Frank A. Thomas

Preacher, teacher, scholar, lecturer, author, and master coach

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August 20, 2014

A requiem for Vincent Gordon Harding

By Frank A. Thomas | I was a very young seminarian in 1979 when I first heard that there was such a thing as the Black Seminarians Conference. My classmate, Leroy Sanders, and I wanted to attend this event in Atlanta, Georgia, so we approached our president, Dr. Charles Shelby Rooks, to request financial support. - See more at: http://cpx.cts.edu/preaching/blog#sthash.zbFl0doO.dpuf

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April 21, 2014

Can the prophet be critiqued?

In this blog, I ask: Can the prophet be critiqued? Can the critiquer be critiqued? Can the tactics, ideas, or behavior of the prophet be critiqued? Is any behavior justified because we deem it “prophetic?” 

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February 24, 2014

Can any of us be critiqued?

Critique is how we overcome our blinds spots and how we grow. How well do you deal with critique? How well do you deal with public critique? Can you be critiqued? 

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December 30, 2013

Why is the church so silent?

One of the issues that many people are debating is the relevancy of the church in this postmodern world. Relevancy has to do with speaking and acting on the issues and concerns that are most critical to people’s lives. I wonder what is more relevant for people’s lives than healthcare and, as a result, why the church is basically silent on this critical issue. 

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December 02, 2013

Leavings, endings, and letting go

I write this on the Saturday evening before I will deliver “Leavings, Endings, and Letting Go,” my final sermon at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. After tomorrow, for the first time in thirty-one years, I will no longer have a dedicated Sunday morning post to preach as pastor and leader of a congregation. 

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November 04, 2013

From Victim to Victor

One of the gifts that God has given me is preaching. Usually I preach with energy, passion, strength, confidence, insight, and clarity. All of a sudden, I noticed that my preaching was not uplifting and inspiring to me, and if not uplifting and inspiring to me, in all probability it was not to anyone else either. I learned that when a God-given gift flows unhindered, and in generosity, the people who receive the gift are unusually blessed. 

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