Every White Ally Has a Little Bit of Rachel Dolezal

The controversy over Rachel Dolezal, a white woman, passing as a black woman in Spokane, Wash., prompts the Rev. Morgan Guyton to confront similar tendencies among others, especially Christians. Read more

Jun 18, 2015 7:04 PM Morgan Guyton

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Why White Christians Need to Listen to Amos and Isaiah

The prophets Amos and Isaiah warned self-righteous people that God gets angry at injustice, and in the aftermath of Baltimore's unrest, today's white Christians need to hear the same message, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

May 6, 2015 5:46 PM Morgan Guyton 2 Comments

Broken Glass

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Why Is It Only Violence When Windows Get Smashed?

Property damage from the Baltimore riots spurs the Rev. Morgan Guyton to reflect on other kinds of violence, such as unjust social systems, that don't involve breaking glass. Read more

Apr 29, 2015 1:29 PM Morgan Guyton

Love and the Day of Judgment

Judgment comes upon us constantly, but 1 John 4 assures us that love – both God's love for us and our love for one another – will be our saving grace, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Apr 21, 2015 1:28 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Walter Scott Shooting

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When People with Power Do Not Fear God

The shooting death of a black man by a white police officer in South Carolina sparks contemplation of integrity and "fear of God" in the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Apr 8, 2015 5:40 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Angry God

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Is God Offended by Our Sin?

As Lent approaches, the Rev. Morgan Guyton looks at two understandings of the nature of sin, and concludes that their interpretation isn't based so much on God's nature, but on our own. Read more

Feb 3, 2015 11:46 AM Morgan Guyton

Radical Jesus 101: Is Humanity Good or Evil?

The Rev. Morgan Guyton ponders the question that won't go away: are human beings inherently good or tainted with original sin? Read more

Jan 29, 2015 5:22 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Challenge: A Week without Mocking

The Rev. Morgan Guyton has taken a pledge not to mock anyone -- even mean-spirited people who treat him badly -- in his speech and his writing for one week. Can we do the same? Read more

Jul 2, 2014 6:15 PM Morgan Guyton

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#VAUMC14: Connection – Institution vs. Reality

Just because The United Methodist Church has a "connectional" system, that doesn't mean United Methodists form the kind of relationships that make for genuine Christian community, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Jun 25, 2014 10:45 AM Morgan Guyton

Lego King Solomon

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Should the #UMC Ask King Solomon How to Cut a Baby in Half?

The Rev. Morgan Guyton asks United Methodists to consider the tale of King Solomon and the two mothers as a metaphor for the contentious schism debate now going on in the UMC. Read more

Jun 6, 2014 8:42 AM Morgan Guyton

Resisting Injustice

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Is There Any #UMC Accountability for Resisting Injustice and Oppression?

With all the talk about enforcing United Methodism's anti-LGBT rules, the Rev. Morgan Guyton wonders why there isn't more furor over the baptismal vow we all take to resist evil. Read more

Jun 6, 2014 8:37 AM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Klingon Christians

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Klingon Christians and Their Gospel Coalitions

The Rev. Morgan Guyton discovers a new term, derived from the world of "Star Trek," to describe those who feel they must always be contending for the gospel: Klingon Christians. Read more

May 29, 2014 5:22 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Jesus, You Tell Us Not to Judge, But ...

How we Christians faithfully proclaim God's prophetic truths and yet be gracious to the people that we find distort or oppose that same truth? wonders the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

May 15, 2014 4:27 PM Morgan Guyton

Spanish Inquisition

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What Is a Heretic and What Is Orthodoy?

Looking to the Holy Bible for guidance in defining frequently used terms, the Rev. Morgan Guyton responds to a recent blog post by the Rev. Timothy Tennent, president of Asbury Theological Seminary. Read more

May 9, 2014 2:40 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Internet Troll

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Seven Ways to Be a Better Internet Critic

One of the Internet's drawbacks is that it seems to bring out the worst in people. The Rev. Morgan Guyton offers some ethical guidelines for how to participate in online conversations without turning into a troll. Read more

May 1, 2014 8:38 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Wheaton College

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The Bible Has Room for More Than One Gay Christian Story

The gracious, non-demonizing behavior of Wheaton College students toward an "ex-gay" advocate tells the Rev. Morgan Guyton that there are viable options toward the adversarial stances now taken in the church over LGBT acceptance. Read more

Feb 13, 2014 10:17 AM Morgan Guyton

Calvin vs. Wesley

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Is God's Love More Holy than His Holiness Is Loving?

The Wesleyan understanding of God as immanent love deserves to be defended in The United Methodist Church against the incursion of Calvinist theology of God's holy "otherness," writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Feb 1, 2014 7:00 PM Morgan Guyton

A Letter That Captures the Heart of the Methodist Conflict

One of the latest missives from the Institute for Religion and Democracy by a retired professor outlines for the Rev. Morgan Guyton the issues at stake in the current United Methodist cultural turmoil. Read more

Jan 9, 2014 8:42 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

My Duty to the Bible's Living Interpretation

Interpreting the Holy Bible is not a head trip for pastors and scholars, but a claim on every Christian to live out God's word for our time, especially in the UMC's current crisis over same-gender marriage, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Nov 23, 2013 2:47 PM Morgan Guyton

Justice of the Heart and Frank Schaefer

The Rev. Morgan Guyton contends that the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer for conducting his gay son's wedding did no justice to the concept of biblical justice, but instead created an idolatry elevating the Book of Discipline above the Holy Bible. Read more

Nov 21, 2013 3:41 PM Morgan Guyton 4 Comments