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Just as children learn attitudes and behaviors from their parents, the Rev. Jason Valendy finds that spiritual formation matures from mimicking to imitation. more

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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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How we bring the Bible into our lives – whether we use it as a weapon or allow ourselves to be shaped by it – makes a difference to our faith journey, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Chemotherapy

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Maybe the intense self-examination that United Methodists are going through now is a form of chemotherapy that will, in the end, heal its sick system, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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The Church makes mistakes because its decision-makers are human beings who need God -- which is why the church exists in the first place, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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We're not as rational as we might think, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy, so we'll get along better if we go easy on one another. more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy looks at key events of Easter in terms of actions and reactions that still are relevant to our understanding today. more

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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

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Pink flowers

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If pink was once yellow, then it's also possible that people's understanding of Scripture can evolve over time as well, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Blue door

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Holding people accountable for their actions involves a non-threatening, trust-based encounter that grants others their own free will to act, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Holding them hostage isn't the same thing. more

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Satan Dore'

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In a follow-up to his earlier column, the Rev. Jason Valendy describes the work of evil in the world and contrasts it with the work of God done by humans and God's Work, done by the Divine alone. more

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Do Good

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While their service is essential, Christians must be careful not to think they're taking on the work that only God can do, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Bible Johari

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The Rev. Jason Valendy offers a handy tool for making sure your Bible study is healthy. more

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Aldous Huxley

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association doesn't have exclusive rights to define what is "Wesleyan" or "orthodox" about The United Methodist Church, and its "like-minded people" goal poses a genuine threat, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Ngram Valendy

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One way to begin solving the polarization of both church and society is to stop making inquiries about events and people, and start being more curious, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Forgive, Judge, See

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Building on his prior essay about contempt, the Rev. Jason Valendy suggests some techniques to take "the fires of hell" out of our polarized exchanges. more

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Contempt

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Today's polarized public discourse resembles the four steps Jesus outlines in Matthew 5:21-24 on conflict, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy more

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Big Clock

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Time is a gift that we can receive, but we can never take, so we should stop trying, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Wesleyan Quad

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What comes first with John Wesley's method of "doing theology" known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral? The Rev. Jason Valendy explores how Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience play off one another. more

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Bee and Beck

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Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck actually talk to one another about creating "crazy times," writes the Rev. Jason Valendy, who recommends we look to how Jesus dealt with end times fears in Mark 13. more

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Short-term thinking keeps us from remembering that God uses a different time scale, and that we ought to be looking at our impact farther into the future, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Ammonius cut off his own ear in order to be faithful to his calling, but can the contemporary church perform the same self-sacrifice for the faith, asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Like a visit to Law Vegas, worship is for many of us a form of escape – it gives us respite but we do not allow it to transform our lives, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Uncertain leaders curse their adversaries and call down destruction, but that's not the way of Christians, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

The Rev. Jason Valendy and a clergy colleague demonstrate the basic art of Christians loving one another despite disagreementts. more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy believes that the One Church Model for UMC unity proposed by the Council of Bishops will help the denomination keep its historic understanding as both holy and catholic (universal). more

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Jesus shows the way to leadership by starting out with ideas that seem absurd, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Accepting Jesus as your personal Lord doesn't mean he is your private ticket to heaven, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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We have so much more in common than our differences might indicate, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Over the years, the Church has used the word Evangelism to describe a narrow and set of practices, and that failure to live out the Gospel, instead of just proclaiming it, has made the church irrelevant, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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If the original ending of Mark's gospel had been true, no one would have known of Jesus, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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As long as people are following Jesus and giving everything up, then there will always be "the poor," writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

The Rev. Jason Valendy applies some counsel from a Christian college educator to the situation in The United Methodist Church. 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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Unlike the devastation of war, conflict indicates there is at least a relationship that is worth working on, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Our language as Christians tells others where we're oriented, toward ourselves or toward Christ, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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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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The United Methodist Church has plenty of "modal" leaders who provide stability for the institution, but what about those times when the denomination needs "extreme" leaders to solve major problems? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Lent is the time when Christians should ponder whether all the self-help programs in the world can do what only God can do, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Merely adapting the sin of marginalizing by shifting to a different group only continues scapegoating and division, which are the works of Satan, warns the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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