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.

There is a River.

Geoff Simpson’s Summer Videos

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 46:4: “There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God; the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most Highest” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928).

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas first presented this video on November 6, 2020 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

I Give You Back to God

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 103:10: “He hath not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us for our wickednesses” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928), with a reference to (and clip from) Les Miserables.

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas first presented this video on October 30, 2020 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

My Help Comes From The Lord

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 121:2: “My help cometh even from the LORD…” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928).

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas first presented this video on October 23, 2020 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

My Prayer As Incense

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 141:2: “Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928).

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas first presented this video on October 16, 2020 as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

Geoff’s Summer Videos: Psalm 110:11

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 111:10: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever.” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928).

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas prepared these videos as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

Geoff’s Summer Videos: Psalm 19:14

This week, Geoff’s video is based on Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, * O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.” (as translated in the American Book of Common Prayer, 1928).

Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector and School Chaplain at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas prepared these videos as part of his school chapel talk series in the pandemic school year of 2020-2021.

Sabbatical…

by David Browder Another school year is coming to an end and another summer awaits. More than just that is coming to an end, though. With the renovation of our church, the construction of our new school building, and the proliferation of coronavirus vaccines, our time of crisis is coming to an end, as well.…

Martin Luther on the Ascension of Jesus

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This week, Martin Luther stands in for the rector as guest writer on the Ascension of Jesus Christ: “Now we must consider the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the first place, it is easily said and understood that the Lord ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. But they…

Cancel Culture

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“Canceling” used to mean getting rid of your Netflix subscription. Before Netflix, it meant discontinuing your New York Times or Time Magazine subscription. But the word “cancel” has taken on a completely different meaning in our society now. Instead of the subscription becoming nonexistent, the person becomes nonexistent. A “canceled” person loses his or her…