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Rev. Thomas: ‘God loves all people, all the time’

Rev. Thomas: ‘God loves all people, all the time’

“I want to talk about how we bridge the chasms that divide us,” the Rev. Buzz Thomas said. “We must move beyond our tribes. Now, there’s nothing wrong with our tribes … (but) the Constitution of the United States does not begin with ‘We the tribe.’ That vision is too small for our republic. We are people, many tribes.”

Thomas continued his Week Two sermon series with “If God Be For Us…” The readings were John 8:2-11 and Romans 8:31.

“I want to convince you this morning that you have theological permission to do what America needs you to do, that God wants us to make common cause with our neighbor … that despite our theological and political differences, we can be one nation,” he said.

Thomas challenges tendency of ‘belief over behavior’

Thomas challenges tendency of ‘belief over behavior’

On Monday, the Rev. Buzz Thomas asked, “How do we become ‘exceptional’ in the biblical sense of that word?” and discussed barriers to national improvement, particularly a collective emphasis on belief over behavior.

Thomas continued his turn as Week Two’s chaplain with his sermon “Elevating Belief Over Behavior: How the Religion of Jesus Became the Religion about Jesus.” The Scripture reading was James 2:14-26.

“I want to make sure you understand I’m not talking about partisan politics. I’m not talking about churches endorsing candidates or taking up money for candidates,” Thomas said. “That’s not good for our churches and that’s not good for our government.”

Morning Worship: ‘Our houses of worship must lead the way’

Morning Worship: ‘Our houses of worship must lead the way’

“What kind of nation would we really like to be, and how do we get there on our own? I don’t think without God — we won’t get there without God. How can we get there and bring our politicians along with us?” Rev. Oliver “Buzz” Thomas asked at Sunday morning worship.

Thomas will serve Chautauqua as preacher for Week Two. His reading was Isaiah 65:17-25.

“It’s our first great glimpse of the Kingdom,” Thomas said. “Everybody has a house, and a vineyard and a job.”