Pastor Tom's blog

Sleeping Through The Storm

After more than a decade as a chaplain and scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, I have appreciated what it means to "be prepared". Perhaps this story from an unknown author will illustrate how I feel about my retirement from the parish ministry. This is a parable.

A young man applied for a job as a farmhand. When the farmer asked him for his qualifications, he said, "I can sleep through a storm."

This puzzled the farmer.

But he liked the young man, so he hired him.

Keep Your Fork

As little Jimmy learned to obey his mother and father, it didn't take him long to understand if he ate everything on his plate, including those dreaded vegetables, he was in for a real treat called dessert. He was always happy to hear the magic words, "keep your fork."

Maybe that's why I remember the following story written by Ann Landers…

One Glass Of Milk

Once in a while when a good story comes your way, you've just got to tell it. With only a few minor revisions…

Once upon a time, a poor boy who was selling goods from door-to-door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a beautiful young lady opened the door.

The Easter Experience

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5th with the first of six midweek films made especially for this time of prayerful preparation for The Easter Experience. If you've never seen any of the 20–minute presentations, be sure not to miss these truly dynamic midweek movies.  

The Last Patriarch

At 98 quiet Jim was the oldest man of her congregation, but I will remember him for what he meant to our ministry here. In this parish family his death was the end of an era making January 18, 2014 a significant date in our history, the final chapter of the Last Patriarch. 

Resolution Number One

Question: how are those New Year's resolutions coming? I suspect by the end of the next week most of you will have an answer. Don't worry. The top 10 results according to Murphy's Law make sure you're up, or make you laugh…

Church Of Tomorrow

Recently, in one of our eating establishments I saw four teen aged kids sitting in a booth, apparently communicating.  I say apparently because each of them with a cell phone in hand was texting one another.

Sounds weird, but not really.

Then, another idea landed on my desk.  It was an article off the internet from one of our members about what to expect from church services in the future.  Well, you know what happened next.  I just couldn't resist this revision:

My Mother-In-Law

Fourscore and five years ago she opened her eyes for the first time in Pueblo, Colorado on February 15, 1927.  Maybe the light was a little too bright for Valeda Flora Sills Jensen, my mother-in-law.  She was a beautiful little girl, full of life on her parents’ rabbit farm.

By the time she was ready to leave high school, most of her world had been changed forever by the war.  In June she married a B-17 tail gunner in North Hollywood.  His name matched his attitude: Buster.  She called him Big Boy.

Lenten Encore

He is back!  No, not Jesus.  I am talking about an actor who looks like him in every one of his movies produced for HBO from The Stranger series.  His name is Jefferson Moore, and if you haven’t seen his films, or if you missed a few the last time they were shown, this is your chance to see them again for the first time!  Beginning on Ash Wednesday, which is early this year (Feb 13), there will be a short Lenten Encore starring Jefferson Moore.  We will see seven modern stories about real characters from the Bible.  Each one will have a life-changing encounter with someone we all k

Epiphany Symphony

Epiphany (Gk: epiphaneia) is Sunday, January 6.  On this day we commemorate the appearance of the wise men in the East who followed a star to Bethlehem.  But Epiphany is much more than a single day on the calendar.  It is the beginning of a complete score of divine harmony that God is conducting throughout history to save all people from their sins.  It is the down beat to an upbeat symphony of redemption through Christ our Lord.  In fact, you could call it the Epiphany Symphony, because that's exactly what it is.