Tom's church

Ozark Christian College
Joplin, Missouri 64801

About Tom
  • Education: Bachelor of Theology in New Testament [Ozark Christian College) Master of Arts in New Testament (Cincinnati Bible Seminary) Master of Arts in Church History-Liturgical History emphasis (Cincinnati Bible Seminary) Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family (Abilene Christian University)
  • Experience: Three years with Christ In Youth, Inc. (Joplin, MO) Eight years as Pastor of the North Syracuse (NY) Christian Church Sixteen years at Kentucky Christian College, serving as Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry in the last two years of that time. One year at Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO)
  • Family: My wife is Linda (formerly Robison). I have four children. TJ (b. 1981), Nathan (b. 1983), Stephen (b. 1985), and Brenda (b. 1988). The three boys are all students at Ozark preparing for ministry or missions.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Every day you must choose whether you intend to stand in front of the cross or behind it.
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Newest Sermons

  • It Was Not A Silent Night

    Contributed on May 17, 2004
    based on 18 ratings

    The Incarnation as Noisy Reality, not Quiet Theology

    It Was NOT a Silent Night Incarnation Reality and Myth Introduction: Illustration (humor): Christmas is a time of surprises. A lady was preparing her Christmas cookies. There came a knock at the door. She went to find a man, his clothes poor, obviously looking for some Christmas odd jobs. more

  • A Prayer In A Time Of National Tragedy

    Contributed on Sep 14, 2001
    based on 121 ratings

    A prayer, rather than a sermon, that somehow seemed more fitting as a message for these days of brokenness and united sorrow.

    A prayer in the wake of tragedy of September 11th, 2001 O God our help in ages past, We did not choose this time, this moment. Like generations before us we have lived in safety and ease, and have read of those beyond living memory who were awakened by the clarion call of a nation under more

  • Do You Love Me? A Haunting Question For A Busy Church

    Contributed on Jan 6, 2001
    based on 219 ratings

    An inductive sermon exploring the idolatry of our (often Christian) busyness in light to the need for "Sabbath times" of relationship-building

    DO YOU LOVE ME? A Haunting Question for a Busy Church John 21:15-17 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15 I love my wife Linda. I do. Now, to be honest, there are times that I do not enjoy being with her. But I do love her. To be painfully honest, she’s not a very exciting person for me to talk. more

  • Plugging Into Power

    Contributed on Dec 22, 2000
    based on 205 ratings

    Keys to the power of prayer from Nehemiah chapter one

    PLUGGING INTO POWER Nehemiah Chapter 1 ILLUSTRATION Back street in London is an old powerhouse that once shook all of England. You might be surprised at its size, no larger than a small bedroom. No generators, no nuclear reactors, just more

  • Home

    Contributed on Dec 16, 2000
    based on 136 ratings

    A Narrative Sermon on Heaven as Home

    It was a warm day in the summer in Grayson. Our windows were open, so it was easy to hear him, even though he was still half a block away: "Ma! Ma!" TJ, our oldest son, had been our playing with his friends. And, as usual, he was barefoot. And, you already know what happened. He discovered more

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