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The great 50 days of the Easter season offer many opportunities for new encounters with the Risen Christ. Read more

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For Easter sermons, the Rev. Bill Cotton offers a declaration of the true power of Christ's Resurrection. Read more

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Rev. Bill Cotton offers three suggestions for those who will preach the Christian story on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Read more

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After his temptation, Jesus began to create signs of a new age, a new beginning. And that is our task: to create the signs that point to a new and different way to live, to love, to welcome the stranger, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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As those "untimely born" like the Apostle Paul, we disciples today have the ability to know the Risen Christ and to know that some teachings of the past must not rule our future, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Following T. S. Eliot's counsel, the Rev. Bill Cotton ponders the sex, politics and theology of the coming special General Conference and winds up contemplating a donkey. Read more

A Way Forward

The announcement of Jesus' birth to lowly shepherds by a heavenly host prompts the Rev. Bill Cotton to ponder what kind of conglomeration United Methodists will be at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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The Rev. Bill Cotton first learned about racism under an old peach tree in East Texas where his white mother let him meet his African-American playmates. Now he backs the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more

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Recalling Norman Rockwell's iconic painting "Freedom from want," the Rev. Bill Cotton counsels that in today's America, churches should embrace a fifth freedom, to resist the systems that are creating want, or poverty. Read more

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Whenever we isolate a group of folks, turn them into social lepers, we have just lost Jesus, because he will go and stand with the isolated, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Queen Esther made "God-talk" when she saved the Jews in Persia from slaughter, and today the "Raging Grannies" walk the same walk, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Sunday school may seem like a quaint, dying tradititon, but the Rev. Bill Cotton knows it as the place where faith and community relationships are first formed and much needed. Read more

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A 72-year-old retired librarian came to the Rev. Bill Cotton's Course of Study school because there were children in her small rural church that needed to be baptized. Read more

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Despite Martin Luther's distaste for it, the Book of James contains hardly a paragraph that is not focused on human need, which is the church's primary task, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Of the mixed bag of scriptures for Sept. 2, 2018, the epistle attributed to James seems to be most relevant for today with its call to practice "true religion," writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Being an unanxious presence in our troubling time is not timidity, or silence—nor is it rage and condemnation. It is thoughtfulness—what to say, when to speak; it is searching for and speaking to the greater good, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Rev. Bill Cotton finds parallels between the stories of John the Baptist and the Apostle Paul and the story of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton." Read more

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