The Joys of Church Planting

By: Shari Thomas on Friday March 21, 2014

A few Sundays ago we walked to the #2 subway line, headed to Penn station, caught a train to Flushing and arrived in Asia in less than 45 minutes.  Actually, we were visiting Kings Cross, a new church plant in Queens. Only the travel time belied the fact that we were still in NYC.  It’s...

Contempt is like an Undiscovered Cancer – Part 2

By: Shari Thomas on Monday March 3, 2014

You don’t see it or even feel its effects before it threatens to kill your relationships.  Contempt has many faces and is easily masked: Asking your spouse to do a task and then criticizing how it was done Asking his/her opinion, but then seeking someone else’s. If you are getting input...

And She Laughs at the Time to Come

By: Shari Thomas on Tuesday January 21, 2014

My grandmother left the comforts of a close-knit family in Alberta, Canada for a missionary career in central Cuba. She was twenty-three years old, timid, and single when she first arrived in Cuba. Later, she married and while she never spoke unkindly about her husband, we knew life with him in...

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

By: Shari Thomas on Wednesday December 25, 2013

A few weeks ago our advent bulletin read, “The Angst of Advent and the Coming of Christ.”  I must say that I was excited because I have plenty of angst in December.  But I also have to confess that it is most often not connected to Christ’s coming but instead to everything else that...

Confused About Calling?

By: Shari Thomas on Wednesday November 13, 2013

John and I are not the only ones who wrestle with this topic, nor is it a new issue. Women through the centuries have struggled with their place in the church and how to function with a unique calling, especially one that moved them outside of the permissible. Catherine and William Booth, who...

Thankful for Being Frigid

By: Shari Thomas on Sunday October 27, 2013

Winter came early to NYC this year. Gusts of snow flurries greeted us as we exited the subway Saturday night. The shimmering yellow leaves outside our apartment usually cast a hue of gold lasting till Christmas. Sunday I awoke to a void of color. The wind had stripped the trees bare. This year is...

The End of the Rope

By: Shari Thomas on Friday October 25, 2013

I was at the end of my rope. Finished. Disillusioned. We were church planters in a foreign country, in a global city, in a language not our own. The sun’s rays reached into our 800-square foot apartment only 45 minutes each morning before passing behind a building. Our three children shared the...

Our Top Training Tips

By: Shari Thomas on Monday October 21, 2013

11. Send pre-work ahead of time. This saves on laborious instructions, preps people for what will be taking place, and communicates a field of knowledge you would like them to be familiar with before they arrive. Your time together can now focus on training. 10. Ban power point presentations with...