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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

Deborah and Barak

As many of you know, my wife Deborah died a week ago.  We had a wonderful time of remembrance on Monday.  A lot of good things about her life were brought to our thoughts.  But there were a few stories … Continue reading

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What About Natural Disasters?

2017 has had its share of troubles, especially in the Southeast United States, with disastrous hurricanes.  And the islands of the Caribbean have been devastated as well.  These may have prompted people to have real questions about God.  Several years … Continue reading

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Why Does God Allow Evil?

My computer is dead and I have ordered a new one, so I am having to rely on the kindness of friends for this.  After the awful events of Sunday in Las Vegas, we are forced to once more confront … Continue reading

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World Communion, 2017

Sunday, October 1, is World Communion Sunday on many church calendars.  It is a reminder that the Body of Christ (the Church) is much bigger than our local assemblies, our denominations, our nationalities.  The Church is everyone who believes in Christ … Continue reading

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It is kind of interesting how one word can mean different things in different circumstances.  In a recent Facebook post I used the word “shots” while talking about pictures.  But one friend who saw it thought immediately about gunshots.  And … Continue reading

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Not Such Boy Scouts

I was a Cub Scout, then a Boy Scout when I got older.  I had been in troops in Spokane and Vaughn, Washington, so when we moved to Winnebago, Minnesota, just before my freshman year in high school, my brother … Continue reading

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Be the Gospel

When ideas for this blog come to me, I write them down on a pad.  I use those words or phrases to help me put together my souletosoul blog.  Sometimes I write down phrases, and later have little to no idea … Continue reading

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Little Acts of Kindness

Out of the horror of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas, the good that has emerged has been the little (and some large) acts of kindness that have brought people help and hope and strength.  Hearing them has renewed my faith … Continue reading

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We Never Did It Like That Before

Sometimes, the way we have always done things is not the way we should do things now.  There is a story by Harry Emerson Fosdick, about a cultural crisis caused by new practices.  In the New Hebrides Islands, now known … Continue reading

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Eyes Like Jesus, 2017

In thinking about the events of recent days in Charlottesville, I found a souletosoul blog from a few years ago that addresses some of the basic issues.  What is needed is not confrontation but love.  The nonviolent movement of the … Continue reading

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