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Pastor Thomas has been the Lead Pastor at WSUMC since July 2015. He has a B.S. in Psychology from Ferrum College and an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary.

The People of God Who Do No Harm Rev. Thomas G. James April 7, 2024 Watch

The first of the General Rules is “Do no Harm.” Sounds easy, right? Perhaps not. This isn’t a passive avoidance of intentionally doing harm to another person. This means declaring solidarity with people from all walks of life, and being intentional about the way we live in community with those whose way of life differs from our own.

Again & Again, the Sun Rises Rev. Thomas G. James March 31, 2024 Watch

According to Mark, on the first day of the week, the women rise with the sun and buy spices to anoint Jesus’ body. They are shocked to find the tomb empty, and leave in fear and terror. Mark’s resurrection story is less triumphant than the other Gospel testimonies (as scholars believe the remainder of Mark’s gospel was a later addition). In Mark’s version, we are reminded that Easter comes to us, again and again, even if we don’t know what to make of God’s resurrection ways. Again and again, the sun rises. And some days, that is enough.

Again & Again, We Are Reformed Rev. Thomas G. James March 17, 2024 Watch

We desire for God to write on our hearts so that God’s law can re-shape and re-form us from the inside out. Reformation is a journey of letting the old fall away for something new to emerge, of returning to God’s words over and over, of being drawn into the heart of God. This is the process of justification and sanctification; transformation must be internal and communal.

Again & Again, God Loves First Rev. Thomas G. James March 10, 2024 Watch

We desire for God to write on our hearts so that God’s law can re-shape and re-form us from the inside out. Reformation is a journey of letting the old fall away for something new to emerge, of returning to God’s words over and over, of being drawn into the heart of God. This is the process of justification and sanctification; transformation must be internal and communal.

Again & Again, We Are Shown the Way Rev. Thomas G. James March 3, 2024 Watch

According to John, Jesus begins his ministry by showing more than telling. In the temple, Jesus disrupts and overturns the systems of corruption and profiteering taking place, but ultimately points us to the promise of restoration. Paul reminds the Corinthians (and us) that God’s wisdom is more expansive than we can imagine. We are shown the way, even if God’s way feels foolish, counter-cultural, disruptive, or uncomfortable.

Again & Again, We Are Called to Listen Rev. Thomas G. James February 25, 2024 Watch

Like the disciples, we are often stuck in the pattern of messing up over and over again. We cling to power, we climb the ladder, we memorialize and commercialize Christ’s teachings rather than embodying them. However, we can’t be trapped by shame, guilt, ignorance, or inaction. Humility is required for transformation. Again and again, we are called to listen— to God and to others.

Again & Again, God Meets Us Rev. Thomas G. James February 18, 2024 Watch

God meets Jesus at the water before he is tempted in the wilderness—this is important. First and foremost, God claims us. God meets us in the liminal space, at the water’s edge, at the threshold of something new, and names us Beloved. God’s covenant with all of creation reminds us that God meets us where we are—in the midst of our reluctance, doubt, eagerness, or weariness—and proclaims we are good.