Messages in the Mall: Looking at Life in 600 Words Or Less

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Church Publishing, Inc., 2008 - Religion - 149 pages
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For more than a decade the author has been writing a "Saturday religion column," syndicated in ten newspapers in the 14 counties of Pennsylvania that comprise the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.  The "600 words or less" in the subtitle comes form the rigorous discipline of writing to strict space requirements.  The intent of the columns is to engage the secular culture and to bring the church's message to it by commenting on the realities of the human condition and on issues of general interest.  This book is a compilation of many of the columns, organized along thematic lines.

This book will be an ideal cross-denominational trade book for individual reading or group use.  The short-take format lends itself to episodic reading and will appeal to the individual daily-prayer market.  Clergy will find the book an excellent source for sermon ideas.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
The First Column February 1997
5
Virtues and Vices
7
Maturity the Accessible Virtue
8
Pride Is a Silly Thing to Die For
9
Accepting Responsibility Leads to Life
11
Embracing Necessary Pain
12
Encouragement Curiosity and Cutting Slack
14
Exporting Cultural Homicide
80
A Positive Tax Revolt
81
Words Are a Lens
82
Patterns of Daily Action Make a People
84
Losing Innocence
85
Shall We Fund Education or Institutionalize Poverty and Racism?
87
Recapturing Public Moral Sense
88
My Money Is on the Moral Questions
90

Overcoming Perfectionism
15
Being Pleasant
16
Accepting Consequences
18
Is Telling the Truth Irrelevant?
19
The Importance of Pulling Weeds
21
Patient Prophecy in an Elevator
22
On Eating Together
23
Conflict Advances Truth
25
Of Frogs and Sailors
26
Whats That Funny Smell?
28
Not Far from the Kingdom
31
In the Water with Us
32
Looking at Lifes Signals
34
God and the Solitary Golfer
35
Beating the Inner Reptile
36
What Do They Eat?
38
The Practical Atheist
39
Finding God
41
Religion Gave Him the Wrong God
42
Faith Is What You Die For Dogma Is What You Kill For
44
Learning from What Jesus Did Not Do
45
What Makes Grace Amazing
46
Stop Being So Humble
48
Bittersweet Love
51
New Years Resolutions for Lovers
53
Desire and Forgiveness
54
Love and Adventure
56
Making Love
57
A Grownup Valentine
58
The Ultimate Human Communion
60
Public Issues
63
Scoundrels Hijack Our Values
64
A Time for Examination
66
Can We Think Together?
67
The Last of the Good Negroes
69
Elected Officials Need Vision
71
Sick or Healthy
72
Getting over the Pursuit of Happiness
74
Unsung Heroes All around Us
75
Our Duty to Oppose War in Iraq
78
Preaching to the Choir Church Life
93
On Daily Hunger
94
In Praise of Name Tags
96
What I Have Learned from Women Clergy
97
The Da Vinci Opportunity
98
Son of Encouragement
100
There Must Be Boundaries in Churches
101
Forgiven but Not Absolved
103
God Changed the Retirement Age Before Social Security Did
104
Religion after the Garage Roof
106
Churches That Want to Grow Sacrifice
107
Conversations with Others
109
Is That the Bishop in the Dumpster?
110
The ChristKiller in My House
112
Godless Orthodoxy and Holy Compassion
113
Mary the Mother of Jesus and
115
We Know Less than We Think about the Faith of Others
116
Why Do Churches Exist?
118
Holidays and Holy Hays
121
Our Debt to Coal Miners Labor Day
123
Holy But Not Necessarily Nice All Saints
124
Shape the World with Two Words Thanksgiving
125
A Time for Longing Hope Change Advent
127
Is Somebody Out There Having a Good Time? Christmas
128
Behind the Tinsel Christmas
130
In Swaddling Accessibility Christmas
131
Ask a Question New Year
133
Messages for Latecomers at the Manger Epiphany
134
A Word to My Fellow Failures January
135
Groundhog Day February 2
137
Were All African American This Month Black History Month
138
We Walk Before We Run Ash Wednesday
140
Changing Our Reality Lent
141
Giving Up Victimhood for Lent
142
Sorting for Sameness Lent
144
You Could Make a Movie Out of It Holy Week
145
If Christ Has Not Been Raised Easter
147
When the End Is the Beginning Easter
148
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The Right Rev. Paul V. Marshall is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a noted scholar and writer

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