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Now's the time for United Methodists to focus on research and development in congregations, says the Rev. Ben Gosden, who offers five ways for local churches to put new ideas to work immediately. more

Mar 3, 2017 12:54 PM Local Church

Perhaps General Conference offers delegates a time to listen for God's guidance about the church's future, just as the first church conference in Jerusalem ponder the inclusion of Gentiles into a previously Jewish sect, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. more

May 3, 2016 11:17 AM 2016 General Conference

The Rev. Ben Gosden asks the declining United Methodist Church whether it's prepared to die to existing ways and means in order to be born anew for 21st century ministry. more

Oct 29, 2015 3:28 PM Local Church

Now's the time for United Methodists to focus on research and development in congregations, says the Rev. Ben Gosden, who offers five ways for local churches to put new ideas to work immediately. more

Mar 3, 2017 12:54 PM Local Church

Perhaps General Conference offers delegates a time to listen for God's guidance about the church's future, just as the first church conference in Jerusalem ponder the inclusion of Gentiles into a previously Jewish sect, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. more

May 3, 2016 11:17 AM 2016 General Conference

The Rev. Ben Gosden asks the declining United Methodist Church whether it's prepared to die to existing ways and means in order to be born anew for 21st century ministry. more

Oct 29, 2015 3:28 PM Local Church

Revival

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On Praying for Revival

Tapping into the widespread search for renewal in The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ben Gosden invites us to consider some essential steps in accomplishing a revival. more

Apr 15, 2015 1:38 PM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

5 Things the Church Should Stop for Lent

Rather than sacrificing sweets or social media, the Rev. Ben Gosden has a list of things the institutional church should stop doing for Lent ... and maybe permanently. more

Feb 26, 2015 2:59 PM Ben Gosden

In an ongoing series from UMC LEAD, the Rev. Ben Gosden describes how the love of a United Methodist congregation for his family led to his becoming a pastor. more

Feb 4, 2015 11:40 AM Perspectives Archive

Jimmy Fallon

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"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon's infectious joyful antics give a model for United Methodists to follow in breaking out of cynicism and divisiveness, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. more

May 1, 2014 5:16 PM Perspectives Archive

Like others, the Rev. Ben Gosden is dismayed by talk that opponents to LGBT inclusion may leave the denomination and urges redoubling efforts to avoid schism. more

Apr 8, 2014 8:29 PM Perspectives Archive 2 Comments

Lent

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Rather than focusing on giving up certain things, Christians should focus on whether their actions are aligned with their beliefs, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. more

Mar 20, 2014 2:17 PM Perspectives Archive

Bible Light

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Rather than a weapon of attack, the Holy Bible can serve as a tool for our spiritual enlightenment if we'll work with it together, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. more

Jan 17, 2014 4:10 PM Perspectives Archive

St. Edmunds Church

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With all the secular festivities around the Christmas season, maybe being pushed out to the margins of society is a good thing for the message of Incarnation, suggests the Rev. Ben Gosden. more

Dec 18, 2013 4:24 PM Perspectives Archive

Celebration

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A seasonal change in Sunday's schedule opened the Rev. Ben Gosden to an illumination: that our primary act as disciples is to offer ourselves faithfully in worship so as to be sent out into the world in service. more

Jul 8, 2013 4:15 PM Perspectives Archive

Stop Hunger Now

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An hour working on a mission project changes what the Rev. Ben Gosden thinks about the United Methodist idea of "connectionalism." more

Jun 21, 2013 3:42 PM Perspectives Archive

Pentecost

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What If ...? A Vision of Annual Conference

The Rev. Ben Gosden asserts that God's Holy Spirit is always present at Annual Conference; we just don't always recognize its Presence. more

May 14, 2013 6:24 AM Ben Gosden

Faith

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Some Days ...

The Rev. Ben Gosden ponders the value of faith's uncertainties amid the call for Christians to engage with the world around them. more

Apr 29, 2013 11:06 AM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

Lent and the Strangeness of Being Christian

The Rev. Ben Gosden muses on the profound spiritual mystery and influence of Lent, the traditional 40-day preparation for the celebration of Easter. more

Feb 21, 2013 2:24 PM Ben Gosden

Sabermetrics: If It’s Worth Counting in the Church, It’s Worth Counting Right

The Rev. Ben Gosden proposes a way for The United Methodist Church to use metrics in its decision-making. more

Nov 20, 2012 7:19 PM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

Is Change a-Comin'? And Did We Miss It?

Amid all the frenzied reaction to the Judicial Council upholding guaranteed elders' appointment, the Rev. Ben Gosden discovers overlooked legislation that he thinks will have greater impact on clergy. more

Oct 30, 2012 12:07 PM Ben Gosden 4 Comments

Liturgy for a Day of Prayer and Unity

Mulberry Street UMC in Macon, GA, is among hundreds of churches nationwide that will hold worship services around the time of the U.S. election, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. more

Oct 24, 2012 11:55 AM Ben Gosden

Ten Things Christians Need to Remember This Election

The Rev. Ben Gosden has some counsel for Christian voters as the 2012 presidential election nears. more

Sep 25, 2012 2:22 PM Ben Gosden 15 Comments