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Rev. Steven E. Thomas, Pastor

Rev. Steven E. Thomas, Pastor

     Pastor Steven Thomas was born in Houston, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Tech with a BS in Chemistry. He was working as a chemist in Baltimore for a few years, and then decided to pursue the dream of being a pastor. In 1993, Pastor Steve graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.

      Pastor Steve enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading. Pastor Steve’s passion is always looking for greater understanding - especially in how our expanding scientific knowledge reveals additional wonders of God.

      Some of his favorite books are The Bible (of course), Awareness by Anthony DeMello, One Minute Nonsense by Anthony DeMello, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, E=mc2 by David Bodanis, and the Tolkein trilogy.


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Sample Sermon

Nathan and David


John 18:12-27


Joel 2:12-14


The Prodigal Son


Theodicy Sin Suffering


What Life Is All About


Keeping Sabbath


Jesus the Prism of Life


Isaiah 40:1-11


The Human/Divine Rosetta Stone    

 


     Each person that you meet is a completely unique creation.  Each person is a unique blend of genetics and their own individual history.  Their genetics gives them many traits like height and eye color.  Their genetics will also lean them towards certain other traits like their happy or stern personality.

     But then, each person has a unique blend of history and experiences which do a lot to shape them as well.  For instance, was their family wealthy or poor?  Were they properly nourished during their growing up years?  Did their parents encourage their personal growth like learning an instrument or a skill?  Or did their parents discourage these things?

     Did they have both parents growing up?  Did they get to go to school at any level?  Did they go to a church?  What type of church?  Did they grow up in the city or the country?  Did they have to go through some trauma in life? 

     And how did this person adapt to each of these gifts and challenges in life?

     In addition, each person, as they grow learns and filters information and knowledge in their own unique way – that grows even more unique as they age.  It is as though we are walking Google search engines that filter thoughts and words by what has been previously input.

     There are thousands of possibilities in each person’s life that shape the person.  And so, each person is truly a unique mysterious creation of God.  You may see a person on the outside and see how they dress and how they talk.  And you may think that you can tell who they are from these initial clues.  And part of our human survival adaptions is to make these quick judgements.   And yet, people are far far more complex than you may realize.

     Many of us barely understand ourselves much less another person.

     And yet, God has intentionally surrounded you with a wide array of these mysterious creatures.  And each of them can give you fascinating insights into how God is working in the world.  Each of them can show you something unique – about the world that you live in – and about the nature of God.  Because God is interacting with each of these people whether they know it or not.  They are experiencing miracles and holy insights all the time.

     Long ago, in 197 BC, some ancient Egyptian carved a stone that translated some legal proclamation into three languages.  That Rosetta Stone is the primary way that we learned to translate the Egyptian hieroglyphs.

     It seems as though God has given all of us, these unique, fascinating people all around us – to help us translate our everyday lives into the universal language of the divine.  We get to use the manual of the Bible and the text of our experience – but the holy inscriptions in the lives around us are the original source for our understanding.

     In the name of Jesus.

 

                        - Pastor Steve

Pastor Messages of Special Interest

Suicide - Surviving Life’s Darkest Moments



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