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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

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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. 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. more

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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

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

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A poetic reflection on the Manchester bombing. 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. 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. 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. more

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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

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

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The sex scandal at Willow Creek Community Church prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to ponder how we church folk often lurch from fad to fad seeking leadership tricks and bigger numbers. more

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Christian can’t pause, stop, or break from the need to be compassionate, but within the larger community of believers, we can share our responsibilities and so ease our individual compassion fatigue, writes the Rev. Richard Bryant. more

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Allowing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a United Methodist, to escape accountability for actions that have resulted in the abuse of immigrant children echoes the Nazis' Nuremberg Defense, writes the Rev. Richard Bryant. more

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When Jesus says, "I am the bread of life," he's talking against the grain of conventional wisdom that says what we store up will sustain us forever, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The story of David and Bathsheba, wife of Uzziah, and of Nathan the truth-teller, hold important lessons about the dictatorial abuse of power known as fascism, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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A stoned homeless man who rode out torrential flooding in a hammock tied between two trees near the church preached an unexpected sermon to the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Our insular natures keep us from showing the kind of holy empathy we'd have if some of the world's disasters were occurring in the United States, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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This week's lectionary passages make the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant queasy – they're just too close to real life. And he emailed God about it. more

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You would think if a magazine intended to print an article attacking you and your ideas, the editor might let you know. That didn’t happen with a Good News article about him, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Responses from the participants at a regional meeting on the Way Forward proposal leave the Rev. Richard Bryant deeply concerned for the UMC's future. more

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The New Testament has a lot to say about crossing borders, including Jesus coming in forms we don't expect, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Before imitating the anti-detention witness of an Indiana church, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant cautions us to look at the ways we have "detained" Jesus in our own lives and churches. more

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There's a lot in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, that's just plain wrong by today's laws, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks that Christians can look to models who combine faith and action that will energize their discipleship. more

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks there is a growing malignant sense of self-entitled vengeance leaving many Americans unanchored to any larger sense of morality or virtue. more

Asking someone of a different political persuasion to leave a premises – as a restaurant owner did to presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders – isn't the way to build an inclusive church and community, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Is this a Bonhoeffer or Selma moment for Christians and other believers to stand up to American brutality? wonders the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Following his iconoclastic ways, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant discourses on popular ideas about sin, original and otherwise. more

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After 20 years of ministry, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has a few pearls of pastoral wisdom – plus Willie Nelson. more

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant provides a basic account of Jesus' life, ministry and death for people who need an easier entry into the Christian faith. more

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