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Jason Valendy

Valendy & Sons

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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

May 30, 2017 2:04 PM Practicing Faith

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

May 23, 2017 12:35 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

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 1 Comments

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

An encounter with another Christian in the men's restroom brings the Rev. Jason Valendy a rare sermon. more

Oct 10, 2017 1:43 PM Practicing Faith

Mob of Villagers

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Today we need more prophets willing to critique themselves and their own tribe rather than others, if we are to hear a word from the Lord, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Oct 9, 2017 5:10 PM Perspectives

If prayer is genuinely getting closer to God, then being uncomfortable while praying could mean that you're allowing yourself to be vulnerable to God's direction, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Oct 3, 2017 3:41 PM Practicing Faith

Traditional biblically formed Methodism focuses more on the process – the method – than on the ends, which ought to enlighten the factions in today's turmoil, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Sep 26, 2017 4:35 PM Perspectives

Committee

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The Church, as a product of culture, has come to rely more on a god of efficiency than the God of all time, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Sep 21, 2017 4:15 PM Local Church

When Judgment Day comes as described in Matthew 25, where will Jesus be? The Rev. Jason Valendy has an imaginative take on the subject. more

Sep 19, 2017 1:06 PM Practicing Faith

The process matters when it comes to making theological statements, but we don't seem to care about process, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Sep 8, 2017 4:14 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Phyllis Tickle on Authority

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Can The United Methodist Church, with its heritage of multiple authorities, resist the urge to reduce its religious authority to a single source? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Aug 31, 2017 3:47 PM Perspectives

Bible Open to Psalms

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Christians should regard the Bible as an authority for their faith and lives, but not as an authoritarian document, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Aug 9, 2017 11:55 AM Practicing Faith

Church growth may zoom with a "monoculture" method, but the Rev. Jason Valendy thinks the companion planting method known as the "three sisters" holds more promise for long-term, sustainable growth. more

Aug 7, 2017 4:49 PM Perspectives

Monocultures grow rapidly, but they aren't sustainable, whether you're growing cows or churches, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Aug 4, 2017 4:24 PM Perspectives

Cherries

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Cultivating spiritual maturity takes many seasons of practice, yet too many Christians today expect instant results, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jul 31, 2017 2:34 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

When your companion gives you a less than generous interpretation of your thoughts and actions, you're facing a trust issue, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jul 26, 2017 10:55 AM Practicing Faith

Friar Juniper

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Drawing on tales from early monastics, the Rev. Jason Valendy asserts that pastoral leaders today should look foolish so that they don't draw attention away from Christ. more

Jul 26, 2017 9:46 AM Ordained Ministry

Trying to describe the indescribable God makes every Christian a heretic to some other Christians who see God in different ways, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jul 18, 2017 12:39 PM Practicing Faith 2 Comments

Elijah Icon

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A new icon for his prayer practice gives the Rev. Jason Valendy insight into how we use the Bible in our faith journeys. more

Jul 17, 2017 2:59 PM Practicing Faith

Love

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The nature of God's love is not merely existence, but insistence, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jul 14, 2017 2:05 PM Practicing Faith

Real evangelism follows Jesus' model of listening to each person's need to bring the Good News, not creating a "caught" situation where people can be "taught," as in the advertising model, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jul 10, 2017 12:40 PM Local Church

Fear

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Let's start talking about what we value instead of constantly rehashing our fears, which is proving counterproductive, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jun 27, 2017 3:04 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Focusing on the local congregation can be helpful, but it also makes people forget they were birthed by the larger United Methodist connection, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jun 12, 2017 5:28 PM Local Church