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Jason Valendy

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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What did Jesus really mean when he said that loving one another is a NEW commandment, asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Optimism relies on data, but Christians have a hope that transcends mere facts, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy realizes that the church's doctrine is the entry point on the journey of faith, not its destination. more

If success in human terms isn't a name for God, as many philosophers and theologians assert, then what does "success" mean to God? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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God has given each preacher a unique perspective on the faith that needs to be proclaimed without fear, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Praying FOR people is a lot different from praying WITH people, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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The popular question "What would Jesus do?" is far less important to the Rev. Jason Valendy than a more current question, "What is Jesus doing?" more

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It's not the numbers themselves, but the fixation on numbers that's causing the church to miss the whole vision of what God wants the church to be and to do, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Richard Rohr's new book reminds us how "unmarketable" the Christian faith in our age of constant upward climbing toward success, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Compliance is not what the love of God is about. The Love of God is all about conversion. That is what disciple making is about – converting hearts to return to God in Christ, which is what the Rev. Jason Valendy thinks the One Church Plan will do. more

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Vacations encourage us to get away from life, while pilgrimages draw us closer to God's will for our lives, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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The wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers – Christianity's first monastics – offers examples of how to deal with the world's "demons," writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Setting ministries down can be a difficult thing, but it is sometimes easier to do when there is a ritual to do so, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy, who offers counsel on how to go about it. more

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Christians are called to follow Jesus, not lead him, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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The Christian leader of the future should be totally irrelevant to her/his surroundings, instead offering only one's "vulnerable self" to carry the message of God's unconditional love, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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Trying to be spectacular -- such as when Jesus was tempted to leap off the top of the temple -- puts the focus on human doings rather than on God, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. 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