The e-mail message we received the other day read:

When I was a pastor about 20 miles south of Charlotte, NC, I received a mail-out from you when you were in Colorado. I ordered (and still have) your original plastic-ring, self-published version of your work, Strategy of the Dolphin, and soon thereafter, I was moved by my Bishop to a textile mill congregation. I knew nothing about how they thought.

I took all of my continuing education money and went to Fort Collins for your seminar. When I returned I found that my mill congregation was mostly visually oriented so I bought a set of your overhead slides and began to teach and preach a combination of modern Bible: SOD and William Glasser’s Reality Therapy (or “Choice Theory” as it is now called). To force a critical discipline on myself, I began pursuing a doctorate from a Presbyterian Church USA school near San Francisco. I did workshops with local people using all that material.

During the same time period, I traveled to Plano, Texas, and absorbed more of your wisdom. After that parish, I was moved to a rural-becoming-suburban church south of Charlotte, NC, where I wrote my 250-page doctoral dissertation, which was accepted. There was never a church where I served in my 41-year career where I did hot have your paradigms in the back of my mind as I prepared my sermons and organizational direction. I retired to Edisto, SC, in 2001 and lived there until 2006 when we had to move nearer our son in Spartanburg, where we now reside. I just wanted to say that you, William Glasser (the son of a Rabbi) and Jesus of Nazareth together formed much of my preaching and teaching, but I could not get the uneducated congregations I served to buy your books etc. Sorry!

This is from the Rev. James P. Rush, who spent 41 years in the ministry. He is one of those remarkable personalities who has devoted most of his life to urging the soul of the American South to reformulate its better instincts and act constructively on its native possibilities. We are proud to have known him during much of that time and are exceedingly grateful that some of our ideas proved useful to him. Thanks for writing, Jim, and take care!

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  1. Haunted says:

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  2. Aya says:

    I just wanted to say I found your blog last night and I love it! You are innpirisg without being intimidating or taking yourself too seriously. You’re younger than me and super cute and yet you don’t make me feel bad about myself (not that you would do than on purpose ;) .You make me feel like I can do what you do. Thank you! Keep up the great work!

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