thoughts and ideas to help you live a happier life


I have just added a new blog page about the upcoming pilgrimage trip we will be taking soon. My intention is to post pictures and text as we go along for those who want to keep up with the trip.

There is, under events, information about a Fourth of July Fireworks watching party.

After the talk given in Ordinary Life on June 1, I posted on the Extraordinary Matters page, two additional models of ego and self development. One is that of  Erik Erikson's - which focused exclusively on the ego and the other is a second model used by Richard Rohr. I hope you find them useful.

If you would like to see Rohr's concept of "the Cosmic Egg," go to

A new blog page has been added to this site. It will be devoted to teachings about having a "daily spiritual practice."

The Ordinary Life class has generously supported many endeavors over the years. One of these is the Global Aids Interfaith Alliance. Recently we received a full report of what your contributions do. See the recent post under Extraordinary Matters

New to this site, under "extraordinary matters" you can now find a version of the "announcement slides" used at the beginning of Ordinary Life. Some people requested access to the cartoons.

Also, Paul Jones, our Endowment speaker from last year has had an article published on the importance of "fact checking" to gain higher truth. I encourage you to read it.

For months now I have been guided in creating the talks I offer in Ordinary Life by Robert Funk's book, "The Gospel of Jesus." These talks have focused on what Jesus taught and the relevancy these teachings have for our lives. I have wanted to contribute to religious and spiritual literacy. Now, I am going to turn to some of the traditions that developed about Jesus. Clearly, in the first few centuries of the movement the grew from Jesus, people were so transformed that they would rather die for their new faith that give allegiance to Rome. What was that about and how can it have life-giving meaning for us in our culture and in this world.

I am calling this new series, "Rethinking the Resurrection." The question I am raising and trying to answer are:

1. How did these stories first develop?

2. What did they mean to those who first told and heard them?

3. What relevance do they have for us in our effort to grow into more loving and free human beings?

Everyone is welcome at Ordinary Life. I hope you'll join the journey.

Much love,

Bill Kerley

Dr. Bill Kerley

Dr. Bill Kerley

Dr. Bill Kerley

I like to think of myself as someone who knows the principles and practices that people can use to enhance and enlarge every aspect of their lives.

What is "Ordinary Life" all about?

Every dissatisfaction we have with our lives is a result of a conflict between what is actually true and what we believe to be true. When we learn to give up beliefs about how life "ought to be", we are given brand new possibilities for living life as it is - right then and there!

This "letting go" process is not easy because we have spent a lifetime coming to believe that the life we want/deserve is "out there" somewhere. Or, we have come to believe that because of certain events and experiences in our past, our lives are destined to "be" a certain way.

Among other things, the Ordinary Life class will focus on: 

• What it means to be alive and aware. 

• More on the gospel of Jesus than the Jesus of the gospels. 

• More on being the way than the way to be. 

• And on the principles and practices we can put in place in our lives to experience these things and not just know about them.

This is not a class for the faint of heart but for those who are willing to be involved in the journey to wholeness by living life as it is, for those who are willing to have the courage to be themselves. If you are interested in these benefits, this could be the class for you.

We meet at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Fondren Hall, second floor of the Jones Building.

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