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The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr. The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr. is senior pastor of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS.

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The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr.

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, KS

The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr. is senior pastor of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS.

Before coming to Village Church in 2004 he served churches in Jacksonville, FL, and Columbia, SC.

Tom is a graduate of Presbyterian College and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA and a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School. He was also given a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Presbyterian College.


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The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr.

Thomas Are, Jr. - Christmas at Luke's House

Luke 2:1-7

3rd Sunday of Advent - Special

December 16, 2018

The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr. (PCUSA)

 

We have been invited to spend Christmas at Luke's house.  Luke's house is not easy to find.  The truth is more than a few folks will drive right by it and have no idea who is inside.  You will have to make your way, as there is no public transportation in Luke's neighborhood. Other Gospel writers live more in the center of things, but not Luke.  He's off the beaten path, way out on the edge of town.  It's a simple place.  You may mistake it for a family farm, like the ones that used to dot the American landscape. Hay is bailed to feed the animals. There are sheep grazing nearby. There's a real manger out back. It's not nostalgia. It's not a sweet part of the story. The manger makes Luke angry. There is no reason the world should not have made room for this baby. There are too many people for whom the world makes no room.

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The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr.

Thomas Are, Jr. - Celebrating Christmas with Mark

Mark 1:9-13

1st Sunday of Advent - Special

December 02, 2018

The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr. (PCUSA)

 

When our kids were younger, Christmas meant a road trip. We would rotate among my wife's siblings. First to brother Bob's house. Then brother Dave's house. Then sister Laura. Finally, we would host... and then repeat the rotation. When we moved from the east coast to Kansas City, our trips got longer. It would be one of those trips that was a day and a half in the car, for a day a half with family, then another day and a half in the to get home. I would imagine that our time with family is much like your time with family. We exchanged gifts. We drew names for gifts exchange... seems most years I would draw uncle Dave's name, which is an envied choice. He's impossible to shop for, but he is the most gracious of all of us. No matter what you would give him, he will say it's perfect. You could give him salt and pepper shakers that look like nuns playing bongos and he would say, "That's perfect!" We would have a family meal together, usually turkey... you should have been there the year that everyone got tossed from the kitchen - there were seven or eight in there - and all of them experts in gravy. When you have that many gravy experts, you can stack them all end to end, and they still will not reach a conclusion on just how thick gravy needs to be.

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