In Solid Souls, Rev. Jones shows the reader how to see life with eternal eyes; love more fully; and make everyday choices that reflect values, goals, and faith - leading to a more solid soul
In a bold new work titled Solid Souls, St. Andrew United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Rev. Arthur Jones presents a simple, powerful, and thought-provoking message, “Your small, everyday choices have eternal effect.” While some feel like the state of our souls comes down to one big spiritual decision in life, Jones explains that our soul is shaped by life’s everyday decisions, not just a few big ones. On August 8, at noon, the community is invited to a lively discussion and Q&A by Rev. Arthur Jones at a “Lunch with the Author,” in Smith Worship Center at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, at 5801 W. Plano Parkway. The event, which is open to the public, includes free lunch and child care. The purchase of one book per family is required to attend.
In Solid Souls, Rev. Jones weaves together Scripture, history, theology, and pop culture to reclaim the ancient concept of a soul. Each chapter is intended to help the reader understand the immediate and eternal consequences of daily choices, increase awareness and insight, care more deeply, love more fully, and think in new ways about relationships and the choices that define them.
“A soul is not afterlife vapor but something very real and very specific: the resurrection of the body,” said Jones. “Jesus’ message is that the kingdom of heaven is here now. The choices that we make in every moment lead us toward heaven or away from it. In Solid Souls, it is my hope to help people see their lives and the lives of others with eternal eyes, love more fully, and make everyday choices that reflect individual values, goals, and faith – making their souls more solid.”
A fifth generation Methodist Minister, Rev. Jones grew up in churches across North Texas and recently became the second senior pastor in St. Andrew’s 35-year history, following in the footsteps of his beloved friend and mentor, Rev. Robert Hasley. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Duke Divinity School and the co-author of Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age. Arthur is married to Becky, and they are the parents of two children.
“As we look toward the future, this is a book to help guide us in choosing a trajectory in life that makes our souls more solid, and in the process, helps us to live our best lives and, ultimately, become better people,” added Jones.
Registration is $25 per family and includes one hardcover copy of Solid Souls as well as lunch for all family members and child care. To register for a “Lunch with the Author,” visit https://invte.pub/JonesLunch. Solid Souls is a new release by Invite Press.
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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.
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