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Playground Sand Pit

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Playgrounds and Country Clubs offer insights into the centered and bounded sets of Christianity, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Match Tip

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How did a $7 million dollar congregation leave The United Methodist Church by only paying $69,000? The deal is just absurd, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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While deploring cultural accommodation, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has embraced some of the worst aspects of American culture, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. This week: hypocrisy. more

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Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. more

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Injustice Scales

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The denomination’s Supreme Court could violate one of Methodism’s core principles in order to throw out a gay bishop, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The Empire is obsessed with names and uses them to legitimize all forms of brutality, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith in a Christian critique of recent U.S. foreign policy actions. more

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Race and Ethnicity

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A recent hit piece Good News had on racial analysis reveals a lot about how data is twisted to promote self-serving narratives. more

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Wesleyanism is two things, not one, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, and those two characteristics are often at odds with one another. more

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Two Clocks

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Are we playing dirty or abiding in prayer in this interim time, while we await the results of the Commission on a Way Forward? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Money and Time

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What does the current U.S. administration’s budget mean for people of faith? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Online diploma

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After observing academics in their natural habitat, the struggle between academics and online communities became more clear, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Old TV

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For a caucus that claims majority appeal, money, and momentum, why does the Wesleyan Covenant Association share falsehoods instead of naming and claiming what they are really about? more

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Car Steering Wheel

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith offers three ways for Christians to cope with difficulty in the world around us. more

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Match Tip

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Church politics, economics, and leverage paint a rather dramatic picture of this moment playing out in Mississippi, America, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Broken Cross & Flame

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News that two congregations in Mississippi have applied to leave The United Methodist Church prompts the Rev. Jeremy Smith to examine who really will be harmed by the congregations' departure. It's not who you may think. more

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Free BOD

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For six years, one of the Rev. Jeremy Smith's projects in The United Methodist Church has been to free our doctrine, polity, and social statements from their paywalls. Recently, the project took two steps forward … and one step back. more

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Newsies

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For almost 100 years, Methodists have believed in Fake News that has not stood the test of time, and it's past time to uncover the truth, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Independence Day

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Progressive America – including progressive Christians – aren't going simply to fade away under the new administration that came into office on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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As the inauguration of Donald Trump nears, the Rev. Jeremy Smith ponders Professional Wrestling, Confirmation hearings, ethics disclosures, and how politics can poison the well of the Church. more

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Frozen Portland

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In the aftermath of a major winter storm, the Rev. Jeremy Smith reflects on replacing a sense of isolation with one of camaraderie on a snow day – and in seeking justice. more

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A battle of competing agendas for the 2019 Special General Conference is coming before the United Methodist Judicial Council, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

The Rev. Jeremy Smith attributes the downfall of two United Methodist constitutional amendments on women's equality to "gay panic." more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith takes issue with the Rev. Chris Ritter's proposal on "A Way Forward," saying it turns progressive United Methodists into second-class citizens. more

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Drawing on United Methodism's history, the Rev. Jeremy Smith predicts the Council of Bishops will come up with a "way forward" that will be evolutionary, not revolutionary. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith unpacks the real details of the most recent announcement regarding a court case on a breakaway United Methodist congregation in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. more

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Those who claim they are the only ones to solve United Methodism's crisis over sexuality are in reality the same actors who caused the crisis, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Three statements in the past week have disclosed the schismatic intentions of so-called "reform and renewal" groups in The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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God’s YES is uncomfortable because it reminds each of us that the people who are outside our social circle or preferred circle are nonetheless welcomed by God in equal portion to ourselves, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The latest list of "top 25" United Methodist congregations lacks vital details that would make it valuable to all churches, not just those with large memberships, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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United Methodist bishops can save the denomination from schism if they come up with a truly creative alternative, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Zelda

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith applies a popular trend researcher's "changemaker" template to the roles of United Methodist ordained ministers. more

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The eventual loss of a single word in our identity is a blessing for some, but a tragedy for all, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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WCA Founding Doc2

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith finds that the Wesleyan Covenant Association's legal formation was in the works long before the time it claims to have started. more

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History shows that when multiple options are debated at General Conference, everyone loses and the debate continues to the detriment of all, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The Church needs to take stock of its treatment of clergywomen in light of the #MeToo movement, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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What “Fire and Fury” reveals about the Empires of today was already known by a medieval mystic, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith describes how he sees that moderates and “Middle Methodists” are on the menu for the next three years of United Methodism. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith reflects on biblical guidance for how to respond to the tax reform act of 2017. more

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Lutherhaus

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A modern rewrite of the ancient hymn is perhaps appropriate in this Reformation spirit, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Hypocrisy

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A small suburban Washington Church reveals secret efforts to exacerbate tensions in United Methodism, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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