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A fourteen year old boy runs up to me, saying, "Pastor Jeff, Pastor Jeff, guess what?
"What", I respond.
"My mom got her tax check" the boy replied.
"What did you do?", I asked.
"You won't believe this, you just won't believe this", the boy said, " I had the best night of my life last night".
"What did you do" I replied impatiently.
The piece was difficult to play. I had spent about two months on it, meticulously playing it over and over trying to get it just right. My guitar teacher would have nothing less than perfection. Each week I would make progress, but, I just couldn't get through the Bach piece without messing up somewhere. So, he would send me home to work on it a little bit more.
I was just beginning to write about Josh when he rang my doorbell. He needed to borrow an extension cord to work on his car. Josh and I talk a lot. He has shared his life with me, much of it dark and depressing - - - abuse, drugs, jail, and only he and God know what else.
As as United Methodist statistics are my friend. In my conference we are pretty serious about our statistics. We keep track of how many people are coming to worship, Sunday school, short term classes, youth group, UMW, UMM, well...the list could continue.
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Review of Am I Living a Spiritual Life by Dr. Susan Muto
Not everything that calls itself "spiritual" really is. Some books on spirituality are little more than pop counseling and self-help books with scripture sprinkled through like window dressings. This is not the case with Dr. Susan Muto's book Am I Living a Spiritual Life. Muto is grounded in the foundational practices of the Christian life, church history, and Christ-centered living.
Newest in Transitions Section
How important is the place where you are? Does it really matter? Over the past year I've begin to work on a theology of place. I was in a class and Dr. Susan Muto said that the place where we are has an effect on who we are and who we become. She said St. Teresa wouldn't have been St. Teresa without Avila. With Castles all around her she wrote her spiritual classic Interior Castles. She also mentioned that St. Catherine wouldn't have been St. Catherine without Siena. The place where they were had an effect on who they became.
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Newest in Life Section
Over the past two months I have celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and moved. It was the moving part that really got me behind in just about everything. Next on my agenda is a class in my D. Min program. I'm feeling like I'm getting closer to catching up with everything. That includes this website and the Facebook page and other fun projects.