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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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 Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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We aren't paying attention to one of the most important of the Ten Commandments in the "gods" we put before the one God, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Is our pretended ignorance of the Bible's meaning the way we armor ourselves against the call to do what scripture says? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Too often we forget that the Holy Bible is actually a library of books written over hundreds of years, and that clouds our understanding, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy Read more

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Forgive yourself now as you forgave yourself for your past, and you will live into your future, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Scripture offers us different passages, different ways, different paths to see and understand the world, but we tend to prefer our favorites, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Those things and people that irritate us have a virtue – they can help us focus on where our sin really lies, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy Read more

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Christians can counteract condemning mental voices by remembering the "great cloud of witnesses" that encourages and supports us, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy looks at a new theological method and discovers an age-old sin: our resistance to doing what God most desires for humans. Read more

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Jesus went away not only to pray, but also to contemplate and to meditate, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. All three are needed to draw closer to God's will for our lives. Read more

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Reading the Bible is much less about learning all the nuances of the leaves and branches and much more about an encounter with the Divine, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Knowledge of God – who ultimately is unknowable in human terms – often depends more on the "spaces" than on "notes" of the divine mystery, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Being in service to God requires receiving the service of others and reconciling with neighbor, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Giving what you lack to someone is a practice of vulnerability and trust, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Jesus' Great Commission in Matthew 28, the heart of evangelical theology, also teaches us how to love those who are different from us, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy believes that the "antifragile" people in The United Methodist Church – those who mature spiritually when shocked – will best survive the denomination's recent trauma. Read more

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The difference between deciding and discerning is a spiritual process that doesn't judge, but instead sorts matters in ways that can discover many beautiful things, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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When God's grace pours out, hearts melt or harden by our own actions. Read more

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Failing at one's Lenten practice offers us a way to experience God's forgiveness, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Jesus hometown friends and neighbors thought he was telling them they were the elite, but in reality he was telling them that the foreigners and outsiders were God's beloved, too, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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