10 11, 2017

Love is Hard

2017-11-16T11:16:13-06:00November 10th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

God, sometimes love is easy. Showing up to help a friend. Making a phone call to a grieving brother or sister in Christ. Loving folks who love me right back. Thank you so much for that kind of amazing love, those relationships that make life full of joy and peace, patience and kindness, generosity and faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That kind of love makes me get up in the morning, and fills my heart until it overflows. There are other days, God, when love is more like work. Sometimes, when I love others, it doesn’t seem to make much difference. Their pain isn’t [...]

3 11, 2017

Mucking Out

2017-11-03T09:24:10-05:00November 3rd, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod,There is stuff in my life that needs “mucking out.” You know my stuff, my challenges, my issues. I say things that are hurtful and then wonder “where did that come from?” I find myself dividing the world into “us” and “them.” I decide to do what feels good, even if I know it doesn’t help build your kingdom in any way. I choose to spend the resources you put me in charge of on things that are not consistent with your purposes. And pride - oh my own pride and ambition – that is what takes me over. The list goes on. [...]

27 10, 2017

Warmed By The Sun and The Holy Spirit, by June Rives

2017-10-27T10:15:09-05:00October 27th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Twelve stalwarts braved the heat and humidity on a Saturday morning at the monthly gardening and clean-up project at St. Luke’s Gethsemane Campus. It was a varied bunch. Young volunteers sharing family time with father or mother, plus older volunteers like me from organizations like Christian Community Service Center (CCSC), St. Luke’s and other churches.  A young man named Josh from a local Baptist church arrived early like me. He would do the “heavy lifting” later with wheelbarrow and tons of dirt that needed to be shifted. Everyone had an ebullient spirit and we got to work. Some [...]

27 10, 2017

Ever get tired of religion?

2017-10-27T09:50:36-05:00October 27th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, You know how I love church folks.  I love my flock, the people you commissioned me to care for, to encourage, those with whom I am asked to share life. I have given my life to the church. But I wonder about us sometimes. Maybe we church folks are too religious.  Religion is a dangerous thing.  It can make people self-righteous and narrow minded.  Religion can lead people to believe they are holier than those who never darken our doors. Religion can focus us on appearances and social expectations.  It leads people to check [...]

20 10, 2017

The Scenic Route, by Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears

2017-10-20T10:53:54-05:00October 20th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

From the time I was born, I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by people that have shared the love of Jesus with me. I grew up in a Christian household and was very involved in my home church in Louisiana — active in the mission and outreach group, participated in children’s and youth ministry, and was formed by leaders who took the time to disciple me and encourage my faith. When I went away to college, one of the things that grounded me was campus ministry. During my time at SMU, I led and organized Bible [...]

20 10, 2017

You Said My Name

2017-10-20T10:45:58-05:00October 20th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod,“Lord, you have come to the lakeshore, and while smiling, have spoken my name.” I love that hymn, God. We will sing it at my funeral. Ok, they will sing it at my funeral. (I am not sure I get to decide what we sing in the choir of saints around your throne, which is where I am counting on being. If I get to sing along, I will join in loudly!) I always hear you calling my name, calling me forward, beckoning me to whatever you have in store for me. Each moment, you are preparing me for the [...]

13 10, 2017

The Big To-Do

2017-10-13T09:19:38-05:00October 13th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 When you’re on the business end of ministry, it’s easy to get caught up in tasks. Launching Scripture+Shared was, and still is, a task-heavy project. Planning curriculum, booking spaces, ordering tech equipment for small groups—the list goes on. But here’s the amazing thing: tasks serve a purpose, and when we cross things off the list, we don’t count them as complete; we count them as passed to God, and God moved quickly and in big ways. On the marketing side, we began advertising the [...]

13 10, 2017

Take a Chill Pill

2017-10-13T09:09:54-05:00October 13th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, The prophets who speak for you come in all shapes and forms. Yesterday, a colleague said “Pace! Woah… would you just relax. Geez Louise.” I think that was you, using him as your voice. Then this morning, I heard you singing through my earbuds, using the voice of Paul McCartney, “Speaking words of wisdom… Let it be, yeah, let it be.” Then someone told me to take a chill pill. Perhaps I am pushing too hard. Too many “get to work” emails. Too much “what have you done for Jesus today?” sorts of talks. I am convicted by [...]

6 10, 2017

Let’s Move! by Tyler Neely

2017-10-06T09:10:31-05:00October 6th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

We are truly blessed people. As people who have the luxury of knowing about Jesus and his infinite love for us, we should never stop being grateful. In Student Ministries, we try to put this idea to work in the lives of our students through our Move Houston service projects. The idea is to get our students off their couches on a lazy Saturday every month, get them up and moving in our Houston community, show others how grateful we are for Jesus’ love and show it to others through acts of service. Each of you should use [...]

6 10, 2017

Spiritual Coasting

2017-10-06T08:55:02-05:00October 6th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER              God,You call me to run the good race, to finish strong, not to rest on my laurels. But I confess to you that sometimes I am just coasting. I pray the way I have always prayed. I worship the way I have always worshipped. I love others the way I have always loved. Too often, I simply take the path of least resistance. Forgive me, God. I know that real spiritual growth takes investment, and a willingness to be different today than I was yesterday, and different tomorrow than I am today. Worse yet, sometimes I even feel like I am [...]