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21 02, 2019

The Called Session of General Conference of the United Methodist Church

2019-02-22T09:04:09-06:00February 21st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|1 Comment

A special called session of the General Conference of the United Methodist denomination will be meeting in St. Louis from Saturday, February 23 – Tuesday, February 26. The purpose of the session is to make decisions regarding whether United Methodist churches or clergy are permitted to hold or officiate at same-sex weddings, and whether Annual Conferences can ordain self-avowed, practicing homosexual men and women. Ordinarily, the General Conference of the church meets every four years, with lay and clergy delegates from Annual Conferences around the world. In the regular session of the General Conference in 2016, a special [...]

15 02, 2019

60 Years of Bliss, by Gibbs Macdaniel, Jr.

2019-02-15T08:58:29-06:00February 15th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

As I was sitting in Miss Dolly Harrel’s homeroom at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio in 1953, in walked a NEW girl! WHO IS THAT??!! Grace Nan Jennings. She bowled me over. It was “love at first sight.” I was barely sixteen. We dated through graduation in 1954 and went on to UT-Austin where the competition became more intense. Nan pledged Tri Delt, was an advisor at Littlefield dormitory for two years, was inducted into Orange Jackets and was a Good Fellow. She was one of the most popular and attractive ladies on campus. I was [...]

15 02, 2019

Living and loving like Jesus

2019-02-15T09:47:34-06:00February 15th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Living and loving like Jesus

Last Sunday, we talked about the vision for all of St. Luke's family of ministries - St. Luke's church, The Story Houston, Gethsemane, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, St. Luke's Day School and After School and Summer Camps, as well as Bridges Academy. We are all are striving for the vision of "A city transformed by the love of Jesus." Each of those ministries has its own mission statement, all of which work to bring about our common vision. This is our north star, and it is the why we do what we do. This week, we will talk [...]

8 02, 2019

A Great Cloud of Witnesses, by Warren Fisher

2019-02-08T10:25:19-06:00February 8th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on A Great Cloud of Witnesses, by Warren Fisher

I love the idea of our Year of Gratitude because I have so much to be grateful for…and so many people to thank. Dr. Pace’s challenge has caused me to think anew about all of the people who have touched my life and influenced my faith journey. It starts with my parents, of course, who made it our family habit to be in church every Sunday morning, and took my brother and me back for choir practices and Methodist Youth Fellowship. More significantly, they modeled faith for us at home and everywhere else. Then I think about my [...]

8 02, 2019

Special Edition

2019-02-08T10:01:08-06:00February 8th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Special Edition

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. Friends, this Sunday I begin a special three-part sermon series sharing a new statement for St. Luke's identity - vision, mission, spiritual journey, and inside-out habits. The sermon series is titled "A City Transformed." It is not a remake of who we are, as it simply gives us new language to talk about who we have always been - a church family that seeks to make an impact outside of our walls. But my hope is that [...]

25 01, 2019

A Message from Thailand, by Dr. Linda Christians

2019-01-25T09:33:54-06:00January 25th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

As I write these words, I’m sitting in a classroom with ten Thai pastors who are ministering in environments that are pagan in nature, and incredibly harsh and difficult.  They come face to face with cultural and spiritual resistance. Yesterday we listened to each of them preach sermons, following a day of teaching by other members of the Board of Ordained Ministry and Bishop Scott Jones.  Overwhelmingly, their messages were centered on the being joyful in the Lord, being content with what you have, being faithful servants of God, being in relationship with God, and loving involves [...]

25 01, 2019

Is It Enough?

2019-01-25T09:19:20-06:00January 25th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Is It Enough?

My sister streams YouTube videos on her TV in the morning while she gets ready for work. Sometimes I’ll sit on her bed with my coffee as she puts on her makeup. It doesn’t take long before I’m sucked into videos of young women documenting their entire day. It amazes me as I watch them cook perfectly healthy comfort food all under 30 minutes with just enough time to spare to do a full face of makeup and a bonus tutorial on how to achieve Disney princess hair in just three steps! All you have to do is [...]

25 01, 2019

What is your approval rating?

2019-01-25T09:06:57-06:00January 25th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on What is your approval rating?

A PERSONAL PRAYER OK God, I'll admit it. I'm kind of confused. On the one hand, my rabbi Jesus tells me in his sermon on the mount that I am supposed to be a light to the world, so people will see my good works and give you glory. Then, in the very same sermon, Jesus tells me to do my charity work in secret, so secret that my right hand doesn't even know what my left hand is doing. (Sometimes I just want to say to Jesus, as he talks in parables, "make it plain, preacher, make in plain!")  God, [...]

18 01, 2019

A Friend for Life, by Latham Knight

2019-01-18T14:39:31-06:00January 18th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

At the beginning of the school year 2007, I decided to volunteer my time with KIDS HOPE USA, sponsored by St. Luke's Church. This required spending an hour each week with a young student at Briarmeadow Charter School. The program administrator met me on week one and took me to Mrs. Karol Bell's third-grade classroom where she introduced me to Samuel Barnes, the young man I would mentor. Right away, I told Samuel that we would spend half of our time each week in the library doing some type of school study and the balance we would [...]

18 01, 2019

Finding Community, by Amy Kelley

2019-01-18T14:35:13-06:00January 18th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Finding Community, by Amy Kelley

com·mu·ni·ty /kəˈmyo͞onədē/ noun 1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. 2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. The day we stop seeking community is the day God’s love becomes stifled. We were created to be in community with one another. We belong to one another through and because of Jesus Christ. Noah’s Ark was a community. Two by two, remember? Noah didn’t bring all bears or cows on the ark. Jesus didn’t pick his disciples because they all [...]