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

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

We’re now knee-deep in 2016. This year I will turn 32. This year marks a decade in pastoral ministry for me. Over these past ten years, I have served three congregations: three years (while in seminary) at a small, rural church founded in the 1800s; nearly four years at an established congregation on the urban/suburban fringe of a small city; and I just began my fourth year at a 165-year old, moderate-sized congregation in a rural community about five miles from a university.

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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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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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.