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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

The Man and the Birds, 2017

For over five years, I have published an original blog every Thursday, although I have repeated a few special ones.  But this year, for only the second time, I am printing a story by someone else.  I printed it once … Continue reading

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The Memory Box, 2017

After several years of not having a Christmas tree at all and before that 25 years with an artificial tree, I went “all in” and got a live tree this year.  Then I had to find the decorations.   I finally … Continue reading

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Tracks in the Snow 2017

At this time of year many old favorite programs from years past return to the airwaves.  So souletosoul joins that tradition.  Many years ago I wrote this basic story and submitted it to the Huntsville Times newspaper.  It was printed … Continue reading

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To Santa Claus or Not to Santa Claus

When I went to kindergarten in Winnebago, Minnesota, there were two other boys on the same block who were in my class, David Pettit and Steve Bonebrake.  Interestingly enough they are still in my life through Facebook.  The three mothers … Continue reading

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Thanksliving 2017

We are entering the time when we watch a lot of reruns of favorite holiday programs.  So, since I am putting this up a week from Thanksgiving Day, I would like to share a column I posted before concerning being … Continue reading

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If you attend worship services from time to time, you are probably familiar with “preacher stories”.  These are stories that may or may not be true, but the meaning is true and they teach a lesson.  One of the elements … Continue reading

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Fitbit Fakeout

I wear a Fitbit tracker almost constantly.  The only time I take it off is to recharge it and when I shower.  It measures the steps I take all day and my sleep at night.  But one morning I woke … Continue reading

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Harvey Weinstein and Church Camp

All the talk of Harvey Weinstein and the #me too campaign has done a good job of focusing attention on a subject we would rather sweep under the carpet.  Several prominent Hollywood figures have said they had no idea it was … Continue reading

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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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