18 10, 2019

Marshall your resources

2019-10-18T08:42:23-05:00October 18th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, Sometimes my life feels so fragmented. I am pulled in many directions, and I search for some way to tie the pieces all together. Too often, God, I confine you to only one part of my life. I box you into conversations about faith and belief and leave you out of decisions that are more mundane or pragmatic. But you are to be my guiding hand in all of it. I want to surrender all of it to you: everything I do, everything I think, every relationship I have, every hour I [...]

11 10, 2019

Join the movement

2019-10-11T09:16:52-05:00October 11th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, So many problems seem so intractable. So much of the world caught in poverty. So many families struggling with conflict. So many people devastated by wars. So many people living in ways that are destructive to self and others. So many people with broken relationships. So many people filled with hatred for others. So many people not knowing God's love in Jesus. God, you call me, if I believe in you, to "do the works that you do," (John 14:12), and to "bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim [...]

4 10, 2019

Listening for a local call

2019-10-04T09:33:51-05:00October 4th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Listening for a local call

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am always listening to hear if you are calling me to something significant, something world-changing. Maybe I can write a world-changing sermon, and lead a world-changing mission. Maybe I can build an organization to end hunger or bring about world peace. God, I don't know if I am missing something or not paying attention, but I seldom hear such a call. The call I do hear is far less grandiose, but perhaps more significant. It is the daily call to be kind to my neighbor, to share my love with a friend, to [...]

27 09, 2019

Impact Sunday- God at work in me

2019-09-27T09:22:32-05:00September 27th, 2019|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Impact Sunday- God at work in me

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of possibilities, Sometimes, because I am afraid I cannot do enough, I choose instead to do nothing. Because I count on my own power, my own strength, my own wisdom, my own know-how, I wither in the face of the challenges of the world, and hunker down to stay in my comfortable world.  But you remind me that it is your power, your strength, your wisdom, your know-how that are available to use for your purposes, and that it is you who is at work in me and through me.  I sell you short, God.  You [...]

26 09, 2019

Love: the residue of the Christian life

2019-09-26T16:52:32-05:00September 26th, 2019|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Love: the residue of the Christian life

I hope all of you are safe from the storms and floods, and that your homes are not damaged. Would you let us know if you are not? We would love to be praying for you and help however we can. Go to our website, www.stlukesmethodist.org, where there are three buttons: one, to give us information on your damage, another to volunteer with the Restoration Team, and a third button to contribute funds dedicated to Imelda relief.  A PERSONAL PRAYER  Loving God, I spend my time and energy on so many things that, at the end of the day, I know [...]

15 09, 2019

A Pastoral Conversation Regarding Same-Sex Marriage and the Church

2019-09-19T15:53:28-05:00September 15th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|7 Comments

In my sermon on 9/15/19, I mention having substantive conversations with others regarding difficult issues in a way that is respectful, focuses on issues rather than demonization, and helps us learn about how those who disagree with us come to their points of view. In publishing this paper together, Chap Temple and I have sought to model that process. I hope you can learn something about how people with two different perspectives view same-sex marriage in the church. Tom Pace A Pastoral Conversation Regarding Same-Sex Marriage and the Church

13 09, 2019

We need one another

2019-09-13T09:11:43-05:00September 13th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on We need one another

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, As always, I need your help. Holy Spirit, fill my whole self and guide me. Give me a courageous voice to speak the truth as I see it, and the wisdom to know when to keep silent. Give me ears to hear, and a mind that is truly open to listen. Give me a heart that feels, and honest empathy for others. Give me eyes to see the world through the eyes of my brother or sister. Give me hands that serve both friend and enemy, and the commitment to make a difference rather [...]

6 09, 2019

I hear there are divisions among you

2019-09-06T09:16:10-05:00September 6th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on I hear there are divisions among you

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, When I read the papers, watch the news, read and hear the comments, it seems that the animosity towards others is overwhelming. It appears folks have all chosen a team, and have little good to say about anyone on another team. I would like to believe that it is only the people on the fringe, but it seems deeper than that. You know, God, how hard I try to bring people together, to unite people around our mission, to share your truth as I understand it in a way that people can [...]

30 08, 2019

Don’t be a slacker

2019-08-30T09:15:30-05:00August 30th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Don’t be a slacker

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, on this day, I am asking for a fresh start. It is a new school year, a new beginning with projects and goals for my life and my work. Are they what you want for me? Have I correctly discerned your preferred future for my life? I have tried to listen to you, God, and get clarity, but sometimes it seems so fuzzy. I ask you today to put the right dreams in my heart, the right goals in my head, the right hopes in my soul, the right projects on my schedule. Your scripture [...]

23 08, 2019

Needing to be needed

2019-08-23T08:57:33-05:00August 23rd, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Needing to be needed

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, I still remember the day I heard you call my name, asking me to follow you, telling me you had work for me to do. It seems I am always trying to figure out exactly what work I am supposed to be doing, continually searching for that great purpose in the sky that will change the world. Is that what you want of me? I confess that while I am looking for that greater purpose, greater vision, there is a friend who needs a word of encouragement, a colleague who needs some help [...]