Ministry Update, November 2022
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
3M ago
Greetings! Some missionary newsletters might start with “Greetings from the other side of the world.” I was thinking of starting this one with, “Greetings from the other side of … ,” but  I wasn’t sure quite what to enter in the blank. I have definitely come through what seems like a ‘far side of the world’ experience lately. Some of it has been unusually good. It should have been unusually enjoyable. Instead it brought me to the edge of burnout. Not quite over the edge, but close enough that I could see it from where I stood. Yet I’d say again, almost all of it was really, really good. E ..read more
Visit website
God Heals — Amazing Good News! (Tom Gilson Ministry Newsletter, May 2022)
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
8M ago
I have good news. Lots of it. I’ve been holding out on you too long, and I need to pass it along. It’s about bad news getting better — amazingly better. It happened slowly, and gradually, but in retrospect it was an amazing answer to prayer. The Bad News That Started It It does start with bad news, though. I had disk surgery on my back in December, and I was recovering just fine, even traveling with Sara to visit our daughter and her family in Oklahoma. I took another trip in March to the home office of The Stream, where I’m a senior editor, and it was there in my hotel room that the bad news ..read more
Visit website
Ministry Progress, April 2022
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
11M ago
Photo: snapshot I took during Christian leadership meeting mentioned below, led by James Robison, in the Life Today TV studio. (It was not televised.) It’s happening — at last! Step by step, this past year or two, I’ve been building toward an equipping ministry for pastors. Now it’s moving into its next phase, and I’m excited to see it coming to fruition. It’s still not easy — see the prayer requests below — but by God’s grace, it’s coming together. It’s a service ministry, helping pastors handle the toughest questions our confused culture sends their way.  I’ve been studying these issues ..read more
Visit website
The Very Alien Question of Marriage (from The Stream’s Pastors’ Corner)
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
11M ago
(Also published at The Stream.) What is marriage? What is it for? Why does marriage matter? Ten years ago, those were the hottest questions on the planet. Now they’re … nothing. No one even asks anymore, at least not in public. That’s okay to a certain point: I don’t mind the public debate going silent for now until a more strategic time arrives. I just worry that things are equally quiet inside the churches, where we dare not let the marriage question die, and where we dare not give in to wrong answers. You probably think I’m talking about same-sex marriage. No, not this time. Our culture got ..read more
Visit website
Find Your Authentic Self, or Find an Authentic View of God?
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
1y ago
Everyone’s in a rush to find their “authentic self.” We’re going about it the wrong way, though. We find our true selves by giving up false gods and finding the true God. We’ve missed his reality, however.  Even Christians have, in my view. That’s why I say in this message to The River Church in Liberty Township, Ohio, delivered last month, it’s time we hit a big reset button on our view of God. Image Credit(s): The River Church. The post Find Your Authentic Self, or Find an Authentic View of God? appeared first on Tom Gilson ..read more
Visit website
2021 in Review: God Shows Up in Spite of All
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
1y ago
I’m writing this during the winter storm of February 3, 2022. So far it’s turning out less disruptive than what we’d prepped for, when earlier forecasts had said we could get nearly half an inch of freezing rain. That would have caused power outages everywhere. Another disruption would almost feel par for the course, though. I look back on the past twelve months, and I can hardly believe what we’ve gone through — or what God has done in it. Just yesterday an old acquaintance who’s becoming a new friend here in Dayton how our new ministry has encouraged him. It is totally God at work. Honestly ..read more
Visit website
Pastors’ Equipping Series: Sample Sermon on Christian Exclusivism vs. Pluralism — Christmas Themed!
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
1y ago
Christians aren’t supposed to say we have the one truth, right? So goes the opinion around our culture, anyway. We’re supposed to be “humble” about our beliefs; to give equal worth and respect to all other beliefs. That’s what culture tells us, but what does God say? Clearly Jesus claims to be the one way, the one truth, and the one life, through whom alone we can come to the Father. But how does that square with Christian humility? How do we live that out without arrogance? And why isn’t God like an elephant? You weren’t expecting that last question, I’m sure! That’s okay, it’s just a teaser ..read more
Visit website
Ministry Update: God at Work Through the Cincinnati-Dayton Area Apologetics Fellowship
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
1y ago
The Apologetics Fellowship at a special-invite luncheon with conference speaker Alisa Childers. It’s time for an update on ministry, especially for prayer and financial supporters. It’s time, too, for thankfulness to God and to you, because I am seeing my most fruitful period of local ministry ever. I’ve been a musician, a leader in national roles at Cru and Ratio Christi, and a writer. These have been my “jobs,” my “vocation” as a full-time Christian worker. They’ve all had a nationwide reach. Of course I’ve served in churches like any other Christian. Vocationally, though, I’ve often longed ..read more
Visit website
Pastors’ Equipping Series: Sample Sermon on the Faith-Science Challenge (Special Focus on the Virgin Birth)
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
1y ago
Faith vs. Science: It feels like David approaching Goliath, with no sling and no stones. Or at least, that’s the way a lot of people want us to feel it. As pastor, you know there’s pressure on Christians to deny the faith in favor “almighty science.” In cooperation with The Stream’s Pastors’ Corner, we offer you a sample sermon you can use (see below) to begin preaching the truth, that faith has nothing to hide and nothing to fear from science. With Christmas approaching — and possibly some final sermon prep still waiting to be done — we present this with with a special emphasis on A ..read more
Visit website
Alisa Childers: ‘Reading Through Your Book Was … Exciting’
Thinking Christian
by Tom Gilson
1y ago
Alisa Childers, gifted speaker, former ZOEgirl singer, and author of the outstanding book Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity, graciously invited me on her podcast to talk about my own book Too Good to Be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality. I really appreciate her words about the book. At the four minute mark: I’ve got to tell you, as I was reading through your book it was actually… exciting! … I mean, doctrinally, we know Jesus never sinned, we know that on a certain level. But  … you bring it out in a ..read more
Visit website

Follow Thinking Christian on Feedspot

Continue with Google
OR