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Every child who comes into the world looks and behaves like Jesus. They are innocent, delightful, honest, and without deceit. And they are at risk, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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We await Christmas in profound silence with awe at what God brings in mystery, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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On this third Sunday of Advent, let people in on a joyful secret: Christ is alive! writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Perhaps Advent is about the newness to be discovered everywhere. This seems especially important these days as our church continues to make the same old tired arguments regarding who is worthy to belong, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Advent would have us learn something new regarding time, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Instead of "chronos" or linear time, Advent offers us "kairos" or a time of learning. Read more

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Childhood Thanksgiving memories and a classic Woody Guthrie song make the Rev. Bill Cotton wonder if today's church is truly for everyone. Read more

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The Rev. Bill Cotton recalls the example of his parents, who exemplified the idea that Methodists were to be a constant blessing to those in need. Read more

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As sea life dies, glaciers melt, the oceans rise, and forest fires cover too much of the land, who is willing to fight the good fight, to finish the race, to keep the faith? wonders the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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With a broad span of scholarly possibilities, the idea that we can work with God to evolve the Bible’s meanings is thrilling and could bring solution to United Methodism's conflicts, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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The story of the grateful Samaritan leper in Luke shows that faithful people are often found in situations that others reject, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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These days it would seem like we as a church are stuck in dislocation. The Rev. Bill Cotton writes that our foundation is still the solid rock of Christ. Read more

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A story from Russian literature illustrates Jesus' parable about a poor man and a rich man whose hard heart condemned him, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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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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