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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 6 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

God as Architect

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In the contrast of two very different funerals, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds a sacred encounter with God "being God" in the face of death. more

Oct 11, 2017 5:42 PM Practicing Faith

So much of what we think we believe in both religion and politics is being manipulated by outside forces that the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks it's time we moved to remembering how much God love us. more

Oct 9, 2017 5:13 PM Perspectives

For all its horror, the Las Vegas massacre proved again an eternal truth: our humanity connects us, and no misbegotten notions of who or what is valuable and authentic can change that, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Oct 6, 2017 1:37 PM Perspectives

Abandoned hat

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant implores God to bring comfort to those harmed by the Las Vegas shooting, and resolve to those whose hearts are weary of violence. more

Oct 3, 2017 3:19 PM Practicing Faith

Puerto Rico Hug

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Jesus didn't "write a memo" when people were in need, and we shouldn't have to issue memos either, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Sep 28, 2017 3:25 PM Practicing Faith

MLK Kneeling

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What the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks of taking a knee, he thinks of these things. more

Sep 27, 2017 1:36 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Stay Methodist

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If the world really does end on Sept. 23 as a "Christian numerologist" has predicted, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has the Methodist angle covered in humor. more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM Perspectives

The Egyptians' genocide of the Hebrews and Moses' murder of an Egyptian weren't morally equivalent, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. There wasn't violence on both sides. more

Sep 19, 2017 1:05 PM Perspectives

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant examines the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation through a lens of what's happening in The United Methodist Church. more

Sep 19, 2017 1:05 PM Perspectives

Small Groups Way Forward

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The United Methodist Church is wasting money and people power much needed elsewhere on the far-flung meetings of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant more

Sep 13, 2017 12:41 PM A Way Forward 6 Comments

Despair

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The wealth of natural disasters and manmade crises of these past weeks and months can lead us to despair, but the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant counsels there are ways to resist. more

Sep 8, 2017 11:35 AM Practicing Faith

Cone of Uncertainty

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As Hurricane Irma takes aim at Florida, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant reminds us that we can face the storm's threats because we already manage risks every day. more

Sep 8, 2017 11:28 AM Practicing Faith

Bible glasses

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The sayings that Jesus gave in his Sermon on the Mount have a deep meaning that will upset the status quo and dramatically reordering the world, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Sep 8, 2017 11:22 AM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Unpopular Opinion

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Too many United Methodist congregations have become like the statues and monuments at the center of the current controversy over Confederate symbols, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Aug 24, 2017 1:57 PM Local Church

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