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Dan R. Dick

Coins

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The Rev. Dan Dick digs deeply into one of the many proposals at General Conference that appear to be motivated by fear. more

May 17, 2016 4:59 PM 2016 General Conference

Coins

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The Rev. Dan Dick digs deeply into one of the many proposals at General Conference that appear to be motivated by fear. more

May 17, 2016 4:59 PM 2016 General Conference

What ails The United Methodist Church isn't declining membership or the burden of structure, but the spiritual failure of not expecting enough from people who are supposed to be followers of Jesus Christ, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Oct 9, 2015 12:24 PM Local Church 2 Comments

Charles Taylor's 2007 book, "A Secular Age," holds the keys to understanding why today's church is the way it is, and why neither side in the current polarized debates will win out, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Aug 28, 2015 12:14 PM Perspectives Archive

Love One Another

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The Rev. Dan R. Dick ponders possibly the most urgent question before the church and American society today: How do we replace mistrust, fear and similar negative emotions with the promised spiritual gifts of love, joy and peace? more

Apr 15, 2015 3:16 PM Perspectives Archive 1 Comments

Desiree

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Three middle-schoolers' defense of a bullied classmate inspires the Rev. Dan R. Dick with a vision for United Methodist congregations. more

Mar 20, 2015 11:52 AM Perspectives Archive

Bible hand

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A chance meeting with a Bible-reading woman named Mary provides an all-embracing answer to the United Methodist Church's fractious squabbles, writes Dan R. Dick. more

Jan 23, 2015 10:48 AM Perspectives Archive 2 Comments

Historical Jesus

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We love sweet baby Jesus because he makes no demands on us, but what about the prophet Jesus and his hard teachings? asks the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Dec 18, 2014 3:12 PM Perspectives Archive

Packer Experience

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How can we get as excited about Advent as Green Bay Packers' fans do during home games at Lambeau Field? asks the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Dec 11, 2014 4:11 PM Perspectives Archive

Advent is the right time to strip away the excess from the stories of Jesus' birth in order to get to the real good news of the Incarnation, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Dec 4, 2014 2:12 PM Perspectives Archive 1 Comments

Trying to see Christ in everyone, even when the image of God seems absent, helps to foster unity and spread the Holy Spirit's gifts, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Jul 11, 2014 12:31 PM Perspectives Archive

Reading

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For those who find reading difficult or boring, the Rev. Dan R. Dick has a suggestion – a book about how to read a book. more

May 1, 2014 8:26 PM Perspectives Archive

Still Thankful

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Cleaning out old files reminds the Rev. Dan R. Dick that there's a big difference between "doing" the tasks of church, which can be measured, and actually creating disciples of Jesus Christ. more

Apr 3, 2014 10:37 PM Perspectives Archive 1 Comments

Miracle Eye

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How might our lives as Christ-followers change if we were granted the ability to see creation through the eye of God -- the good, the bad and the ugly, wonders the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Mar 26, 2014 3:13 PM Perspectives Archive

An expert on making disciples, the Rev. Dan R. Dick contends that The United Methodist Church's woes could be solved if pastors focused at least half their time in developing laypeople's abilities to share their faith. more

Mar 20, 2014 4:39 PM Perspectives Archive 3 Comments

Mental Models

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Our own mental models and ways of thinking lie more at the root of our disagreements than our theologies, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Mar 6, 2014 4:12 PM Perspectives Archive 2 Comments

Straight Line

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The Rev. Dan R. Dick has been reading a lot lately about innovation and creativity, and he's come to a conclusion about what The United Methodist Church really needs now. more

Feb 14, 2014 3:37 PM Perspectives Archive

Joseph

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We Wish You a Joseph Christmas

A "down and dirty" "Joseph" Christmas that acknowledges the humanity of the Holy Family -- including Jesus -- may be the kind of Incarnation story we really need, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Dec 18, 2013 12:37 PM Dan R. Dick

Unlike Button

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Grace-free Living

How do we treat one another in the church when we disagree? The Rev. Dan R. Dick explores the implications of two conversations overhead recently in United Methodist churches. more

Nov 1, 2013 7:49 AM Dan R. Dick 2 Comments

What Color Is Your Prayerchute?

The Rev. Dan R. Dick encourages believers to consider carefully – and colorfully – what kind of prayers we're really praying more

Sep 20, 2013 11:05 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Shmoo

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Shmoo Church

Those lovable, highly usable but ultimately satirical Shmoo creatures from the old L'il Abner comic strip resemble The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick more

Sep 13, 2013 2:54 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments