My name is Chris Thomas. I’m a fortunate husband, a father of three and Dad to five. I’m an advocate of foster care as an expression of the gospel. I’m a pastor at Raymond Terrace Community Church, a regional church based in the Hunter Valley, Australia. I mostly write about the gospel and how it informs both work and rest.

Weekend Wandering (03/2)

Weekend Wandering (03/2)

Here’s a review of some notable content I’ve been impacted by over the last week:

Key Ministry: It’s the hidden disabilities that keep our kids out of church

This was an intriguing read on two levels; as a leader within a church, it was challenging to think through how we minister to, and shepherd, individuals and families faced with complex challenges. Secondly, as a foster parent of two children with ‘hidden’ disabilities, I couldn’t help but sympathise with the findings of this research.

Crossway: 10 Things you should know about preaching

I never get sick of learning more about being a better preacher. But this was a great list for others to know about their preachers.

Ploughman Flashback: God of your grief

“No matter the source of your grief—be it silent, relational, or communal—you must know today that God is not deaf to your pain. You soul's ache is not foreign to him. Your sleepless thrashings in the dark of night are his to see. The tears that streak your face are more precious to him than you realise.”

Who Do You Follow?

Who Do You Follow?

Why Evangelism Doesn't Work

Why Evangelism Doesn't Work