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When facing familiar passages of scripture, what new perspective can one say about a well-known text? asks the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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The Rev. Bill Cotton thinks that Paul's letter to the slave owner Philemon was put into the Christian canon "to let us see how Christian influence can make the difference." Read more

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Amid all today's trials and tribulations, scripture promises us one sure thing: Jesus the Christ, God's human incarnation of love, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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These days our church is caught in a great struggle regarding our identity. Can we have enough faith to preserve what is good about Methodism, much as Jeremiah bought farmland to rebuild after Israel's conquest? Read more

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The Rev. Bill Cotton finds that a key passage in Hebrews advocates letting go of the sins that burden us. Read more

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Scripture says love is the greatest of three virtues, but Rev. Bill Cotton finds that hope is just as indispensable. Read more

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The Rev. Bill Cotton finds that one lesson from this week's scriptures is how to deal with human covetousness. Read more

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Prayer is always appropriate, but helping God fulfill prayers often requires creative action on our part, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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When we see Jesus and his works, we glimpse the intentions of the invisible God: love and justice, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Loving Neighbor

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Jesus turned the old law on its head by having a despised Samaritan go beyond the law to extend mercy, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. A higher law than courts and lawyers and religious organizations emerged – the neighbor’s need. Read more

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Even in our darkest times, the psalmist reminds us that weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning, says the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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A "preacher's smorgasbord" of scriptures for June 30 gives a plethora of options for those moving to new assignments and those who want to celebrate love of country. Read more

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What does "sheer silence" sound like? asks the Rev. Bill Cotton of Elijah's tale. Read more

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John Wesley Bust

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The Rev. Bill Cotton finds himself acting more like his father, who was a "do-no-harm" Methodist. Read more

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The Rev. Bill Cotton, preparing to attend his 63rd session of annual conference, reflects on how the UMC's current turmoil dates back to Paul. Read more

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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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