Posts by: Thomas Batson

Lost Key

Well I had myself a bit of a scare yesterday. After traveling back from the dry cleaners, I realized my room key was not in my left front pocket (where it usually lives). Luckily, I had left my door unlocked since the dry cleaners was only about 200 yards away. Upon entering my room and […]

If We Love it Enough

Easter sermons are always memorable to me for some reason. Perhaps, it is the complete joy and wholesomeness I feel on Easter morning. Or perhaps, it is due to an increased attentiveness after the horn quintet has finished blaring, “Christ the Lord Has Risen Today.” Either way, I felt a strong connection to the Dean’s […]

A Dinner with Two Doctors

Tonight I had dinner with my step-cousin and his wife at a dimly-lit French place in Cambridge. The food was both interesting and delicious. One memorable dish was a fried rabbit leg, for better or worse. However, our conversation over this dinner was all the more interesting. Both my cousin and his wife are practicing doctors. […]

God’s Plan

Drake, the hip-hop mogul and rapper of global fame, came out with a single entitled “God’s Plan” a few weeks ago. To be completely honest, I think the song is actually really good. The beat, like much of Drake’s work, is danceable and inventively suave. The lyrics resemble his thoughts on how through adversity he […]

Sermons on Sunday Mornings

The Sunday Morning sermon study is a thing of beauty. For the last two weeks, the conversation has flowed spontaneously with theological insight, moral questioning, and ethical dilemma. Deep questions such as, “Is it sinful to think a sinful action, or is it only sinful to carry out that action?” and “What is freedom?” are […]

Trust and Growth

This week, I sat down to write my first Lent Devotion. The theme I had chosen was “Growth,” a concept that I’ve thought a lot about since I first started here at BU. In fact, one of the first things I asked myself in the first week of classes freshman year was, “How will I […]

In the Beginning…

Last Thursday, I was tasked with reading Genesis for my English class. The class deals with major works and authors including the likes of Virgil and Homer, and yes the Bible too. I bought the required King James Version Bible to study and write in throughout the semester so I wouldn’t mark up my third grade […]

Piano Lessons

Today I gave a friend a piano lesson. She had talked about wanting to learn for awhile and eventually she asked me to help her out, and I agreed. As I sat explaining the basics of the instrument and musical notation, I felt a stream of memories rush into my conscience. Surprisingly, most of the […]

The Future of the United Methodist Church

What is to become of the United Methodist Church? This is a question I have been grappling with for the last year or so. What is my role in a denomination in turmoil? What is the answer to a complicated divide over homosexuality? How will young adults like myself, raised, educated, and formed in the […]


This Sunday, Dean Hill preached a sermon on the concept of “Welcome.” One of his main points included that presence and invitation were vital to a welcome. I was lucky enough to welcome my Dad back to Boston this past weekend. Once I got out of class on Friday, I walked back to my dorm and […]