Laura Felleman

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Name: Laura Felleman
Date registered: August 21, 2012
URL: http://formandpower.blogspot.com/

Latest posts

  1. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Loving our Enemies: advice from the Buddhist tradition — January 25, 2015
  2. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: 44% of Nebraska public school students are low-income — January 17, 2015
  3. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: The Relaxed Spirit — January 11, 2015
  4. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: In Praise of the Church Committee — January 4, 2015
  5. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: The Great Danger in Today’s World — December 31, 2014

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Jan 25 2015

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Loving our Enemies: advice from the Buddhist tradition

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2015/01/loving-our-enemies-advice-from-buddhist.html


This is a podcast from the radio show "On Being".  Two Buddhist teachers give practical advise on how to cultivate a loving attitude towards enemies.  Their advise is more psychological than religious and thus easily translated into a Christian perspective.

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Jan 17 2015

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: 44% of Nebraska public school students are low-income

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2015/01/44-of-nebraska-public-school-students.html



The report is posted on the Southern Education Foundation website.  The Washington Post coverage of the report is available here.  When you teach on "the least of these" from Matthew 25, this report will provide you with current examples of who the least among us are in American society today.

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Jan 11 2015

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: The Relaxed Spirit

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-relaxed-spirit.html


Photo by Rev. Dr. Jane Florence.
Some reflections from this morning's Baptism of the Lord Sunday.

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Jan 04 2015

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: In Praise of the Church Committee

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2015/01/in-praise-of-church-committee.html


This is a sermon I preached in 2006 on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.  The references to the Enron scandal are now dated.  Unfortunately, there are plenty of current scandals from which to choose if you want to deliver a similar message on July 26, 2015.

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Dec 31 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: The Great Danger in Today’s World

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-great-danger-in-todays-world.html


The 60 Minutes episode on Pope Francis motivated me to look up the pope's writings about the Church's mission to the poor.   The first result from the internet search was his 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudiu.  Its opening paragraphs bring to mind John Wesley's doctrinal sermon on the role that money should pay in the life of a Christian.  See part two of the sermon and then compare it to paragraph two of "The Joy of the Gospel"--
2. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.  Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.  God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.  This is a very real danger for believers too.  Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless.  That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.
New Year's Eve is an appropriate time to engage in self-reflection, and these words from the pontiff are a fitting cultural observation to guide our inner assessment.  Here's some searching questions you might pose to yourself as you enter 2015:

  1. How influenced am I by the culture described by the pope?
  2. What do I desire more than anything else?
  3. What do I spend my time feverishly pursuing?
  4. What am I caught up in?
  5. Is there a place for the poor in my life?
  6. Can I hear God's voice?
  7. Do I feel Christ's quiet joy?
  8. Is my desire to do good fading?
  9. What makes me resentful, angry and listless?
  10. Am I living a dignified and fulfilled life?
  11. Am I living God's will for me?
  12. Do my actions and attitudes reflect the life of the Spirit, the heart of the risen Christ, and the joy of the Gospel?

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Dec 29 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Sam Baker interview

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/12/sam-baker-interview.html


Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross recently rebroadcast an interview with Sam Baker.  His description of his near death experience is worth a listen as is his song "Go in peace."  If you are planning an evening worship service, "Go in peace" would make a lovely benediction.

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