Christ’s Righteousness

Does God Really Use Our Brokenness?

“Everything is broken. That’s how the light gets in.”  Leonard Cohen

John and I are often surprised that God delights in working through us. Yet like most humans, we are still bent towards the belief that God only uses our gifts and abilities.  So last night’s dinner conversation was especially encouraging.

New York City is full of beautiful old church buildings that serve a handful of congregants at best and that’s only if the church is still used [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Shari Thomas|1 Comment|

Purple Wallpaper

When I was a little girl, I would stare at my purple-flowered wallpaper and contemplate the meaning of faith. I was comforted that I didn’t need much faith—I only needed faith the size of a mustard seed, which I learned was very small. My hope was quickly dashed when I discovered faith couldn’t contain any doubt. Why would it even matter to have a tiny amount of faith in the first place if doubt [...]

By |September 10th, 2015|Shari Thomas|6 Comments|

Mother of the Bride

It wasn’t until I sent photos of the two choices for my mother-of-the-bride dress that I took a really good look at the pictures. One looked like I was trying to dress like a bridesmaid and the other conjured up images of the deserted bride, Miss Havisham, from Great Expectations.

“What was I thinking?” My swirling train of contemptuous thoughts raced down an all too familiar path. “Do all my clothes look that bad on [...]

A Lifestyle of Repentance: Part 2 – Worldly Sorrow, Godly Sorrow, and True Reconciliation

What does it mean to live a lifestyle of repentance?  Often, we are inclined to pursue a lifestyle of resolve, not repentance, thinking that if we just try harder, we will stop sinning and thus earn God’s favor. We believe too much in the power of our active righteousness—our ability to change our behavior.  What we need is a hunger for Christ’s passive righteousness—the spotless record Jesus has already achieved. He gives his children [...]

By |September 29th, 2014|Shari Thomas|4 Comments|

A Lifestyle of Repentance: Part 1 – Trusting in Christ’s Righteousness, Not our Efforts

I don’t like the word “repentance.”

I used to immediately be on guard when the topic surfaced. The first time I admitted my aversion to other pastors’ wives I was surprised to discover I wasn’t the only one with a “word dissociative disorder.”  Just say repentance and some of us go into a catatonic trance or retreat to a safe mental space. Why the strong reaction? As women married to the pastor, there are times [...]

By |September 10th, 2014|Shari Thomas|6 Comments|