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 (31/3)

Weekend Wandering (31/3)

I go back to my usual post including a few notable links I’ve read this week.

Resilient Church with Mark Dever

Recently, Mark was in Australia for a quick visit and a number of speaking engagements. I’ve appreciated Mark’s blend careful thoughtfulness to theological issues, while remaining committed to working out his theology in practical and helpful ways. In partnership with the Queensland Theological College, Mark gave a series of talks on the Resilient Church; QTC were kind enough to livestream them through Facebook, but I wanted to highlight them here for you. These are well worth your time (don’t skip past the Q&A, there’s gold in there too).

Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3

Ploughman’s Flashback: Son Of The Father

Every now and then I try my hand at poetry. This poem was written as a fictional account of Barabbas from his father’s perspective.

…Both men thrust before the throng
Were bloodied, beat and torn.
Yet one stood calm and steady,
The other, dejected, forlorn.
Now as his eyes see past the blood
Through all that time had done,
The old man stumbled and fought for breath
As his eyes beheld his son…

Does Modesty Matter Anymore?

Does Modesty Matter Anymore?

Fields of Wealth Yield a Harvest of Idols

Fields of Wealth Yield a Harvest of Idols