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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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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 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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No doubt about it – most of what Paul told the Corinthians about disputes applies to The United Methodist Church as it heads toward the 2019 General Conference, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

A Way Forward

His exterminator's unexpected question leaves the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant wishing more people would think to care for their pastors' spiritual needs. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Just in time for an annual observance, a young disciple teaches Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant about "a King who lived a long time ago." Read more

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Observing the Baptism of the Lord, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant ponders the frequency of water and rivers, not walls, in Christian hymns and theology. Read more

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A noted evangelical author is wrong about hating our sins, especially in a world crying out for more love, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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United Methodism's current state of turmoil roots in the long, contentious history of western Christianity, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Like many people, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant shares frustration with God over life's many challenges, until he reads again the words of Psalm 72. Read more

When the eccentrics arrive on Epiphany, show them limitless hospitality. After all, we're all magi on this journey, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Christmas' familiar rituals can lead us into unexpected paths of following Jesus, if we'll let go, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

An Advent poem from Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in U.S. Border Patrol custody prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to imagine what the world would be like if Jesus had died while he was also a refugee. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has some timely, tuneful tips for how to "sing Advent." Read more

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Much as we enjoy our communal festivities, the best place to celebrate Christmas is among the people to whom Jesus came – including the migrants and refugees so feared by some today, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Believing more in John than Baptizer than in Santa Claus means not having to overcome a lie, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Tongue firmly in cheek, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant gives a stripped-down version of the Christmas story. Read more

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