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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. more

Jul 25, 2017 11:02 AM Perspectives 6 Comments

"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. more

Jul 12, 2017 6:04 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

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. more

Jul 5, 2017 2:07 PM Practicing Faith

Ocracoke UMC

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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. more

Jun 19, 2017 3:21 PM Practicing Faith

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

Jun 1, 2017 4:16 PM Practicing Faith

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. more

May 30, 2017 3:02 PM

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. more

May 24, 2017 1:49 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

A poetic reflection on the Manchester bombing. more

May 23, 2017 12:21 PM

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. more

May 17, 2017 1:05 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

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. more

May 15, 2017 5:25 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

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. more

May 9, 2017 5:16 PM Practicing Faith

Bryant at Computer

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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. more

May 5, 2017 3:38 PM Practicing Faith

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

Apr 28, 2017 4:15 PM Practicing Faith

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. more

Apr 27, 2017 3:02 PM Practicing Faith

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. more

Apr 25, 2017 5:36 PM Practicing Faith

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. more

Apr 24, 2017 11:33 AM Perspectives

Ocracoke Tombs

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

Apr 13, 2017 12:14 PM Practicing Faith

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. more

Apr 12, 2017 1:22 PM Perspectives

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. more

Apr 10, 2017 4:12 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

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. more

Apr 4, 2017 11:15 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

G.K. Chesterton's lovable cleric detective, Father Brown, has taught the Rev. Richard Lowell Brown many pastoral care tips, including never turning down a piece of cake. more

Feb 13, 2018 4:23 PM Ordained Ministry

The congruence of Valentine's Day with Ash Wednesday sets the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to thinking about God's complicated love life. more

Feb 8, 2018 4:38 PM Practicing Faith

If we don’t understand someone (or something), we try to control what we don’t know or dislike, and that's when God leaves our tent, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:51 PM Perspectives

As important as a Way Forward conversation is, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant and his congregation want the UMC to make a decision so they can get on with their religious lives. more

Jan 30, 2018 3:10 PM Perspectives

Buckle up, folks! It's time to move that Gospel goodness past the bad guys and into waiting hearts, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 29, 2018 11:59 AM

The more he sees of life's randomness, the more the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has come to doubt the existence of “miracles.” more

Jan 25, 2018 1:47 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Time for a religious gut-check, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 22, 2018 2:49 PM Perspectives

The simple act of inviting someone to "come and see" leads people – and us – to encounter Jesus, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 17, 2018 11:20 AM Perspectives

Those places from which President Trump doesn't want immigrants are precisely where Jesus resides, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 12, 2018 11:02 AM Perspectives

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant tackles the theological and social justice implications of misappropriating Jesus and biblical texts about welcoming strangers. more

Jan 10, 2018 6:36 PM Perspectives

Through baptism, we encounter Jesus one step at a time as we journey though life, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 8, 2018 4:44 PM Perspectives

A sign from the margins, set to poetry by the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 8, 2018 3:54 PM Perspectives

America's opioid addiction crisis demands that churches learn anew how to talk about how Jesus' life intersects with spiritual and physical pain, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 2, 2018 3:27 PM Perspectives

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks he can keep his New Year's resolutions – at least, that's what he's telling himself as 2018 begins. more

Jan 2, 2018 3:20 PM Perspectives

In the silence, we’re left to ponder a God who has become a person, a God with no crib, a God surrounded by animals, and a God who made himself so vulnerable he died, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 20, 2017 3:33 PM Practicing Faith

Rather than a passive viewing of the coming of Christmas, Advent is a time for active engagement with God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 19, 2017 2:39 PM Practicing Faith

Still No Room

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Nativity scenes that distract us from the harsh realities of Jesus' birth – still felt by too many today – ought to be done away with, asserts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 12, 2017 6:13 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Beware the simple slogans of Christmas' "reason," because God doesn't need a reason, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 7, 2017 4:06 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Santa and Baby Jesus

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What matters most about the approaching Nativity is what we do when we leave the manger, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 5, 2017 4:24 PM Practicing Faith