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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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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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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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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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When Resurrection comes around, hold out for Real Jesus, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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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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Visiting the relic of a Methodist church on a nearby island, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant ponders what will be the legacy of today's fractious United Methodist Church in another 50 years. more

Former FBI Director James Comey's new book gives the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant an opportunity to remind Christians that our only loyalty should be to God, and that we should question all else in light of it. more

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When it comes to God, there is no way to escape God's intimate knowledge of us, nor God's relentless search to draw us into boundless, eternal divine love, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Fear causes most of today's polarized arguments, which is why Jesus first tells his disciples to be at peace after the Resurrection, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Wearing a clerical robe is a visible reminder that a preacher, like Martin Luther King Jr., not only speaks God's words from the Bible but speaks for God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The character of Thomas gives us a way to face up to our doubts when circumstances seem too fantastic to be real, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Few theological issues are as controversial as theories of atonement, or the question, "Why did Jesus have to die?" writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Take your Easter off autopilot by asking these questions about the deeper aspects of Holy Week, suggests the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The link between the wise men in Matthew's gospel and the events of Holy Week point us toward another path in life, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Look beyond the Palm Sunday parade to what God calls us to be and do, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Holy Week confronts us with a crucial question: Who are we in the story of Jesus? asks the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Although he describes himself as a former United Methodist minister, John Pavlovitz was never part of the ordained clergy, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The myth of St. Patrick has brought little good to Ireland, and it's time to stop its glorification, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant expands upon his interpretation of John 3:16. more

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John 3:16 may be worn out as the best way to witness to God's unconditional, never-failing grace and love, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Grief is something that transcends time and can't be forced to conclude, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Do our visions of Jesus' identity reflect our own likes and dislikes? asks the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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G.K. Chesterton's lovable cleric detective, Father Brown, has taught the Rev. Richard Lowell Brown many pastoral care tips, including never turning down a piece of cake. more

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The congruence of Valentine's Day with Ash Wednesday sets the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to thinking about God's complicated love life. more

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