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Bible Open to Psalms

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Why do we use Scripture as a weapon, when in reality it's a great gift from God? asks the Rev. Bill Steward. more

Ordained Ministry

The Rev. Morgan Guyton begins a series on "good biblical words" with his interpretation of how to read the Holy Bible authentically and effectively. more

Perspectives

The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, head of United Methodism's social-action arm, calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions' defense of immigrant family separations a "shocking" misinterpretation of scripture and urges calls to halt the practice. more

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Data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study show that black Americans feel deeply connected to the bibilical story of the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt. more

Practicing Faith

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While the acceptance of LGBTQ people may be the "presenting issue," what's really at the heart of United Methodist troubles is the deeper issue of how to value and interpret Scripture, writes the Rev. Rich Peck. more

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Does the medium of the Holy Bible mangle or manage the message? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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A reader's question about the nature of the Bible prompts the Rev. David Felten to suggest thinking more deeply about the sacred text. more

Perspectives

Bible Light

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The Rev. Jim Burklo offers a Bible study fashioned around the idea of Christian resistance to the current racist and inhumane political actions happening in the United States. more

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In the second of three parts, the Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the biblical passages that shape progressive views on human sexuality and how to determine when God is doing a new thing. more

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Bible glasses

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The sayings that Jesus gave in his Sermon on the Mount have a deep meaning that will upset the status quo and dramatically reordering the world, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Bible Open to Psalms

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Christians should regard the Bible as an authority for their faith and lives, but not as an authoritarian document, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Practicing Faith

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A new icon for his prayer practice gives the Rev. Jason Valendy insight into how we use the Bible in our faith journeys. more

Practicing Faith

Bible Open to Psalms

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas responds to an inquirer who asks whether any part of the Bible can be taken as literal truth. more

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Bible Hourglass

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While The United Methodist Church currently struggles over human sexuality, the conflict over how Methodists should interpret and apply the Bible has existed since the 1744 annual conference, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. more

In the conclusion of his four-part series from UM & Global, Dr. Barry Bryant examines how we go about "hearing" the Scriptures. more

Global Nature

Orthodox scriptural views, such as those professed by the Wesleyan Covenant Association, are grounded in tradition and historical precedent, writes the Rev. Joseph R. Stains in a rebuttal to Dr. Steven Tuell. more

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Meditating on the Scriptures, as John Wesley advised, can lead to a divisive individualism unless we welcome one another as Christ, says the Rev. Dr. Barry Bryant. more

Global Nature

Bible glasses

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A United Methodist scholar in the Western Pennsylvania Conference refutes the Wesleyan Covenant Association's view that there is only one way to read and interpret the Holy Bible. more

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Traveling Shoes

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The Rev. Jason Valendy loves the Bible, and takes it seriously, even as he recognizes that its words about faith are often written in allegory, just as the Apostle Paul says. more

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People Laughing

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We miss a lot of the humor in Jesus' stories because they lose something in translation, but the comic aspects of life and faith are still in the Bible to be enjoyed, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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