carved figures featured prominently. On the left, there is the great theologian and bishop St. Augustine of Hippo. On the right, is a man who came over a millennium later, the Rev. George Whitfield. Whitfield was a part of the mid-eighteenth…

Rector’s Notes from the Vestry Retreat

The Belltower at St. Thomas;

by David Browder: This past weekend, your new vestry had a momentous retreat with your clergy. This was an especially important time to be together in the wake of the last several years of oil price drops, floods and, finally, hurricane Harvey ravaging our community. We did not minimize the task before us. Our church…

Joy This Christmas

At 8:00 am Sunday morning, we are going to light our final Advent candle of the season. And then, we will light the Christmas candle celebrating the coming of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What more can we say that has not already been said? Nothing — but our task is not to innovate. …

Merry Christmas…Every Day

Merry Christmas...Every Day!

“Have a nice holiday,” the nurse kindly told me as I was leaving my annual checkup. I’m not one who gets upset when someone wishes me “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” (some even get upset when Advent is skipped — but we lost that battle long ago) and, indeed, I did not this time.…

Advent: A Time for Hope

Advent a Time for Hope

by David Browder, Rector of Saint Thomas’ Did you know that there has been a debate throughout the millennia of church history over which liturgical color is to be used during the season of Advent? Indeed there has been. Protestant churches have tended to favor blue over purple. Why? It goes back to the reason…

The Big God Story for Preteens: Sundays at 9:15 am

Jacob and Esau

by Jennifer Underwood, Director of Children’s Ministries This year, for our 4th through 6th grade Sunday School class, we have selected a new curriculum designed for Preteens, called Rio.  Like the Tru Curriculum we use for the younger two age groups, Rio makes use of the Big Bible Panorama and the Big God Story,* but…

My Stewardship Sprint

My Stewardship Sprint

by Rob Scholl, Youth Group Leader and Vestry member When I say the word “stewardship” what first comes to mind? While I’d like to tell you that this word fills me with warm fuzzy feelings, my first memories are less than idyllic. I’m reminded of my first year living in New York City. I had…

Master Planning Townhalls

Dear Saint Thomas’ Family: This past week, our architectural firm Merriman Holt Powell (MHP) has been hard at work on the next steps of our master plan development. MHP has initiated meetings with faculty and staff of our church and school to gain additional input on the current and future needs for our campus. We…