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Salvation isn't "pie in the sky when we die," but a never-ending journey into becoming whole through spiritual union with our infinite God, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

Mar 16, 2018 2:22 PM Practicing Faith

We practice "the better" when we seek out and befriend those who have gone into hiding, and tell them of God's love, writes the Rev. Steve Harper. more

Mar 7, 2018 11:02 AM Practicing Faith

Disciples of Jesus are called upon to be alert to opportunities to show love and support justice in the world, writes the Rev. Neil Leftwich. more

Jan 31, 2018 2:45 PM Practicing Faith

Ultimately, all the greats say that self-mastery underlies any accomplishments or hope of a truly fulfilling life, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. We pay attention to the mundane to free us to tackle the more significant and complex problems. more

Jan 30, 2018 8:39 AM Christy Thomas

Little things make the big things: what little things that make big things could we do in the big “do-over” time that we call the New Year? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Jan 2, 2018 1:43 PM Christy Thomas

Rather than a passive viewing of the coming of Christmas, Advent is a time for active engagement with God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Dec 19, 2017 2:39 PM Practicing Faith

Learning to love as Jesus loves takes hard work, so why should we think of the Church as an exercise-free zone? asks the Rev. Jim Burklo. more

Nov 2, 2017 4:07 PM Practicing Faith


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How your emotions affect you depends on which emotion you give more attention and energy, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

Oct 23, 2017 4:24 PM Practicing Faith

If prayer is genuinely getting closer to God, then being uncomfortable while praying could mean that you're allowing yourself to be vulnerable to God's direction, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Oct 3, 2017 3:41 PM Practicing Faith

In his campus ministry, the Rev. Morgan Guyton finds those young people who are thirsty for God are more receptive than those who've grown up in the church. more

Sep 14, 2017 3:28 PM Perspectives

Valendy & Sons

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Just as children learn attitudes and behaviors from their parents, the Rev. Jason Valendy finds that spiritual formation matures from mimicking to imitation. more

May 30, 2017 2:04 PM Practicing Faith

Flower through Leaves

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Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Annual Conference reminds readers of how the beauty of relationships and God's creation can restore our souls in these difficult times. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:20 PM Practicing Faith

The Three Most Important Things

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Life's two most important things rely on the third most important thing in order to function well, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

Feb 21, 2017 5:50 PM Practicing Faith


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Combining spiritual practices with everyday activities helps Christian leaders get the most out of their day, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

Feb 10, 2017 1:25 PM Practicing Faith

Working on a book about faith in grief, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler better understands a spiritual truth: Suffering and change go hand-in-hand. more

Feb 8, 2017 11:34 AM Practicing Faith

3 Ways to Meditate

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Rev. Jack Shitama introduces three simple ways to connect with God every day that will relieve anxiety and replenish energy for daily life. more

Feb 7, 2017 2:35 PM Practicing Faith

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton has been invited to explain Christian spirituality to a group with no Christian affiliation. Here's what he plans to say. more

Oct 19, 2016 11:33 AM Practicing Faith

Alpine Lily

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An alpine trail's instructions give the Rev. F. Richard Garland insights into how to live faithfully as a Christian. more

Sep 27, 2016 4:36 PM Practicing Faith

Much of our spiritual journey is spent trying to control our need to succeed, but if we achieve true humility, we're still challenged by our need for acclaim, writes the Rev. Irvin J. Boudreaux. more

Sep 21, 2016 4:30 PM Practicing Faith

White Helmets

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Suffering is a constant in life, but Christians have ways to respond that confront and transcend the pain, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Sep 15, 2016 3:29 PM Practicing Faith