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Morgan Guyton

Take Up Cross

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Everything that we do as Christians is to prepare us for moments like this so we can be a non-anxious, disciplined presence in the streets whenever the fascists come to town, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Aug 13, 2017 8:21 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Habanero

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It's one thing to leave the weeds in the wheat until they mature, but what happens when the weeds start choking out the new seeds of faith, asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jul 25, 2017 11:17 AM Perspectives

All Flame

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As Pentecost approaches, a chance encounter with a story from the Desert Fathers challenges the Rev. Morgan Guyton to pursue greater spiritual transformation. more

May 31, 2017 2:54 PM Practicing Faith

Jay

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The untimely death of a young man named Jay brings the Rev. Morgan Guyton and the NOLA Wesley Foundation to a grief that has them struggling to understand, yet grateful for the blessing of his presence. more

May 16, 2017 3:25 PM Practicing Faith

College lecture

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As a Duke Divinity School alumnus, the Rev. Morgan Guyton probes the cultural clash surrounding a recent dispute about anti-racism training at the United Methodist-related seminary. more

May 11, 2017 1:46 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Lego Solomon Baby

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United Methodism can have "50 different flavors" and still be bound together by structure and process that serve its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ in order to transform the world, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

May 9, 2017 4:57 PM Perspectives

What's killing United Methodism isn't a lack of orthodoxy, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton, but the formulaic application of doctrine to spirituality that's Wesley's "form of religion, but without power." more

Apr 27, 2017 2:12 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Bible with Cross Shadow

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His understanding of Christian salvation today combines what he sees as the best of evangelical tradition with the best of progressive insights, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Apr 20, 2017 1:58 PM

Morgan with Ashes

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Ash Wednesday offers Christians a chance to recognize their complicity in the sins of the institutional church as well as their personal sins, writers the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:41 PM Practicing Faith

Radical Jesus

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What if today's Christians resisted white supremacy in America by disrupting the Lenten worship services of white nationalist churches the way Jesus disrupted religious authority in his day? asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Feb 23, 2017 3:49 PM Perspectives

Ieshia Evans

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Inspired by a scripture, the Rev. Morgan Guyton remembers the witness of a Christian nurse from Pennsylvania, and seeks her spiritual fortitude for himself. more

Feb 9, 2017 12:16 PM Perspectives

ICE Visit

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Joining a group of church people supporting an immigrant, the Rev. Morgan Guyton experiences what it's like to visit a U.S. immigration office in New Orleans. more

Feb 7, 2017 2:35 PM Perspectives

No Walls

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A core Christian principle is that Jesus tears down dividing walls between people, which means that we Jesus followers shouldn't allow any walls to be built between us and our neighbors, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jan 30, 2017 12:26 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

American Christians should be alert to five attitudes of a Christian subculture that also lie behind the Trump Administration's assertions of "alternative facts," writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jan 25, 2017 12:09 PM Perspectives

Alex Jones

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Comparing his own conservative evangelical upbringing with today's so-called "post-truth" era, the Rev. Morgan Guyton challenges believers to become obedient to truth rather than authority. more

Jan 4, 2017 2:51 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Ferguson

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Too many white Christians see Jesus’ salvation as getting out of a trip to the heavenly principal’s office, instead of God's wrath against those who oppress the marginalized, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:18 PM Advocating Justice 4 Comments

While continued vigilance of the new administration is legitimate, the Rev. Morgan Guyton decides to put his energies elsewhere rather than continuing to react by the president-elect's outrageous tweets. more

Dec 1, 2016 3:50 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Pharisee Tax Collector

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Humility and mercy are the best ways to approach the way we pray, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Nov 29, 2016 2:50 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Internet Troll

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Every time we dehumanize anyone on the other side, we are doing the work of Satan even if it makes us feel galvanized with self-righteous zeal, and that's what we must resist most vigorously now, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Nov 22, 2016 8:28 AM Perspectives

Roy Moore

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New generations of Christians are rejecting the white male authority model of evangelicalism because they can determine truth for themselves, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Nov 15, 2017 10:36 AM Perspectives

Australia Marriage Debate

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The overwhelming voters' support of same-sex marriage in Australia exposes another failing of the patriarchal Christian sexual ethic, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Nov 15, 2017 10:07 AM Perspectives 2 Comments

Roy Moore

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Sexual assault allegations against Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore present Alabama evangelicals with an uncomfortable choice: support him to hold onto political power or stand up against sin, writes Morgan Guyton. more

Nov 10, 2017 11:03 AM Perspectives

OK to be White

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Being white is perfectly okay, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton, but our behaviors around people of color need lots of attention to get over the white superiority we've been taught. more

Nov 2, 2017 4:46 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Bible with Cross Shadow

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The idea that "salvation isn't just a cheesy Disneyland afterlife in the sky" forms one of the 10 principles that the Rev. Morgan Guyton says should guide the new Reformation. more

Oct 31, 2017 1:52 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Mockery

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In order to be peacemakers today in our polarized society, Christians need to understand that someone's scorn may be the back side of their fierce empathy for a loved one, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Oct 12, 2017 3:15 PM Perspectives

Stand Kneel

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton says it's blasphemous to claim that Christianity is about standing and kneeling at "right times," and here's why. more

Oct 11, 2017 1:00 PM Perspectives

Last Vegas shooting

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As politicians spout "thoughts and prayers" about the Las Vegas shooting, the Rev. Morgan Guyton reminds us that prayer is not an alternative to taking action, but the means by which God prepares us to take action. more

Oct 3, 2017 2:34 PM Perspectives

There's no substitute for the support of sitting side-by-side with someone in need, especially people with alcoholism, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Sep 29, 2017 2:58 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

In his campus ministry, the Rev. Morgan Guyton finds those young people who are thirsty for God are more receptive than those who've grown up in the church. more

Sep 14, 2017 3:28 PM Perspectives

Mexico Border Wall

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

The Rev. Morgan Guyton argues that if conservative evangelical Christians believe in atonement theology, they should support amnesty and citizenship for childhood undocumented immigrants. more

Sep 6, 2017 2:44 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Joe Arpaio

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Justifying President Trump's pardon of "infamously racist" Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio reflects a common atonement theology that makes white evangelicalism helpless against white supremacy, writes Morgan Guyton. more

Aug 29, 2017 5:55 PM Perspectives

Antifa

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Religiously nonviolent but not ideologically pacifist, the Rev. Morgan Guyton thinks that physical violence against anti-fascist movements inflames more than it counteracts. more

Aug 22, 2017 5:16 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Take Up Cross

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Everything that we do as Christians is to prepare us for moments like this so we can be a non-anxious, disciplined presence in the streets whenever the fascists come to town, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Aug 13, 2017 8:21 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Backing down – surrendering an argument to one's adversary – serves to disarm one's opponent, making peace more possible, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Aug 11, 2017 9:34 AM Perspectives

NT Wright

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Popular author NT Wright's recent comments on transgender people get a critical examination from the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Aug 8, 2017 10:23 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Donald Trump

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Winning for Christians isn't the zero-sum game of politics and business, but an ongoing exercise in repentance, mercy, truth, empathy, and peace, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jul 31, 2017 2:28 PM Perspectives

Habanero

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It's one thing to leave the weeds in the wheat until they mature, but what happens when the weeds start choking out the new seeds of faith, asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jul 25, 2017 11:17 AM Perspectives

Bible hand

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False prophets are known not by the opinions they hold, but whether they exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, even as they call the church to account, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jun 29, 2017 1:27 PM Practicing Faith

Bible with Cross Shadow

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In a rebuttal to "theological liberalism," the Rev. Morgan Guyton says that he and other United Methodists are in fact "progressive evangelicals" who take the Bible's authority seriously, but don't weaponize it to win culture wars. more

Jun 22, 2017 1:24 PM Perspectives 4 Comments