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The Rev. Paul Purdue says that the differences among the various gospel accounts should be a sign that it's possible for faithful disciples to come to varied interpretations of scripture. more

A Way Forward

Learning even a little Hebrew -- both language and concepts -- can open up a whole new understanding of the Bible, says the Rev. Matthew Schlimm. more

Global Nature

The Rev. Morgan Guyton challenges the 18th century concepts of John Wesley's theology with the 21st century theology of author Henri Nouwen. more

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Bible Hourglass

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The words of the Holy Bible don't change, but our understanding changes as we realize that God's redemptive power transcends our prejudices, writes the Rev. Creede Hinshaw more

A Way Forward 7 Comments

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

Biblical literalists hold to their beliefs by unilaterally declaring that anyone who does not believe the Bible's literal truth is wrongly deceived by the evidence in front of them, explains the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas to a questioner. more

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Uniting Methodists commends an article by noted biblical scholar Luke Timothy Johnson on how to maintain the authority of Scripture while adapting to the social realities of our times. more

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A talk by the Rev. Adam Hamilton on interpreting the Bible offers a way to keep the United Methodist Church together: dropping our assumptions about scripture and one another. more

Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

There's a lot in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, that's just plain wrong by today's laws, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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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

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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

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Is it more necessary to quote scripture, or to understand it and live it out when witnessing to the gospel of Jesus Christ? asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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Flying Jesus

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Don't get hung up on a flying Jesus for Ascension Sunday, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. It's far more about how to move ahead or start over in faith and mission. more

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We don’t believe that Jesus loves us because we allow the world to make a convincing case for not believing Jesus when he says he loves us, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. 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

For Wesley Bros' creator Rev. Charlie Baber, "it’s weird to think that people are actually ready to divide property and draw lines between friends over who has the truest understanding of John Wesley and the Bible." more

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Bible with Cross Shadow

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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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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

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Loudspeaker

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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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