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Institutional power structures in society and in church, in which women who speak out about sexual abuse they've suffered are disbelieved, must be overthrown by Christians committed to overcoming evil with good. more

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Loving God

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We're in a time when it's necessary to drop outmoded theologies in favor of renewing "the religion of the heart," as John Wesley put it -- our close relationship with God, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Feeding

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Being faithful in "little things" brings every Christian the opportunity to be salt, light and leaven wherever they are, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Salt March

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Acts of non-conformance adopted by United Methodists this year are in fact the highest form of loyalty -- nonviolent non-cooperation with unjust law, writes the Rev. Dr. Stephen Harper. more

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Steve Harper finds a world of wisdom for United Methodists in recent Lectionary readings on God choosing diversity. more

2016 General Conference

Delegates Unity

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The intentional breakup of The United Methodist Church through schism is an impulse that must be resisted, writes the Rev. Dr. Stephen Harper. more

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The forced resignation of the Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson because he is a gay man who married his partner causes the Rev. Steve Harper to recall a bishop's plea for the UMC to suspend its retributive actions against LGBT people and their allies. more

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The Rev. Steve Harper points out ways for The United Methodist Church to stay together than to split apart. more

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Split Church

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Recent protests by conservative bloggers that they don't intend to split The United Methodist Church has the Rev. Steve Harper wondering why they still feel a need to post legislative models for schism? more

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Words

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Dr. Steve Harper says three words have the power to transform fractious church encounters – and they're not the three words you might expect. more

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A Facebook meme and some empty-nester downsizing lead Cynthia B. Astle to choose favorite books from her "offensive library." more

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Immigrants

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We are saved by Christ, of course. But Christ gives us eyes to see and ears to hear to recognize and respond to life differently. We end up living by what we “see” and how we enact that sight, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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The WCA has thrived on sub rosa telegraphing that shows what they are really up to (despite their denials), while posturing themselves to be ” the only ones who have the truth,” writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper cites several sources to refute repeated allegations by traditionalist colleagues that progressives have no "cogent case" for LGBTQ-plus acceptance. more

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"Willful ignorance" on the urgent need to address climate change isn't mere politics; it's one more example of the age-old curse of Cain in killing our brothers, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Sharing the sadness and disappointment felt by many United Methodists, the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper examines the misogyny behind votes rejecting a church constitutional amendment meant to protect women and girls. more

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A closed-door meeting of some 50 evangelical leaders gives the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper a glimmer of hope that the pernicious influence of politics on American Christianity can be reversed. more

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Elijah Icon

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A fundamentalist theology that claims God's rules don't apply to the "kingdoms of the world" ignores the prophetic witness of both the Old and New Testaments, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Galactic Sunrise

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Key to "practicing the better" is to understand the formative images of the Bible – light, life and love, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Sunrise

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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

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Learning to see the sacred in the ordinary can be a key to "practicing the better" in life, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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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

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Diana Butler Bass

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We're living through a chaotic time of ending/beginning, and we'll find hope for the journey if we heed today's "mystic-prophets," writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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John  of Patmos

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The Book of Revelation, as apocalyptic literature, needs to be read carefully and all the way to the end, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Seeing a new movie about civil rights leader Thurgood Marshall helps the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper realize how the phrase "Christian nation" is a euphemism for a "whites only" society. more

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Commission on A Way Forward

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As the Way Forward Commission meets in Berlin, the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper pleads for a proposal for the future that roots itself in love, not law, regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in The United Methodist Church. more

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Excusing bad behavior with "I'm only human" denies our true identities as beings whose nature is little less than the angels, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Conversion of the Jailer

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The story of Paul and Silas healing a slave who earned money for her masters by telling fortunes offers a good example of how testing our economy against our faith causes a moral uproar, writes Dr. Steve Harper. more

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Loving God

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We're in a time when it's necessary to drop outmoded theologies in favor of renewing "the religion of the heart," as John Wesley put it -- our close relationship with God, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Feeding

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Being faithful in "little things" brings every Christian the opportunity to be salt, light and leaven wherever they are, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. more

Practicing Faith

Salt March

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Acts of non-conformance adopted by United Methodists this year are in fact the highest form of loyalty -- nonviolent non-cooperation with unjust law, writes the Rev. Dr. Stephen Harper. more

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