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Large churches planning to leave the denomination are actually sowing more seeds of division than potential compromise policies on marriage and ordination, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Perspectives

The Rev. Andy Bryan brings a poetic perspective to the start of Advent. more

Practicing Faith

Vote

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Followers of Jesus ought to allow our faith to impact every part of our life, including how we vote, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Practicing Faith

A phone call from an inquirer leads the Rev. Andy Bryan to some forthright declarations about why full inclusion is essential to sustaining The United Methodist Church. more

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The Rev. Andy Bryan wants to reclaim many of the labels United Methodists use from their divisive connotations to a more broadly inclusive definition. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

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The latest in America's bloody series of mass shootings elicits a jumble of thoughts and prayers -- and hopes -- from the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Perspectives

Mary and Gabriel

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The Rev. Andy Bryan's congregation is trying this Advent to counteract the season's commercialism by being "gifts" to people in the spirit of Jesus as God's gift to the world. more

Practicing Faith

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The Rev. Andy Bryan, a jurisdictional delegate from the Missouri Annual Conference, reflects on the issues and topics he heard at the recent South Central Jurisdiction delegate meeting in Oklahoma City. more

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Tower of Babel

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Unity isn't the same thing as uniformity, and that not understanding and accepting that reality could be the church's greatest sin, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Local Church 2 Comments

In the second of two columns, the Rev. Andy Bryan examines how to revamp the United Methodist ministerial candidacy process to make it more humane. more

Ordained Ministry

The Rev. Andy Bryan has some strong counsel for United Methodist ministerial candidates and the boards of ordained ministry that determine their fitness. more

Ordained Ministry

Definitions of "the church" range far and wide, but nowhere near the typical institutional understandings, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Local Church

Jesus Christ, Barrier Buster

Jesus was all about breaking through barriers, and his followers are called to do the same today, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Apr 1, 2015 11:00 AM Andy Bryan

St. Patrick's Priority One

The real St. Patrick was someone whose top priority wasn't green beer or corned beef and cabbage, but faith in Christ, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Mar 13, 2015 12:43 PM Andy Bryan

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Large churches planning to leave the denomination are actually sowing more seeds of division than potential compromise policies on marriage and ordination, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Perspectives

The Rev. Andy Bryan brings a poetic perspective to the start of Advent. more

Practicing Faith

Vote

Illustration Courtesy of Jim Parsons

Followers of Jesus ought to allow our faith to impact every part of our life, including how we vote, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Practicing Faith

A phone call from an inquirer leads the Rev. Andy Bryan to some forthright declarations about why full inclusion is essential to sustaining The United Methodist Church. more

Local Church 1 Comments

debate.jpg

Illustrations Courtesy of Craig L. Adams

The Rev. Andy Bryan wants to reclaim many of the labels United Methodists use from their divisive connotations to a more broadly inclusive definition. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

The Rev. Andy Bryan describes the process for electing bishops in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in the United States. more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Sandy Hook Memorial

Wikimedia Commons Photo

The latest in America's bloody series of mass shootings elicits a jumble of thoughts and prayers -- and hopes -- from the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Perspectives

Mary and Gabriel

Photo Courtesy of Amy Yeary Holmes

The Rev. Andy Bryan's congregation is trying this Advent to counteract the season's commercialism by being "gifts" to people in the spirit of Jesus as God's gift to the world. more

Practicing Faith

South Central Map

Screencap of UMC.org Map

The Rev. Andy Bryan, a jurisdictional delegate from the Missouri Annual Conference, reflects on the issues and topics he heard at the recent South Central Jurisdiction delegate meeting in Oklahoma City. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Tower of Babel

Wikimedia Commons Photo

Unity isn't the same thing as uniformity, and that not understanding and accepting that reality could be the church's greatest sin, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Local Church 2 Comments

In the second of two columns, the Rev. Andy Bryan examines how to revamp the United Methodist ministerial candidacy process to make it more humane. more

Ordained Ministry

The Rev. Andy Bryan has some strong counsel for United Methodist ministerial candidates and the boards of ordained ministry that determine their fitness. more

Ordained Ministry

Definitions of "the church" range far and wide, but nowhere near the typical institutional understandings, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Local Church

The Rev. Andy Bryan thinks the traditional Methodist idea of itinerancy, in which pastors are appointed by bishops to congregations, holds value for mission in the 21st century. more

Ordained Ministry

Jesus Christ, Barrier Buster

Jesus was all about breaking through barriers, and his followers are called to do the same today, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Apr 1, 2015 11:00 AM Andy Bryan

St. Patrick's Priority One

The real St. Patrick was someone whose top priority wasn't green beer or corned beef and cabbage, but faith in Christ, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Mar 13, 2015 12:43 PM Andy Bryan

A Beatles' song and plenty of common wisdom pose a critical question about how to live our lives with compassion, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Perspectives

Leelah Alcorn

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The death of transgendered Leelah Alcorn prompts the Rev. Andy Bryan to ponder the nature of God's unconditional love. more

Advocating Justice

Blocking Westboro Baptist Protest

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The Rev. Andy Bryan defends the human rights of LGBT citizens in the face of a campaign of discrimination in his own town. more

Advocating Justice

Questioning Duo

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My One Idea – What's Yours?

If everything else was stripped away, what would be the one great idea you'd want to share and remember? asks the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Oct 10, 2014 12:48 PM Andy Bryan 4 Comments