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Bishop Karen Oliveto finds that the cost of discipleship is a continuing process of discernment, action, evaluation and celebration that few of us attempt. more

Sep 5, 2017 10:54 PM Practicing Faith

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Two years after he somewhat reluctantly joined a small group, United Methodist layman Shaun Jex finds that investing in one another's lives is crucial to growing in faith. more

Jul 5, 2017 3:21 PM Practicing Faith

Methodism's founder John Wesley was right – the disciplined practice of what the Rev. Jack Shitama calls "keystone habits" prepares Christians to mature into spiritual leaders. more

Jul 5, 2017 2:55 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

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Failure to make disciples, more than anything else, has us in the state we presently find ourselves, writes the Rev. Sky McCracken. Until we take that seriously, we are going to be in trouble. more

May 31, 2017 3:21 PM Ordained Ministry

Bucking the trend of making things easier, the Rev. Jason Valendy argues for dysfluency with the Holy Bible – making it harder to understand so that faith requires struggle to take root. more

Apr 10, 2017 4:20 PM Perspectives

The Rev. Jack Shitama expands on his previous post on mature discipleship with guidance on how to help form and guide followers of Jesus. more

Apr 10, 2017 4:07 PM Practicing Faith

Loving Neighbor

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A mature disciple of Jesus exhibits characteristics resembling those "fruits of the Spirit" that Paul talks about, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

Mar 27, 2017 11:14 AM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith offers three ways for Christians to cope with difficulty in the world around us. more

Feb 15, 2017 3:03 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

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Building a "bigger box" for Jesus in your life will involve risks that will challenge your comfort zone, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Dec 20, 2016 2:19 PM Practicing Faith

Alpine Lily

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A missionary with experience in rural Africa, the Rev. Pat Watkins finds that her life as a follower of Jesus deepened as she began to connect with the seasons and life of Planet Earth. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:21 PM

It's not the techniques but the inspiration to follow that will make a difference in the United Methodist Church's future, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Oct 4, 2016 2:52 PM Local Church

Holy Resurrection Church

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Church politics, marked by a drive for doctrinal purity, have disheartened United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford to the point that he's stopped going to worship. more

Sep 26, 2016 3:20 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Much of our spiritual journey is spent trying to control our need to succeed, but if we achieve true humility, we're still challenged by our need for acclaim, writes the Rev. Irvin J. Boudreaux. more

Sep 21, 2016 4:30 PM Practicing Faith

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United Methodism's current debates over who has broken or kept "the covenant" ignore the most compelling covenant of all -- our baptismal vows, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Sep 14, 2016 5:37 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Crowdsourcing

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Methodism has been crowdsourcing theology, social justice, accountability, and listening to the Holy Spirit since before it was cool, but we're in danger of losing our people's authority, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Aug 18, 2016 3:33 PM Jeremy Smith

Tim Kaine

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While doing good is commendable, there's more to following Jesus Christ than doing good works, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jul 28, 2016 4:45 PM

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A suburban Minneapolis congregation finds itself spiritually and physically renewed by committing itself to full inclusion through the Reconciling movement. more

May 5, 2016 2:42 PM Local Church

The nature of true followers of Jesus Christ is to disrupt the status quo -- including the Church -- in favor of devotion to the vision of forgiveness, love and justice that Jesus said is God's intention for humans, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Dec 18, 2015 8:19 AM Christy Thomas

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Getting church-goers involved in more than one activity, such as Sunday worship, proves to deepen members' faith and increase membership, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Dec 11, 2015 8:09 AM Local Church 1 Comments