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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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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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Following his iconoclastic ways, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant discourses on popular ideas about sin, original and otherwise. more

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After 20 years of ministry, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has a few pearls of pastoral wisdom – plus Willie Nelson. more

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant provides a basic account of Jesus' life, ministry and death for people who need an easier entry into the Christian faith. more

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A mandatory conference meeting on disaster preparedness puts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryan to wondering whether The United Methodist Church is really ready for the prospect of breaking apart. more

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It might be an out-of-touch word, but "stoked" genuinely describes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's feeling about God's faithfulness. more

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After being a leader in public prayer at graduation, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant decides it's much too questionable for him to continue the practice. more

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Ever challenging, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant contends that the idea of The Trinity -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- is a human theological conjecture that tries to explain the mystery of how God relates to God's self. more

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Pentecost is about God's appearance and our response, not about our personal feelings, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Let's stop using the word "unchurched," because it has become a vague and insulting stereotype that doesn't help with sharing the Good News, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant compares the churches of Paul's letters to today's United Methodist Church. more

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Flying Jesus

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Don't get hung up on a flying Jesus for Ascension Sunday, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. It's far more about how to move ahead or start over in faith and mission. more

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Paul's name change doesn't have the deep theological significance it has been given, just as there are other things we’ve taken out of context from the Bible, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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We don’t believe that Jesus loves us because we allow the world to make a convincing case for not believing Jesus when he says he loves us, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels may have laid the groundwork for communism, but John and Charles Wesley had similar thoughts about economics and society, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Dirty Hands

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Peter's vision about "unclean" things in the Book of Acts gives the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant sufficient justification to forego doctrinally pure "zombie Christianity." 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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