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Now's the time for United Methodists to focus on research and development in congregations, says the Rev. Ben Gosden, who offers five ways for local churches to put new ideas to work immediately. Read more

Local Church

Perhaps General Conference offers delegates a time to listen for God's guidance about the church's future, just as the first church conference in Jerusalem ponder the inclusion of Gentiles into a previously Jewish sect, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

GC Archive

The Rev. Ben Gosden asks the declining United Methodist Church whether it's prepared to die to existing ways and means in order to be born anew for 21st century ministry. Read more

Local Church

Make no mistake: the desire of the majority of people is to move the church into a new place where we don’t have to continue the 40-year war against those we disagree with, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

UMC Future 10 Comments

The Rev. Ben Gosden thinks the Connectional Conferences plan offers the best Way Forward option for the UMC. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

The Rev. Ben Gosden shares his answers to the often-irritating but necessary question, "How can the church be relevant?" Read more

Local Church

Now's the time for United Methodists to focus on research and development in congregations, says the Rev. Ben Gosden, who offers five ways for local churches to put new ideas to work immediately. Read more

Local Church

Perhaps General Conference offers delegates a time to listen for God's guidance about the church's future, just as the first church conference in Jerusalem ponder the inclusion of Gentiles into a previously Jewish sect, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

GC Archive

The Rev. Ben Gosden asks the declining United Methodist Church whether it's prepared to die to existing ways and means in order to be born anew for 21st century ministry. Read more

Local Church

Revival

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On Praying for Revival

Tapping into the widespread search for renewal in The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ben Gosden invites us to consider some essential steps in accomplishing a revival. Read more

Apr 15, 2015 1:38 PM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

5 Things the Church Should Stop for Lent

Rather than sacrificing sweets or social media, the Rev. Ben Gosden has a list of things the institutional church should stop doing for Lent ... and maybe permanently. Read more

Feb 26, 2015 2:59 PM Ben Gosden

In an ongoing series from UMC LEAD, the Rev. Ben Gosden describes how the love of a United Methodist congregation for his family led to his becoming a pastor. Read more

Perspectives Archive

Jimmy Fallon

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"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon's infectious joyful antics give a model for United Methodists to follow in breaking out of cynicism and divisiveness, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

Perspectives Archive

Like others, the Rev. Ben Gosden is dismayed by talk that opponents to LGBT inclusion may leave the denomination and urges redoubling efforts to avoid schism. Read more

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Lent

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Rather than focusing on giving up certain things, Christians should focus on whether their actions are aligned with their beliefs, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

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Bible Light

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Rather than a weapon of attack, the Holy Bible can serve as a tool for our spiritual enlightenment if we'll work with it together, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

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St. Edmunds Church

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With all the secular festivities around the Christmas season, maybe being pushed out to the margins of society is a good thing for the message of Incarnation, suggests the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

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Celebration

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A seasonal change in Sunday's schedule opened the Rev. Ben Gosden to an illumination: that our primary act as disciples is to offer ourselves faithfully in worship so as to be sent out into the world in service. Read more

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Stop Hunger Now

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An hour working on a mission project changes what the Rev. Ben Gosden thinks about the United Methodist idea of "connectionalism." Read more

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Pentecost

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What If ...? A Vision of Annual Conference

The Rev. Ben Gosden asserts that God's Holy Spirit is always present at Annual Conference; we just don't always recognize its Presence. Read more

May 14, 2013 6:24 AM Ben Gosden

Faith

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Some Days ...

The Rev. Ben Gosden ponders the value of faith's uncertainties amid the call for Christians to engage with the world around them. Read more

Apr 29, 2013 11:06 AM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

Lent and the Strangeness of Being Christian

The Rev. Ben Gosden muses on the profound spiritual mystery and influence of Lent, the traditional 40-day preparation for the celebration of Easter. Read more

Feb 21, 2013 2:24 PM Ben Gosden

Sabermetrics: If It’s Worth Counting in the Church, It’s Worth Counting Right

The Rev. Ben Gosden proposes a way for The United Methodist Church to use metrics in its decision-making. Read more

Nov 20, 2012 7:19 PM Ben Gosden 1 Comments