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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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In the face of life's fear-producing hurricanes, there is hope, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant responds to recent events with poetic introspection. more

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The Rev. Richard Bryant responds to President Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, who has alleged sexual assault by his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. more

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A funeral for one of his Ocracoke parishioners, delayed by Hurricane Florence, prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's reflection that although it's fleeting, life should still be lived compassionately, with meaning and joy. more

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It's the little things that cause people to leave churches, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant is amazed at how infrequently how we seem never to apply Jesus’ question in Mark 9 to our own lives: “What were you arguing about during the journey?” more

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Be careful when you say "Amen," because then you're on the hook for doing whatever your part is to bring about what you asked God to do, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence from which he was evacuated, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant ponders the first action of the Samaritan for the wounded man: listening. more

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On the run from a hurricane, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes time to reflect on how Florence represents the changing nature of our planet. more

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Seen through 21st century eyes, Jesus' encounter with the Syro-Phoenician woman shows us behaviors that we should learn from, not emulate, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Three deaths in one weekend in the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's small, close-knit island community lead him to ponder how ill-prepared most Americans are to deal with life's certain reality of death. more

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Jesus encountered difficulty with know-it-all people, too religious for their own good, and determined to use God as a means to alienate and judge others rather than bring people together, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jettison the "Jesus junk" that makes us into public spectacles, and practice faith in the humble way that Jesus instructs, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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A new book authored by leaders of United Methodist traditionalist caucuses draws criticism from the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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How do we pray for those who seem to have placed themselves beyond decency and respect, wonders the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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It's time to stop thinking of prayer as a verb and instead embody our prayers through our actions on the way to the 2019 General Conference, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. 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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