Lent reminds us that even in suffering we must not give up, but keep moving toward God, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. more

Mar 25, 2017 11:44 AM Practicing Faith

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The Vietnam Women's Memorial outside her office in The United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., inspires the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe to reflect on the compassion, strength and pain encountered in life. more

Mar 16, 2017 2:05 PM Practicing Faith

Digital Lent

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Digital devices are just like any other physical tool that accompanies religion – you have to learn how to use them to get the most benefit, writes Heidi A. Campbell of Texas A&M University. more

Mar 8, 2017 6:10 PM Practicing Faith

Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to bind up America’s identity with Christianity in the first place, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. What if, for Lent, we started giving up some of the America in American Christianity? more

Mar 3, 2017 1:56 PM Perspectives

Lent gets a bad rap as a time of restrictions and denial, but the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt sees Lent more as a time of spiritual journey into a closer relationship with God. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:53 PM Practicing Faith

Mardi Gras

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After the past year's dispiriting events, Cynthia B. Astle yearns for a Mardi Gras that celebrates humanity's place in God's wondrous creation. more

Feb 24, 2017 12:08 PM Views from a Ridge


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The penitential season of Lent may be the last thing American Christians want to observe in the midst of the nation's current turmoil, but faith is strengthened by a sojourn in the wilderness, writes the Rev. Anne Robertson. more

Feb 21, 2017 5:39 PM Practicing Faith


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Instead of ignoring the more troubling aspects attributed to God, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant would prefer to deal with them directly to get a complete picture of the divine personality. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:36 PM Practicing Faith

Prodigal Homecoming

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Lent is a long slog, but finishing the season of prayer and reflection can feel like the grace of the prodigal son's homecoming, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:36 PM Practicing Faith

Fear Is a Liar

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Lent is the time when we learn to cast off the shackles of fear by living in God's household, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Feb 19, 2016 9:28 AM Practicing Faith

The Rev. F. Richard Garland counsels using the Psalms as a guide to a Lenten observance that seeks the deeper wisdom of God's love over the inner voice of criticism. more

Feb 11, 2016 2:22 PM Practicing Faith


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The Rev. Mike Slaughter suggests we could benefit – and brighten the world around us – if we fasted from being a jerk over the 40 days of Lent. more

Feb 4, 2016 4:40 PM Practicing Faith


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The Rev. Richard Bryant thinks Lent ends with too much violence, and he seeks a different conclusion. more

Mar 20, 2015 11:26 AM Perspectives


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In her Lenten quest to stay away from sugar, the Rev. Christy Thomas finds that limiting her diet has made her more aware of food as a spiritual discipline. more

Mar 13, 2015 12:26 PM Christy Thomas

A Lenten lunchtime topic about righteousness sparks some ideas -- and questions -- for the Rev. Steve Heyduck. more

Mar 13, 2015 12:23 PM Perspectives


Continuing his provocative series, the Rev. Mike Slaughter examines how even faithful Christians can fall prey to consumerist culture, when the gospel clearly teaches another lifestyle. more

Mar 13, 2015 10:58 AM Perspectives

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Wallow'd in a Score

Of all the faults of today's Church, fear is the one that Geoffrey Kruse-Safford wishes most it would replace with courage, for the sake of individual Christians and for the world at large. more

Mar 6, 2015 9:58 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

A hair-raising survival of an airplane that skidded off a runway prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to ponder the grace that surpasses all fear. more

Mar 5, 2015 6:28 PM Christy Thomas

5 Things the Church Should Stop for Lent

Rather than sacrificing sweets or social media, the Rev. Ben Gosden has a list of things the institutional church should stop doing for Lent ... and maybe permanently. more

Feb 26, 2015 2:59 PM Ben Gosden

Blue Water

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Chett Prichett, executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, finds that flooding in his new apartment gives him the opportunity to follow spiritual counsel to "inhabit Lent." more

Feb 26, 2015 2:56 PM Perspectives