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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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The raucous confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has convinced the Rev. Morgan Guyton that people no longer fear God when it comes to telling the truth. more

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Helping a refugee family seeking political asylum in the United States confronts the Rev. Morgan Guyton with the stark differences between the world of most American citizens and the world of those from other countries. more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton sees the mindset and practices of Christian authoritarianism in the Senate process involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. more

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Students at Tulane University, known as a "party school," are freed from the dangers of alcohol and sexual predation at the "non-judgmental" dances held by the NOLA Wesley Foundation. more

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Trying to build a faith community among transient, distracted college students poses one of his biggest pastoral challenges, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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The conspiracy of silence around sexual misconduct in the church is as much an evil work as the abuse itself, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton thinks Serena Williams got a raw deal from umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2019 British Open, and he wants more people – especially white men – to pay more attention to how women of color are treated. more

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Himself a survivor of church-based sexual misconduct, the Rev. Morgan Guyton asserts that the closed-in hierarchical system of the Roman Catholic Church needs to be radically changed to protect children from abuse. more

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The late musician Lou Reed had an insight into the transcendence of union with God that the Rev. Morgan Guyton finds to be a guidepost on the way to God's kingdom. more

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"Not coloring outside the lines" results in a ticket straight to hell for any minor infraction, and it's time for this mindset to be discarded in favor of God's boundless mercy, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton starts his series on "good biblical words" with a familiar yet profound topic: mercy. more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton begins a series on "good biblical words" with his interpretation of how to read the Holy Bible authentically and effectively. more

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For Christians, calls to public civility run counter to Jesus' call to stand with the oppressed and the outcasts, even when it means committing dangerous civil disobedience, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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Submission to authority, not compassion, is the overriding rule of "law and order Christianity," writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton accepts a challenge from his "favorite conservative" Carolyn Moore to discuss The United Methodist Church's future in ways that are biblical, christological, global, systemic and eschatological. more

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Getting an award from the Louisiana Annual Conference reflects more of an investment in future than accomplishment of past efforts, says the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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The fact that so many white Christians today have incorporated “respect for the flag” into their “Christian” value system demonstrates the degree to which patriotism has secularized their Christianity, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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Far from being a shallow concept, creating a world where love is the way poses a hard challenge to today's realities, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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Is it more necessary to quote scripture, or to understand it and live it out when witnessing to the gospel of Jesus Christ? asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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Even though evangelicals "really do want to be your BFF," the Rev. Morgan Guyton commends the new database Church Clarity to check and verify congregations' attitudes and acceptance of LGBTQ people. more

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