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Christ and the Adulteress

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In our apocalyptic times when so much corruption is being revealed, Christians need to face up to our own failings to love as Jesus teaches, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 30, 2017 8:16 AM Views from a Ridge

Learning to love as Jesus loves takes hard work, so why should we think of the Church as an exercise-free zone? asks the Rev. Jim Burklo. more

Nov 2, 2017 4:07 PM Practicing Faith

Loving God

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We're in a time when it's necessary to drop outmoded theologies in favor of renewing "the religion of the heart," as John Wesley put it -- our close relationship with God, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

Jul 20, 2017 8:40 AM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

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

The Civil Rights Movement has an important lesson to teach today's resisters to inhumane public policies -- how to love evil into becoming good, writes United Methodist layman Brian Snyder. more

Feb 10, 2017 3:32 PM Perspectives

Love One Another

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All our scriptures about welcoming strangers are important to the immigration discussion, but the overarching issue is our fear of others, writes the Rev. Craig C. Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology. more

Feb 3, 2017 8:37 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Festival of Lights

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Darlene DiDomenick, interim director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, offers a message of encouragement to "justice-seekers" who may be downhearted by the events of 2016. more

Dec 20, 2016 2:19 PM Perspectives

In an excerpt from a recent sermon, the Rev. Jason Valendy says the book of Deuteronomy teaches us what happens when a society isn't built on values such as justice, mercy and love. more

Dec 1, 2016 10:09 AM Practicing Faith

Love One Another

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"However we may rationalize schism as faithfulness to truth and orthodoxy, or as the cost of bold prophetic witness, the world correctly sees it as the failure to love," asserts retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder. more

Oct 12, 2016 9:44 AM Perspectives 3 Comments

When it comes to differing viewpoints on a possible schism of The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris asserts that the UMC lacks enough perspective to make any definitive decisions about its future. more

Aug 11, 2016 6:15 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Florida Bishop Ken Carter advocates for a broader, deeper and more accurate meaning for the much-abused word "evangelical." more

Aug 6, 2016 3:23 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Future Prospects Part 1

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In Part 1 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens explores a little-known but widely backed theological statement on accepting differences. more

Jun 29, 2016 12:44 PM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments

Loving God

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton lays out three distinctive traits that mark the Wesleyan understanding of God and God's action in the lives of people. more

May 19, 2016 12:19 PM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments

Front Porch

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"Front Porch Therapy" – where people can greet one another and view the world – could be just what's needed to create a more compassionate community, writes the Rev. Billy Cox. more

Nov 12, 2015 3:16 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

The convergence of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with the death of religion expert Phyllis Tickle underscores something significant for fractious United Methodists, namely Jesus' call to love the unlovable, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Oct 2, 2015 11:14 AM Views from a Ridge

Is there anyone that God doesn't love? And if that's so, how can we not love everyone, asks the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Oct 2, 2015 11:00 AM Perspectives Archive

Many within the Christian faith find the thought of loving those whom they hate reprehensible and repellant, even though Jesus explicitly calls his disciples to love. The Rev. Dan R. Dick explores why this is so. more

Aug 11, 2015 1:55 PM Perspectives Archive

Today's church has watered down the Galilean radical who ate with sinners to make him palatable for mainstream America, and a soggy Jesus serves no purpose at all, writes the Rev. Richard L. Bryant. more

Jul 22, 2015 2:50 PM Perspectives

A baptismal celebration for three adopted boys marks the culmination of years of love, as the Rev. Nancy DeStefano says in her sermon. more

Jul 20, 2015 3:16 PM Advocating Justice

Mystery Box

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The essence of faith is to love a mystery -- the confounding truth that God loves us without limits, and that our sole task in life is to love one another, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Jul 18, 2015 7:46 AM Perspectives Archive

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