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John 3:16 may be worn out as the best way to witness to God's unconditional, never-failing grace and love, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Perspectives

Weeping Angel

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Grief is something that transcends time and can't be forced to conclude, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

The familiar interpretation that Jesus' sacrifice "pays the debt" of human sin contradicts the authentic message of the Good News, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Doubt doesn't offend God, and Bible verses won't automatically reprogram our doubts, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Turn instead to God's grace. more

Perspectives

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks he can keep his New Year's resolutions – at least, that's what he's telling himself as 2018 begins. more

Perspectives

In pure Southern cookin' fashion, the Wesley Bros. explain John's Three General Rules for today's United Methodists. more

Practicing Faith

Loving Neighbor

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Scholar David N. Field contends that theological diversity poses no threat to the core of Methodism, which proclaims the radical transforming grace of God that enables us to love God and our neighbors. more

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The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that God doesn't treat us as we fairly deserve, but out of the merciful, endless abundance of God's love, writes the Rev. Richard Bryant. more

Practicing Faith

Wesleyanism is two things, not one, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, and those two characteristics are often at odds with one another. more

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Loving God

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton lays out three distinctive traits that mark the Wesleyan understanding of God and God's action in the lives of people. more

2016 General Conference 2 Comments

The homespun tales of Lake Woebegone hold lessons in grace that delegates to the 2016 General Conference would do well to heed, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Views from a Ridge

Philly Frank

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The story behind Pope Francis' impromptu embrace of a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy holds an urgent parallel for The United Methodist Church in the midst of its current conflicts, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith explores the reasons behind statistics that only 53 percent of United Methodists say they believe in a foundational Wesleyan doctrine -- that God's grace is available to all people. more

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Despite our self-made, pull-ourselves-up-by-the-bootstraps society, everything in life, including life itself, is a gift from God that no one can earn, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Practicing Faith

Shame

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The speed of social media makes it difficult to take back sharp or shameful words, and leaves no room for grace, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Wildflowers

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The sight of mowed wildflowers prompts Cynthia B. Astle to ponder whether the time has come for The United Methodist Church to fade away. more

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In a study commissioned by United Methodist Communications, church roles affect people's perceptions of what it means to be United Methodist. more

Local Church

A hair-raising survival of an airplane that skidded off a runway prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to ponder the grace that surpasses all fear. more

Christy Thomas

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

United Methodist missions executive Thomas Kemper summarizes findings from the UM & Global series "Grace Upon Grace," featuring commentary on United Methodism's official mission theology statement. more

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