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Richard Lowell Bryant

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

Life entails constant risk whatever our circumstances, and it does no good to pretend we're not afraid, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Mar 28, 2017 9:52 AM Perspectives

Psalm 23, possibly the most well-known and memorized psalm, isn't the nice pastoral picture most of us envision, but a profound reflection on power, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Mar 22, 2017 1:30 PM Perspectives

Woman at the Well

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We make assumptions about the story of Jesus' encounter with the woman at well, maligning her and missing the point of the story, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Mar 14, 2017 4:18 PM Perspectives

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

Swan Quarter Ferry

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With a church member in hospital after a serious freak accident, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant heads off to annual conference anxiously awaiting a word from God. more

Jun 15, 2017 2:21 PM Practicing Faith

Richard Bryant Reading

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant is blunt: the thought of going to annual conference fills him with dread, because of what it portends for the future. more

Jun 12, 2017 3:29 PM Perspectives

Christians aren't all cut from the same cloth as some would have others believe, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant in an open letter to his non-churchgoing neighbors. more

Jun 8, 2017 2:44 PM Local Church

I'm Sorry, Manchester

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Harris reflects on the state of world in light of the recent attacks in western Europe and elsewhere. more

Jun 7, 2017 5:16 PM Perspectives

Attempts to explain the Holy Trinity are not only difficult, they're impossible, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. It's much wiser to let God deal with it. more

Jun 7, 2017 4:57 PM Perspectives

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

Good Samaritan 2

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May 31, 2017 3:40 PM Perspectives

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

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

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