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Jason Valendy

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

May 19, 2017 8:32 AM Practicing Faith

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

May 5, 2017 3:54 PM Perspectives

Daniel Cover

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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

May 1, 2017 5:08 PM Perspectives

Thomas Cranmer

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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

Apr 25, 2017 4:52 PM Perspectives

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

Apr 17, 2017 11:41 AM Perspectives

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

Apr 10, 2017 4:20 PM Perspectives

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

Apr 3, 2017 9:48 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

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

Mar 31, 2017 8:33 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

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

Mar 28, 2017 10:46 AM Perspectives

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

Mar 22, 2017 1:13 PM Local Church

Bible Johari

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

Mar 22, 2017 1:04 PM Practicing Faith

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

Mar 17, 2017 8:48 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

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

Mar 8, 2017 5:15 PM Perspectives

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

Feb 22, 2017 2:33 PM Perspectives

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

Feb 22, 2017 2:23 PM Perspectives

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

Jan 26, 2017 12:48 PM Practicing Faith

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

Jan 23, 2017 7:56 AM Perspectives 5 Comments

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

Jan 4, 2017 3:47 PM , Perspectives 2 Comments

Hijab eyes

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There's a good reason that making eye contact affects the soul, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jan 3, 2017 1:40 PM Practicing Faith

Instead of the sanitized image of "gentle Jesus, meek and mild," the Rev. Jason Valendy explores the many meanings of Jesus' title "Immanuel." more

Dec 5, 2016 5:07 PM Practicing Faith

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

May 19, 2017 8:32 AM Practicing Faith

Chemotherapy

Photo Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

May 5, 2017 3:54 PM Perspectives

Daniel Cover

Photo Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

May 1, 2017 5:08 PM Perspectives

Thomas Cranmer

Wikimedia Commons Photo

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

Apr 25, 2017 4:52 PM Perspectives

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

Apr 17, 2017 11:41 AM Perspectives

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

Apr 10, 2017 4:20 PM Perspectives

Pink flowers

Photo Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Apr 3, 2017 9:48 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Blue door

Photo Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Mar 31, 2017 8:33 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Satan Dore'

Public Domain Photo

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

Mar 28, 2017 10:46 AM Perspectives

Do Good

Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Mar 22, 2017 1:13 PM Local Church

Bible Johari

Chart Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Mar 22, 2017 1:04 PM Practicing Faith

Aldous Huxley

Photo Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Mar 17, 2017 8:48 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Ngram Valendy

Chart Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Mar 8, 2017 5:15 PM Perspectives

Forgive, Judge, See

Graphic Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Feb 22, 2017 2:33 PM Perspectives

Contempt

Photo Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Feb 22, 2017 2:23 PM Perspectives

Big Clock

Photo Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Jan 26, 2017 12:48 PM Practicing Faith

Wesleyan Quad

Art Courtesy of Jason Valendy

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

Jan 23, 2017 7:56 AM Perspectives 5 Comments

Bee and Beck

UM Insight Screencap

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

Jan 4, 2017 3:47 PM , Perspectives 2 Comments

Hijab eyes

GraphicStock Photo

There's a good reason that making eye contact affects the soul, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jan 3, 2017 1:40 PM Practicing Faith

Instead of the sanitized image of "gentle Jesus, meek and mild," the Rev. Jason Valendy explores the many meanings of Jesus' title "Immanuel." more

Dec 5, 2016 5:07 PM Practicing Faith