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Tom Goodman is the author of The Anchor Course, an introduction to Christianity for individuals and small groups ( He is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, and he holds a doctorate from New Orleans Seminary. He has served as pastor in Louisiana, north Texas, and overseas in Grand Cayman before becoming the pastor of Hillcrest Church in Austin, Texas. Diane and Tom have been married since their days at Baylor University, and they have two sons, Michael and Stephen. Tom enjoys scuba diving, watching the latest Netflix DVD with Diane, and chasing mis-hit golf balls.

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What Does It Mean to "Remain" In Jesus?

Jesus expected us to "abide" in him; a reader asks how to do this

From Gratitude to God

She felt an overwhelming sense of what could only be described as gratitude, and for her that implied a Giver. It led her on a search for someone ...

The Paris Attacks: Imagine No Religion?

John Lennon's "Imagine" is a popular response to the Paris attacks. Here's the problem with the "religion-is-the-problem" response.

The Significance of Sex

Why limit the wonderful gift of sex to a husband and wife within the bond of marriage?

Maybe “An American” but not “An American Tolkien”

"A Game of Thrones" and "The Lord of the Rings" were each built on two very different worldviews.

Sweet Tea for the Soul

Discipleship is a matter of "reckoning" our union with Christ to be true

"Tempting as it is to dismiss the malleability of sexual orientation, resist ...

William Saletan comes close to describing what Christians call discipleship.

What Does the Bible Say About Mental Illness?

The popular assumption is that ancient people attributed mental illness to the supernatural until science set them right. Is this a fair assessment...

"We Must Have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars"

What the crucifixion of Christ can teach us about God in the midst of a broken world.

"We admit, however covertly, the existence of transcendent values"

Review of Luc Ferry's "A Brief History of Thought"

Sustaining During Suffering By Focusing on the Beloved

No matter how neatly we arrange our worldview, suffering scrambles it. Focusing on the Beloved can help.

An Interfaith Discussion

On Jan. 19, 2015, members of the Austin interfaith community gathered at the King Seabrook Chapel at Huston-Tillotson University for the discussion...

The Perceived Irrelevance of Christianity's Intellectual History

Philosopher and author Luc Ferry says that for years he knew "more or less nothing about the intellectual history of Christianity"

That's Scripture?

In "12 Years a Slave" the Bible is quoted by every character, not just slave owners. The Bible may be mismanaged by fallible humans for a time, but...

The Nûn and the Nones

In one part of the world people identify with the convenient label “None” while in another part of the world people accept the costly label “Nûn.”

Agents for Peace in a Diverse World

The more we “get” the gospel, the better we can live and work with those who don’t accept our claims

Tom Goodman shared Tom Goodman's post Sustaining During Suffering By Focusing on the Beloved

No matter how neatly we arrange our worldview, suffering scrambles it. Focusing on the Beloved can help.