Hospitality in the Black Church

Passionate Worship

Passionate Worship

Jesus’ commands to love God and love neighbor demonstrate that one of the most important things we do as disciples of Jesus Christ is to seek and create opportunities to welcome and accept one another in love. While loving God and neighbor, we seek to build relationships that foster mutual care, acceptance, and worth.  In recent years, there has been a clarion call within the church to recapture the church’s ministry within the community by focusing on mission and outreach programs; however, many churches have failed to continuously evaluate and enhance their ministries and systems for welcoming and hospitality.


Why nobody goes to my church anymore

TKD Raven Mandolin



Q: What do you call someone who hangs out with bluegrass musicians?

A: Banjo Player

Q: How can you tell if a banjo player has perfect pitch?

A: He can trow it into a dumpster without hitting the rim.

Q: Why did the mass murder at the Banjo convention go unsolved?

A: There were no dental records, all the victims had the same DNA, and nobody was reported missing.

Welcome to the Historic District, LaGrange, GA.

Let’s play with some pics:

These are some houses I see every day when I walk around our neighborhood near campus: For real.



And this is just around the corner:  Bellevue mansion, circa 1835.


800px-Bellevue_(LaGrange,_Georgia)And then there’s this…Hills and Dales Estate, the home of the Callaway family, benefactors of the towns and textile mill barons, 1870’s through 1950’s.  The matron loved to have boxwoods that were sculpted to form words.  Nothing to see there…

8367053225_3dfec7a7ed_bThat’s a taste of the place LC calls home…historic downtown!

Mary Day 2016

As twins, Mary and Emma share a birthday.  Each year, we also give each of them a day that’s all their own when we celebrate them individually.  August 15 was “Mary Day,” chosen because it’s also the feast day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Mary loves whales.  We visited Marineland in Niagara Falls, ON, on Friday so that she could see the beluga whales they have there. She had never seen a real live whale before, and she was ecstatic!   NaNa and Emma baked this cake for her, and iced it to look “like a beluga in a tank.”

A picture of Mary Thomason posing with her cake, topped with a whale figurine

Mary Day 2016 Cake


And now for something completely different….