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The Rev. Chris Thomas

The Rev. Chris Thomas serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Williams, Jacksonville, Alabama

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The Rev. Chris Thomas

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

First Baptist Church of Williams, Jacksonville, Alabama

The Rev. Chris Thomas serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Williams in Jacksonville, AL.

He graduated from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in 2009 (M.Div.) and Samford University in 2006 (B.A. in Religion).

He enjoys traveling with his wife, reading Southern fiction (particularly Flannery O'Connor), studying the history and current trends in homiletics, and walking alongside others on the shared journey of faith.


Latest Content by The Rev. Chris Thomas

The Rev. Chris Thomas

The Faith to Grieve

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

The story of Jesus reviving Lazarus is the hinge upon which the entire narrative of the fourth gospel swings. It is a story rich in Easter allusions, not-so-subtle winks at Jesus' own death, burial, and resurrection. It is this very event which causes the high priest Caiaphas and the rest of the religious establishment to decide to put Jesus to death (it says in 11.53: "So from that day on they planned to put him to death"). It is a story that shows us the power of Christ, the power to resuscitate a man who had been four-days-dead and sealed in a rock-hewn tomb. I suppose some would argue it's the most powerful of all of Jesus' signs; it tops healing the sick, restoring site to the blind, causing the lame to leap, and even feeding more than five thousand people with a handful of fish and bread.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Chris Thomas

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January 22, 2016

Ministry as a Millennial: Some Observations (and Maybe a Few Predictions) about Ministry in a Traditional, Institutional Church

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Millennial ministers face a unique set of challenges, especially as the pace of change quickens.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

November 18, 2015

Signs of the Times? (A Sermon)

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

After the terrible news we've all witnessed from around the world in the past few weeks, one can't help but wonder, "Is this the end?" But are we called to look for signs, or do something about terrible news we hear?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

April 03, 2015

A God out of Control (for Good Friday)

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

God is in control. Is God in control? Good Friday calls us to reexamine what it means to have control, for God to have control.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

March 26, 2015

Alone (A Sermon for Holy Week)

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

In Christ's final moments he as abandoned by those who had once followed him. He was jeered by those who once shouted "Hosanna!" Even the Father seemed to have left him. He was alone.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

December 17, 2014

An Advent Song (A Sermon on Mary's Magnificat)

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

A good song provokes us to thoughtful reflection, maybe even to action. Mary's song of praise is no different.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

November 14, 2014

Another Post about Millennials #sorrynotsorry

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Everybody is concerned about Millennials and the Church. Every congregation wants Millennials as a part of their community...but do they really?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

September 22, 2014

7 Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know (But Probably Can't Tell You)

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

There are always things (some serious, others not so much) that pastors wish they could just come right out and tell their parishioners. They seldom do, however, for fear of sounding defensive, making relationship awkward, or (wort of all) termination. These are just seven such things that come to mind.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

August 12, 2014

We Need to Talk

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

We are constantly being told the Church is in decline. What may be causing such decline is complicated and may just run deeper in our congregational culture than we are willing to admit.
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February 09, 2014

Salty Luminescence

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

In his sermon on Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5:13-20, the Rev. Chris Thomas explores what it means to be Jesus' disciples in this world.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

January 08, 2014

What this Church Really Needs...

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

It seems most churches, no matter the labels, are all after the same thing. They're all after that group who will secure their future as an institution. In doing so, however, so many congregations miss out on the ministry God has placed right in front of them.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

May 03, 2013

Heritage or Hate?

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

With the recent release of a country song by Brad Paisley (featuring LL Cool J) titled "Accidental Racist," the issues surrounding race and the symbols of the South from another era have found their way into the ever-changing news cycle. In the South, as well as other parts of the country, these topics are still taboo--even from the pulpit.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

April 01, 2013

Resurrection Moments (a sermon)

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Easter Sunday is the high point in the Christian calendar, but how do we make it a reality everyday?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

November 16, 2012

The Gentrification of Christian Practice

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

When did the line between Christan practice and modern culture become so blurred? Do our Christian practices reflect the Christ we follow?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

September 19, 2012

Thinking 'Bout Church

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Why does my church exist when there are so many other churches in my community already? How can my church be effective in the midst of so many other congregations and their differing approaches and understandings of the gospel?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

July 31, 2012

The Most Segregated Hour

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Churches in the South are denying couples the privilege of getting married in their church simply because of the color of their skin. Recently, there was a "whites-only" pastors conference held in Alabama. During this same summer the largest Protestant denomination in America, born out of a defense for slavery, called its first African-American president. Is the Church in America (especially the South) actually seeing healing and racial reconciliation, or are we taking one step forward and two steps back?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

June 13, 2012

I (still) like church

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Church is taking a beating these days. Celebrity clergy clog the headlines with their power and missteps; bloggers share their distaste for church culture; authors write volumes about their bad experiences in congregations. However, we shouldn't give up on church so easily.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

April 24, 2012

Inclusive Exclusiveness

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

The claim that Christ is the only way to God may be a difficult notion for those of us who seek to live in peace with those of other faiths. However, just as there is a claim to exclusiveness in the Christian faith, there is an equal claim to inclusiveness.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

February 02, 2012

The Church Needs Women...in Leadership

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

So it’s been popular lately for certain evangelical “celebrities” to go on the offensive with their so-called “masculine” approach to Christianity. They claim that God intended the Church to have a “masculine feel.” I'd like to think Scripture has a few examples of women called to be in positions of leadership.
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

November 30, 2011

What if Jesus Comes Back Like That?

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

As we are in this season of Advent, a season that calls our memories back to Bethlehem and our hearts forward to the future coming of Christ, we live in the loving tension between the two. However, can we get so caught up in reflections of the past and predictions of the future that we ignore the present and perhaps miss Christ's return?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

September 20, 2011

'Til Death (or Alzheimer's?) Do Us Part

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

The recent comments from televangelist Pat Robertson have set the Christian community buzzing with quick responses of disgust or defense. What do these sorts of comments (and the responses they create) say about the Christian community to the rest of the world?
The Rev. Chris Thomas Article

July 29, 2011

It's Getting Dark Out

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

There is a genuine sense of urgency in the calling Christ places on his followers and the work of his Church.