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Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds the latest missive about the Commission on A Way Forward from the Institute on Religion and Democracy puts forth a God-denying argument. Read more

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"The Next Methodism" seeks to build the kind of purity cult that has proved dangerous in the past, reducing belief to reductionist understandings of Christian theology, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Goodhearted Woman

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The word from God comes to us sinful humans in unexpected ways that we can only hear if we're truly listening, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Wedding season is here, and it has the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant pondering the contemporary myths around friendship and being in a wedding party. Read more

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The "neighborhood" of Fred Rogers -- himself a Presbyterian minister -- contributes insights to Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's understanding of Pentecost. Read more

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In a modern parable with a satiric bite, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant imagines the current state of United Methodism as a kind of Pentecost. Read more

1948 Discipline

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In observing Aldersgate Day -- the commemoration of John Wesley's conversion -- the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant longs to renew the traditions found in the 1948 Book of Discipline. Read more

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A poetic reflection on the Manchester bombing. Read more

We don't share the gospel of Jesus Christ well because we've attached so many dishonorable motives and dumb ideas to the concept of evangelism, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Duke Chapel

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Removing Confederate monuments in Southern states ought to inspire The United Methodist Church to get rid of its own remnants of racism, sexism and homophobia, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Richard Pensive

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John 14:1-14 seems more like the culmination of American consumerist culture than the true nature of spending eternity in God's love, and it troubles him, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Through the filters and distractions of life in the Internet age, it's easy to lose track of the voice of Jesus. The only way to hear him is to abandon ourselves to God, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant offers some spiritual direction in poetic form. Read more

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The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that God doesn't treat us as we fairly deserve, but out of the merciful, endless abundance of God's love, writes the Rev. Richard Bryant. Read more

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When the grieving of a community seems endless, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's counsel is to rely on practices of presence, not empty platitudes. Read more

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Freud's Totems

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We're wasting time debating which of our views of God should rule The United Methodist Church when the world is on the brink of global catastrophe, writes the Rev. Richard L. Bryant. Read more

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Ocracoke Tombs

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When Resurrection comes around, hold out for Real Jesus, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Lego Last Supper

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The "Last Supper" may have been Jesus' final meal with his disciples, but it forms the basis of both present and future connections for today's Christians, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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A U.S. airstrike against Syria in retaliation for using chemical weapons prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to pose hard questions in poetic form. Read more

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Should The United Methodist Church pursue "the Benedict option," drawing ourselves into monastic-like Christian groups in order to revive our faith? The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks that's one of a shrinking list of options. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds the concept of a Three-in-One God to be a relic of theology created for control, not from spiritual reality. Read more

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We'll be better off if we recognize that our anxieties are a normal human response to danger, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The time for United Methodist bishops' "walking alongside" LGBTQ United Methodists is over, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Another shooting a place of worship has the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant lamenting and raging against the human propensity for violence. Read more

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Judicial Council 2016-2020

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant compares the similarities of this week's Judicial Council docket with the issues brought before the first Jerusalem Council. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has some fanciful and thought-provoking ideas about the meaning of Maundy Thursday and the communion meal. Read more

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Imagine what we’ve missed about Palm Sunday by focusing on one instance of one day, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. What else is happening that we’ve failed to see? Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant laments that the myths of the Confederacy still fuel hatred in the 21st century American South. Read more

In the World 4 Comments

Lent is about rooting out those things that separate us from the disciples we want to be; in other words, we're unraveling, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant poses some sharp questions to progressive United Methodists. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant muses on the repercussions of the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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We should pray for New Zeland's Muslims who've been told to stay away from their mosques, remembering that a faith community isn't a building, but a people, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant offers suggestions for a more peaceful, contemplative Lent. Read more

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General Conference 2019 showed that we’ve placed a greater emphasis on our Methodism rather than our God-following, and Lent is the time to repent of being our own gods, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant points out the many ways scripture endorses varieties of marriage considered inappropriate today. Read more

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The Apostle Paul knew his stuff when it came to organizing church meetings, and we ought to listen to him for General Conference 2019, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant doesn't believe that "weaponized prayer" and fasting will influence God; he trusts that God's will of inclusive love will be enacted. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant experiences a welter of conflicting emotions as he anticipates the special called General Conference coming Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo. Read more

A Way Forward

Is the noise around various Way Forward plans too loud for us to hear the words of Jesus' invitation to follow him? asks the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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With all the unity plans being considered at the 2019 General Conference, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant proposes United Methodists hark back to Jesus' plan for ministry from Isaiah 61. Read more

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