Posts by Chris Thoma

02-24-2020: Week of Ash Wednesday

I apologize for the tardiness of this note. I’m at home and a little under the weather, so I’ll do my best to give you something worth starting your week. I was telling Jen that even though there’s not a whole lot I can do about the setbacks that come from being sick, I still…

02-17-2020: Sixth Week after Epiphany

I spent some time this past week doing what I do on occasion—making calls to inactive members of the congregation. I made the calls while I was out and about on visitations. When it comes to this process, I’ll admit I’m noticing a trend. It used to be that for the calls made, I could…

02-10-2020: Fifth Week after Epiphany

I’m doing my best to get this note together before 9:30 am. A reporter from NPR is coming out to the church for an interview regarding Livingston County politics—namely, the 8th Congressional District of Michigan. I don’t know the questions I’ll be asked, but I will, of course, do my best to speak in a…

02-03-2020: Fourth Week after Epiphany

I don’t know what it’s like in your house, but when the Thoma family has the chance to dine together, the table discussions are fairly well balanced. What I mean is that you might expect the parents to do most of the talking, asking the children about their day, discovering the particulars of their friendships…

01-27-2020: Third Week after Epiphany

I almost decided against writing anything this morning. Usually something worth sharing comes to mind as soon as I sit down to start typing, but this time around, I stared at the screen for a few minutes. I thought I might write something in relation to 80s day here at Our Savior. We’re celebrating Lutheran…

01-20-2020: Second Week after Epiphany

For those of you who have the day off, I hope it’s a restful one. Evelyn and I will be leaving for Adrian soon. I’m giving a speech at the Right to Life march happening there. With Jen out of town until tonight, I’m keeping Evelyn close by. But she’s an ultra-pro-lifer, anyway, and she…

01-13-2020: First Week after Epiphany

I’ll be giving the invocation before the Michigan State Senate on Tuesday. I’m not nervous. I’ve done it several times before. And I rarely get nervous before speaking to a crowd, anyway. Imagine if I did. As a pastor, I’d be a constant wreck. A good portion of what I do involves public speaking. Still,…

01-06-2020: Week of Epiphany

Resolutions for personal betterment are the topic of discussion at this moment just past the New Year’s turning point. At least for some. Others think the idea of making resolutions is ridiculous. I don’t. As Christians, training for spiritual righteousness is a commendable thing (2 Timothy 3:16). Saint Paul said that. He also commended us…

12-30-2019: First Sunday after Christmas

I wrote this last year at this time. It felt right to share it again. I hope you’re blessed by it.—————————– I thought I’d take a quick moment and offer an anticipatory New Year’s “thank you” from a pastor’s perspective to all the faithful Christians who make up all of the Christian congregations. Thank you.…

12-23-2019: Week of Christmas

For a good number of you, the Christmas break has begun. Maybe you’ll remember and maybe you won’t, but I once shared with you that December 26 was my island. And by island, I mean it’s a very important down-time locale to which I, like so many others, have been in constant freestyle form (sometimes…