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In Times Like These

The extraordinary times in which we're living call followers of Jesus to take their identity and behavior from the Sermon on the Mount, says the Rev. Wes Magruder.

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Confessions of a Bad United Methodist

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has an outlook on United Methodism that turns more toward Jesus than the denomination's icon, the Book of Discipline. more »

Jan 28, 2016 1:53 PM Perspectives

You Choose: Was This a Worship Experience or Was It ...?

The Rev. Christy Thomas couldn't help comparing many aspects of a recent first-time experience with many qualities recommended by church growth experts. more »

Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM Christy Thomas

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All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance

That's the uncomfortable thing about following the teachings and example of Jesus, writes Cynthia B. Astle – like Christ with the rich young man, we're called to sacrifice what we hold most dear to do to what God wants us to do. more »

Jan 26, 2016 12:52 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments


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First Impressions from Portland

Still suffering a touch of jet lag, Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle shares her impressions of the 2016 General Conference agenda and its Portland, Ore., venue. more »

Jan 25, 2016 10:17 AM Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

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The Methodist Mutual Admiration Society

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes a dim view of the proceedings of the global United Methodist General Conference. more »

Jan 24, 2016 1:49 PM Perspectives

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The Wisdom of the Just

With a quote from legendary Methodist evangelist E. Stanley Jones, the Rev. Laura Felleman offers a Christian perspective on the inequalities of America's current economic transition. more »

Jan 24, 2016 1:49 PM Perspectives

Hate the Sin of Homosexuality or Assume Truth?

In an expansion of her column for a local newspaper, the Rev. Christy Thomas examines the thorny issue of how United Methodists can interact with one another over homosexuality -- or any other controversial issue. more »

Jan 15, 2016 12:25 PM Christy Thomas 3 Comments

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