Brian William Thomas is a writer-in-residence and pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA. His writing focuses on confessional Lutheranism in a post-Christian culture and reclaiming ancient pastoral practices for present day service.
I live in southern California, which has aptly been described as the land of fruits and nuts. It is a place where people deride religion while promoting a vague spirituality devoid of merit, meaning, or morality. Here you can find all manner of talk about experiences of the spiritual variety.
Everyone knows what it is like to be parched on a hot day, but to grasp Jesus’ fifth word from the cross is beyond the pale. It’s around 3:00pm and the end is nigh.
The ashes for which this sacred day on the church calendar is named to mark the beginning of the Lenten season show no one what kind of person you are, but they do show everyone that you are dying
Sunday mornings have become one of the most segregated days of the week for Christian families as churches divide up their worship services according to age demographics and musical preferences
John the Baptist faithfully reports for duty every December with his wilderness wardrobe and insect diet, ready to make straight the path of the long-expected Messiah as our Advent preacher.
The Donatist controversy in the early church provides a lens for understanding how Rome viewed Luther at the outset of the Reformation.
Since we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, I thought we could look at a vital question of the era that brought sharp division; and in fact, divided the German reformers from the Swiss.
My mother owned a hair salon when I was growing up. Thus, I spent many afternoons doing homework, sweeping hair, and washing/folding white towels there. Like most salons, there were numerous fashion magazines stocked in the waiting room.
A woman once approached me after a service and said, “I don’t understand what I’m supposed to do, pastor! You never give me any advice on how to live my daily life in your sermons.”