The Rev. Chris Thomas

Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
Organization: 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.

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Salty Luminescence

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

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It's Getting Dark Out

Tuesday June 14, 2011
There is a genuine sense of urgency in the calling Christ places on his followers and the work of his Church.

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

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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?

What if Jesus Comes Back Like That?

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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 Church Needs Women...in Leadership

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

Inclusive Exclusiveness

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

I (still) like church

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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 Most Segregated Hour

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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?

Thinking 'Bout Church

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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 Gentrification of Christian Practice

Tuesday June 14, 2011
When did the line between Christan practice and modern culture become so blurred? Do our Christian practices reflect the Christ we follow?

Resurrection Moments (a sermon)

Tuesday June 14, 2011
Easter Sunday is the high point in the Christian calendar, but how do we make it a reality everyday?

Heritage or Hate?

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

What this Church Really Needs...

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

We Need to Talk

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

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

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

Another Post about Millennials #sorrynotsorry

Tuesday June 14, 2011
Everybody is concerned about Millennials and the Church. Every congregation wants Millennials as a part of their community...but do they really?

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

Tuesday June 14, 2011
A good song provokes us to thoughtful reflection, maybe even to action. Mary's song of praise is no different.

Alone (A Sermon for Holy Week)

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

A God out of Control (for Good Friday)

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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.

Signs of the Times? (A Sermon)

Tuesday June 14, 2011
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?

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

Tuesday June 14, 2011
Millennial ministers face a unique set of challenges, especially as the pace of change quickens.

What's a Pastor For?

Tuesday June 14, 2011
Is the pastor a "holy hired-hand," an employee of the congregation selected as a surrogate to carry the weight of the work of ministry? Is the pastor's job description a list of bullet points with quantifiable results? Or is there something more to it, something more mystical or down-to-earth?

The Faith to Grieve

Tuesday June 14, 2011
We need a faith that is built upon more than easy proof-texts and bumper sticker slogans to get us through our grief. Thanks be to God we have a deeper faith, a faith realized in Christ.

A Parable

Tuesday June 14, 2011
Two men go on a trip. Both come back. Only one got the message.

On the Tenth Anniversary of My Ordination

Tuesday June 14, 2011
A decade of ordained ministry has shown me an awful lot of what makes ministry a struggle, but it has also shown me more than one glimpse of God's kingdom.

From One Minster to Another

Tuesday June 14, 2011
October is Clergy Appreciation Month, so from one minister to another, Thank You.