When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. For the Church, this is living under the Law, which God's grace through Jesus Christ has rendered moot, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more


The Rev. Melissa Maher remains hopeful for The United Methodist Church's future because of God's surprising, challenging and awe-inspiring grace. more

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Reconciliation Statue

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Facing the great divides in church and society, the Rev. Jack Shitama offers three techniques for getting across the chasms with less discomfort and more grace. more

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A self-differentiated person can get annoyed by something, but still understand that the other is a flawed human being in need of grace, just like the rest of us, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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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


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

Perspectives 2 Comments

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


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


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

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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

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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

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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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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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