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 (15/09)

Weekend Wandering (15/09)

After a small hiatus, Weekend Wandering is back after a sad week. Any untimely loss of life is tragic, especially when the person takes their own life. In this case, a man who was outspoken about his own struggle with mental illness, as well as a shepherd of the church, sadly ended his own life.

As someone who has had their own struggle with depression, the inevitable flurry of opinion that followed were fascinating — some in the way a car crash is— others far more helpful. Here are two that stood out out.

Stephen McAlpine: Depression

We think we’re going to make it. We think that the elastic band won’t snap until it does. And when it does we wonder why we never eased off the tension when the signs were there. But we never do.

Macy Wilson: How Long?

So we continue to pray. We weep with those who weep. We seek out and reach out our hands to our struggling brothers and sisters. We don’t ignore the suffering around us, but we live with the hope that makes every suffering grow impossibly dim. All things will be made new, and it will be far more beautiful than the most creative human mind can begin to imagine.

Christian, You Stink!

Christian, You Stink!

We Are Never Helpless in Helping

We Are Never Helpless in Helping