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I recently read a message I’d given in 1984 and felt a mixture of embarrassment and surprise. Embarrassed because it seems inadequate now, and surprised by how much my worldview has changed. Twenty-five years from now, I might read these messages and have a similar reaction. I offer no guarantee that my work or words will endure the eroding effects of time. I can only assure you these thoughts have been helpful to me, and perhaps a few others, today. With that qualification, I offer them to you.

~ Philip

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Living in the Start Times

Living in the Start Times

We’re not living in the end times.  We’re living in the start times.  Something new is being born, and we’re feeling the birth pains. [prettyfilelink size="" src="https://philipgulley.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Living_In_The_Start_Times.pdf"...

What I Am For

What I Am For

I believe it is entirely possible to be fully opposed to a politician, to refute that politician, to utterly and thoroughly reject that politician’s vision for our nation, without hating that politician and those who might have voted for them.  Just as I will not let...

In Times Like These

In Times Like These

Friends, sometimes in a democracy, the crazy people get the microphone.  We need to remember they don’t speak for everyone, not even for most. [prettyfilelink size="" src="https://philipgulley.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/In_Times_Like_These.pdf"...

What Is A Saint?

What Is A Saint?

I was taught in my Catholic tradition that saints must be dead a certain number of years before we know they were saints.  But now I think we know who the saints are as soon as they leave us.  They are the souls who fill us with light, who strengthen us, who leave u...

What Is A Holy Day?

What Is A Holy Day?

A holy day is any day a child is educated, a song is sung, a picture is painted.  It is any day a Muslim, Christian, and Jew walk into a bar, not because it’s a joke, but because they are friends.  It is any day black lives matter.  Any day a police officer protects...

What is Baptism?

What is Baptism?

The Spirit that gives this new life has always been in us.  But one day we became aware of it, and said Yes! to it, and that was our moment of baptism.  Or maybe our baptism was more gradual, a slow wakening over time, a dawning awareness.  All we know is this, that...

What is Communion?

What is Communion?

When I was growing up in the church, I believed communion happened once a week, using bread and wine blessed by the priest. Now I believe communion is a state, a condition, we can live in. [prettyfilelink size=""...

What Is Worship?

What Is Worship?

I have only experienced a God who feels about you and me the way I feel when I am surrounded by people I love, who love me also.  The joy of that, the delight of that, the lovely promise of that. [prettyfilelink size=""...

Blessed Are The Curious

Blessed Are The Curious

So I say, “Blessed are the curious.”  Blessed are those who do not rely upon blind faith, who do not settle for half-truths.  Blessed are those who pry and poke and snoop and explore.  Blessed are those who question doctrine, who doubt, who love truth more than...

Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day 2016

We in this country need a new definition of what it means to be a father, what it means to be a man.  The hunter/killer/he-man/man-is-the-head-of-the-household model of manhood must go.  Wherever that model of manhood has prevailed, in every country and culture where...

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7:00 pm Royal Theater, Danville IN @ Royal Theater
Royal Theater, Danville IN @ Royal Theater
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Holiday Memories – An Unforgettable Evening of Storytelling and Music with Philip Gulley and vocalist Holly Solis.  This is a fundraising event for Sycamore Services, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference[...]
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all-day Naples United Church of Christ, ... @ Naples United Church of Christ
Naples United Church of Christ, ... @ Naples United Church of Christ
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1:00 pm Naples United Church of Christ, ... @ Naples United Church of Christ
Naples United Church of Christ, ... @ Naples United Church of Christ
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lecture “Unlearning God”