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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 5 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

Jordan Bryant

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Spending Solar Eclipse Day inside the driver's license office gives the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant some insights into why Jesus said the kingdom of God is all around us. more

Aug 22, 2017 4:51 PM Practicing Faith

Lee Statue Vandalized

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For raising the moral question about a statue of Robert E. Lee at United Methodist-related Duke University's chapel, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant gets criticism – and a death threat. more

Aug 17, 2017 2:18 PM Perspectives 9 Comments

The religious resistance is in dire need of some unifying music -- something positive, upbeat, and a little hipper, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Aug 16, 2017 10:25 AM Perspectives

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant offers a counterpoint to the recent perspectives of what Christians should do in the wake of racial violence in Charlottesville, Va. more

Aug 14, 2017 12:36 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

The militant god promoted this week by some religious leaders doesn't look like the God embodied by Jesus in the New Testament, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Aug 11, 2017 5:49 PM Practicing Faith

Just like open source software that anyone can improve upon, United Methodist theology could benefit from being unleashed for common enhancement, writes Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Aug 9, 2017 3:59 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Ocracoke Blackout

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The people of Ocracoke Island are in crisis after a construction accident severed their power lines, and the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant documents how the local civilization is crumbling. more

Aug 1, 2017 3:19 PM Perspectives

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 5 Comments

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant offers five questions to the Rev. David Watson's recent proposal on what United Methodism will look like in the future. more

Jul 17, 2017 4:51 PM Perspectives

Perhaps the greatest mistake other than having a Facebook debate is having a religious debate on Facebook, because God and Facebook do not mix, asserts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jul 13, 2017 1:21 PM Perspectives

"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

Ocracoke Steeple

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Jul 11, 2017 12:46 PM Local Church

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

A dive into the history of Methodism's founder brings the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to a conclusion: we really don't know what it means to be Methodist today, and we'd better figure it out. more

Jun 27, 2017 3:15 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

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