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In Memory of Tom Thomas

Tom Thomas was born in Garden City, Kansas on November 1, 1944. As a child in a military family he was accustomed to being mobile and having the opportunity to experience different environments. Each of the children in their family was born in a different state. They traveled from Kansas to New Mexico to North Dakota to Washington to Nebraska to California to Alabama—and then to England where he graduated from high school.
 
After high school graduation, his family moved to Virginia and he headed to Oklahoma to attend The University of Oklahoma. He remained an avid fan of OU football for the rest of his life. While still in college, he was visiting his brother and grandparents in Ada, Oklahoma, where he met the love of his life when she knocked on the wrong apartment door. Tom explained that the person she was looking for lived next door. He asked his friend next door who she was and called her that night, which started a romance that would lead to marriage on October 3, 1969, followed by 48 wonderful years together.
 
Tom had always wanted to fly, so after graduating from OU he applied to the United States Air Force for Officer Training School at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. When he graduated he was assigned to Flight Training at Craig AFB in Selma, Alabama. One of the highlights of his life was flying jets. After his time in the Air Force, he returned to Goodyear where he had worked part time in college. Starting out as a Credit Manager, he was promoted to Store Manager. While at the Sapulpa, OK store, he was awarded Top Store Manager in his district. When Tom’s father started a company called Aircraft Appraisal he asked Tom to join the company. Tom trained and became a certified Aircraft Appraiser and assisted with publication of the Airliner Price Guide and as an expert witness on legal matters relating to sale of aircraft. For the 15 years in this profession, he enjoyed the travel and the ability to meet a variety of people. At the death of his father, the company was sold and he and Donna moved to Carrollton, TX where he worked as an outside sales associate for an electrical supply company. Due to health issues, he retired at age 62 and volunteered at Baylor Carrollton Hospital as a concierge. He loved the volunteer work and his fellow volunteers became treasured friends.
 
Tom’s mother and father left him a legacy of faith in Christ, the importance of a good work ethic, sense of responsibility, and moral character. Although health issues prevented him from doing some of the things he loved to do like gardening, travel and writing, he enjoyed participating in Bible study and activities with our small group. We know he is with Jesus and has left behind the pain and illness he experienced. Now he is experiencing the joy of being at his final, eternal home.
 
Tom leaves behind his beloved wife, Donna, and mother, Ruth, brothers, Terry and wife Sally Thomas, Vince and wife Linda Thomas and Mark Thomas; Sister-in- law Rhonda Skinner and her husband John; Terry Pace and wife MaryAnn. Nieces and nephews: Kristie Thomas Landwair; Michelle Thomas; Wesley Thomas; Kyle and Kira Thomas; Alicia and Tony; Jared and Camille; Kaylee, Alyssa, Dahlia, Olivia and Blake. He was preceded in death by his father Allen, sister-in- law Teresa Thomas and nephew Jonathan Skinner. Tom’s family would like to thank the church family at Metrocrest Community Church for their love and support during this challenging time.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fisher Houses, which provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury (www.fisherhouse.org), or to Metrocrest Community Church.


Message v. Medium

I was picking up my son from work, and across the street was a woman wearing a sandwich board. On one side it said that God punishes sinners, and on the other that Jesus was the only way to escape God’s wrath.
 
If the goal of the sandwich board was to provoke discussion, then it accomplished its purpose. David and I talked about the message all the way home. His comments reflected on a punishing, condemning God. I expressed my sorrow that the bluntness of the message prevented the very result it was trying to achieve. Because if the sandwich board was supposed to draw people closer to God, then it failed utterly, portraying God as a bully and reducing the person of Jesus Christ to get-out-of-jail-free card.

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He speaks

Do you ever wonder how God communicated with man back then? When you think of the Old Testament heroes— Abraham, Joseph, Moses, etc. — all of them seemed to have a profound connection with the Almighty; Scripture implying that the conversation was loud and clear. “Leave the land of your father.” “This is what the dreams mean.” “Hit that rock.”
 
Then there are the prophets. The ones who proclaimed the very words of God, which they must have directly heard from Him.. somehow. Personally, it would have to be very clear that God told Hosea to marry a prostitute, for example.

The bigger question weighing on many of our hearts is, does God still speak? And if so, then how?


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Undivided

As many of you know, I had a personal epiphany in adult Sunday School last year. We were studying 1 Corinthians 7, about how single people are missing an important aspect of life; they lack an important component of living that marriage provides lots of; and nowadays, single people are finding it outside marriage, even though marriage is the only appropriate setting for it. I am speaking, of course, of
distraction.
 
1 Corinthians 7:32b-34 says:

An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs – how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world – how he can please his wife – and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs:  Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world – how she can please her husband.

So even when godly people are married to each other, their spouse – physically present and having needs – calls attention away from kingdom work. God created marriage, and rightly done it is a reflection of Christ’s love for His bride, the church. But it comes at the cost of divided interests. I can’t speak for men, but I know moms understand this division viscerally – even when she is alone, her kids are on her mind, even when they are old enough to have kids of their own. 
 

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Open Carry

Back in December, our church took the Open Carry policy and ran with it to make a short play about sharing the love of Jesus to others.  Just like a Texan’s ability to openly carry a firearm, the Christ follower should be able to openly carry Jesus as they participate in the day’s activities. While the metaphor can only go so far and may seem a little silly, let’s compare the two further.

1. To carry a firearm, even openly, you need a license. To get a license, you need a background check.

So if one plans to share Christ, they must first have a background check. We look back to remember who we were, so that when we present Christ to others, we remember more specifically, that we are no better than the person with whom we share.

We are the tax collector, in the back of the synagogue, beating our chests and yelling out “Father have mercy on me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:9-14)

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