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About edwardsoule

The Rev. Dr. Edward A. Soule is now a retired United Methodist pastor who served 28 years as a minister in churches around the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before that, he was in Christian radio for 10 years and was a Baptist minister for two years. Over the years, Ed has also been a teacher in public schools, a private school principal, and taught at a Bible college. He has a B.A. from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN; a M. Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary; and a D. Min. from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH. Ed has been married to Deborah (Mendelson) for 32 years. She is the executive director of Partnership for a Drug Free Community. They currently reside in the Hampton Cove community of Huntsville, AL, where Ed enjoys walking with their dog, Churchill, daily and keeping up the landscaping. "Dr. Edward" is available to speak to churches and other groups, pulpit supply, and interim work in the north Alabama/southern Tennessee area. Contact through this blog or directly at

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

I posted this blog last year, but it bears repeating, especially since my sister found out how much of our family descends from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.  If you read it then, you probably have forgotten the details anyway. … Continue reading

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Sledding on the Street

Recent weather forecasts have shown that winter is not over for much of the United States.  So I still have time to share another winter memory from childhood.  As I stated in a previous blog, we lived in the city … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, Billy

Almost everyone has some sort of Billy Graham story.  Some are positive and some are negative, but at some level, most of us have some memory of this unique individual.  He was human and had his flaws, yet his impact … Continue reading

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Why Does God Allow Evil? (2018)

I addressed this subject six months ago, but with the recent shooting in Florida, I sadly feel the need to repeat it.  With the death of Rev. Billy Graham, there have been several soundbites of his statements.  One of them … Continue reading

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Walls or Bridges?

With Lent starting, I was going to concentrate on that, but watching the Olympics brought something different to mind. When I was the pastor of a church in Ft. Payne, one of the families hosted an exchange student from Germany.  … Continue reading

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Snowball Damage?

In the fall of 1955, we moved from the little town of Winnebago, MN (pop. 2000) to Spokane, WA (pop. 150,000 at the time).  It was a whole new world to me.  We lived in a nice neighborhood near the … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day, 2018

This may seem a little familiar, like you may have seen just a year ago, but in keeping with the movie, that is normal.  Actually it is a rerun from last year with a few edits.  But it is still … Continue reading

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Racial Harmony

Last week was highlighted by two significant events in Huntsville, AL.  On Monday night (MLK Day), I attended a large gathering sponsored by the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship, a mostly African-American ministers group of which I am a member.  Then … Continue reading

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Nik Dag

Sitting in my warm house, watching the few snowflakes gently falling and listening to announcers warning us to stay home unless absolutely necessary, reminds me of my days in snow country in Minnesota and Washington.  A few flakes here in … Continue reading

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Becoming Disciples

Every year around this time, several scriptures are used in a devotional book I use which include the phrase or similar, “they left everything and followed him.” (Matthew 4:20 & 22/Mark 1:18 & 20; Luke 5:11)    Every time I … Continue reading

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