Author Archives: chappelltemple

A Dream for Methodists

Maybe it’s the futon we’ve been sleeping on in England. Or the conversation I had last night over a duck and cranberry pie with an English Methodist leader. But it crept into my mind all the same, especially after thinking … Continue reading

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A Bridge Back to God

It’s called the Bridge of Strings and when it opened in Jerusalem in 2008, like so many other things in that city, it was controversial, criticized as too extravagant by some, and as out of its element by others as … Continue reading

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Will You Still Need Me? Will You Still Feed Me?

I was just fourteen when the song came out, but according to the story, Paul actually wrote it many years earlier when he was only sixteen himself. He forgot all about it until his own father’s special birthday nine years … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Love (Revisited)

(Originally posted on February 14, 2013; reposted today because… well,  you can never have too much love!)  No one seems to know exactly who he was but the stories abound. Some early church records list a number of martyrs by … Continue reading

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Happy Hogmanay

No doubt many folks will sing his words tonight without the foggiest notion of either the author’s story or even what the words themselves may mean. For most of us probably can’t get past the first line before we resort … Continue reading

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“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” (Luke 18.8) As advent dawns, another year Both full of hope and full of fear Slips forth and fills our atmosphere.               … Continue reading

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The Donkey, The Elephant and The Lamb

It was Harvey Cox, a professor I studied with long ago in Boston, who said it most succinctly: “not to decide is to decide.” Sometimes, however, the choices don’t seem to be all that choice when it comes to elections. … Continue reading

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