Life in the Muddle: Christian living in the between-spaces

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ISBN: 9781457539695
122 pages

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Welcome

In this day and age, people often define their religious truths in black and white. Comforting, sure, but how to apply such absolutes in a concrete, meaningful way to everyday life? In this sermon series, Dr. Chuck Simmons asks the Christian reader to consider that God – and therefore truth – lies in the muddle of that everyday life. His compilation explores the very human concepts of patience, doubt, forgiveness, cynicism, wonder, and hope.

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About Dr. Chuck Simmons

Charles B. Simmons is the tenured Senior Minister of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, a large, vibrant congregation in Houston, Texas. He is known nationally as a dynamic preacher, dedicated pastor and respected leader among Methodists. A native of Louisiana and graduate of Centenary College, Chuck earned his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Emory University, plus Certificat at the Institut Ecumenique, University of Geneva, Switzerland, as the Methodist Fellow.

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Excerpt

Increasingly, as a theologian and pastor, I count flexibility as the sign of authentic faith. It is a rare attribute among religious people today, however. Even, maybe especially, among Christians there is too much rigidity. Poor theology hardens into beliefs that confine God’s present and future actions to past comprehensions. The familiar limits our ability to understand the fullness of God’s love. Whereas, faith lures and bends us beyond the known to new revelation. It gives us more to think about. Faith makes room in our minds for the surprises of grace.

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