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Richard Lowell Bryant

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

Steve Jobs

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Used by Christians for millennia as the ultimate "clobber" scripture -- as in "believe it or die" -- John 3:16 is really the introduction to the "one more thing" that inspires faith, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Mar 7, 2017 10:41 AM Perspectives

Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to bind up America’s identity with Christianity in the first place, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. What if, for Lent, we started giving up some of the America in American Christianity? more

Mar 3, 2017 1:56 PM Perspectives

Broken Cross & Flame

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News that two large United Methodist congregations in Mississippi want to leave the denomination shouldn't frighten the rest of us, contends the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Feb 23, 2017 4:06 PM Perspectives

Bryant Glitter

UM Insight Screecap

In a video blog post, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant – AKA "Redneck Preacher" – says sparkling ashes show God's promise of what's to come at the end of Lent. more

Feb 16, 2017 3:14 PM Perspectives

When one of his congregation's most faithful saints faces a serious health crisis, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant engages in one of humankind's oldest questions to God: Why do bad things happen to good people? more

Feb 14, 2017 2:29 PM Local Church

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant satirizes the legend of the so-called "Bowling Green Massacre" with a Methodist twist. more

Feb 3, 2017 12:10 PM Perspectives

Eucharist

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The central act of Christian worship – the Eucharist, or Holy Communion – offers Jesus' followers a life-giving opportunity of welcome, unlike executive orders, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:45 AM Perspectives

Inauguration comparison

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So what's more important for Christians in ministering to the world -- the headcount, or the ultimate mission? asks the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 24, 2017 2:51 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Inauguration 2009

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It's a complicated questions, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant, because Jesus has already inaugurated a far different government – the realm of God. more

Jan 18, 2017 12:37 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Andy Griffith Show

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant brings a big dose of "real world" to the nostalgia for a fictional white Christian America exemplified by Mayberry of the classic "Andy Griffith Show." more

Jan 10, 2017 3:58 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Kidnap Jesus

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Get past the tamed version of most Nativity scenes to bring Jesus into the hard realities of the here and now, just as when he was born, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 19, 2016 2:32 PM Practicing Faith

As is his wont, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes a different tack on a commonly accepted saying and comes up with a thought-provoking concept. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 PM Practicing Faith

Jesus and Santa

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Why wait during Advent? The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has a poetic answer. more

Dec 1, 2016 2:23 PM Practicing Faith

Parable Fragment

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It doesn't matter who's on the earthly throne when it comes to sharing the story of Jesus, according to a parable fragment imagined by the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Nov 9, 2016 6:57 PM Perspectives

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks Christians shouldn't allow their religious beliefs to guide how they vote. more

Nov 1, 2016 3:10 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Broken Cross & Flame

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes issue with Bishop Kenneth Carder's viewpoint on what a breakup of The United Methodist Church might mean, based on John Wesley's own schismatic actions. more

Oct 13, 2016 2:13 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Like those who observe the ancient Christian practice of praying at specific hours of the day. the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has a word from his midday prayer. more

Oct 4, 2016 3:00 PM Practicing Faith

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

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

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

Steve Jobs

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

Used by Christians for millennia as the ultimate "clobber" scripture -- as in "believe it or die" -- John 3:16 is really the introduction to the "one more thing" that inspires faith, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Mar 7, 2017 10:41 AM Perspectives

Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to bind up America’s identity with Christianity in the first place, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. What if, for Lent, we started giving up some of the America in American Christianity? more

Mar 3, 2017 1:56 PM Perspectives

Broken Cross & Flame

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

News that two large United Methodist congregations in Mississippi want to leave the denomination shouldn't frighten the rest of us, contends the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Feb 23, 2017 4:06 PM Perspectives

Bryant Glitter

UM Insight Screecap

In a video blog post, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant – AKA "Redneck Preacher" – says sparkling ashes show God's promise of what's to come at the end of Lent. more

Feb 16, 2017 3:14 PM Perspectives

When one of his congregation's most faithful saints faces a serious health crisis, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant engages in one of humankind's oldest questions to God: Why do bad things happen to good people? more

Feb 14, 2017 2:29 PM Local Church

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant satirizes the legend of the so-called "Bowling Green Massacre" with a Methodist twist. more

Feb 3, 2017 12:10 PM Perspectives

Eucharist

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

The central act of Christian worship – the Eucharist, or Holy Communion – offers Jesus' followers a life-giving opportunity of welcome, unlike executive orders, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:45 AM Perspectives

Inauguration comparison

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

So what's more important for Christians in ministering to the world -- the headcount, or the ultimate mission? asks the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jan 24, 2017 2:51 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Inauguration 2009

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

It's a complicated questions, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant, because Jesus has already inaugurated a far different government – the realm of God. more

Jan 18, 2017 12:37 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Andy Griffith Show

CBS Television via Wikimedia Commons

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant brings a big dose of "real world" to the nostalgia for a fictional white Christian America exemplified by Mayberry of the classic "Andy Griffith Show." more

Jan 10, 2017 3:58 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Kidnap Jesus

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

Get past the tamed version of most Nativity scenes to bring Jesus into the hard realities of the here and now, just as when he was born, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 19, 2016 2:32 PM Practicing Faith

As is his wont, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes a different tack on a commonly accepted saying and comes up with a thought-provoking concept. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 PM Practicing Faith

Jesus and Santa

CardCow.com

Why wait during Advent? The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has a poetic answer. more

Dec 1, 2016 2:23 PM Practicing Faith

Parable Fragment

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

It doesn't matter who's on the earthly throne when it comes to sharing the story of Jesus, according to a parable fragment imagined by the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Nov 9, 2016 6:57 PM Perspectives

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks Christians shouldn't allow their religious beliefs to guide how they vote. more

Nov 1, 2016 3:10 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Broken Cross & Flame

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes issue with Bishop Kenneth Carder's viewpoint on what a breakup of The United Methodist Church might mean, based on John Wesley's own schismatic actions. more

Oct 13, 2016 2:13 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Like those who observe the ancient Christian practice of praying at specific hours of the day. the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has a word from his midday prayer. more

Oct 4, 2016 3:00 PM Practicing Faith