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Billy Cox

Though the church may seem to be polarized by politics, there is one reality that never changes for the preacher in the pulpit: the pews are full of broken hearts, writes the Rev. Billy Cox. Read more

Ordained Ministry

After a 50-year career in ordained ministry, the Rev. Billy Cox is convinced that the threat of dividing The United Methodist Church over the acceptance of LGBTQ people is foolish. Read more

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WWII Propaganda Poster

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A veteran of the war against the Nazis, the Rev. Billy Cox finds the study of history more urgent than ever in America's current crisis about race and white supremacy. Read more

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Jesus Communion

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Drawing on his six decades of pastoral ministry, the Rev. Billy Cox compares American Methodism's past errors in judgment to today's conflict over the acceptance of LGBTQ people. Read more

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Bottom line

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The Rev. Billy Cox remembers how a vigorous board member taught him to think strategically about what the ultimate goal – the bottom line – of any project might be. Read more

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Front Porch

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"Front Porch Therapy" – where people can greet one another and view the world – could be just what's needed to create a more compassionate community, writes the Rev. Billy Cox. Read more

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Pope Francis

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The Rev. Billy Cox wonders if the warm feelings engendered by Pope Francis' message of love will last among American Christians. Read more

Practicing Faith

When his exterminator showed up armed with a gun, the Rev. Billy Cox was moved to contemplate the effect of "concealed carry" legislation around the country. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

The Rev. Billy J. Cox encourages Christians to remain committed to a vision of hope amid the recent series of events. Read more

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Billy Cox asks why 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed 9 worshipers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC., on June 17. Read more

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Railway Man

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United Methodist Billy Cox finds the movie "The Railway Man" to be an apt reminder of how essential letting go of hatred is to one's soul. Read more

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As a new year moves on, the Rev. Billy Cox reminds us that power settles on those who seek new frontiers, and that terrorism comes in many forms right where we are, not just "over there." Read more

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Human beings are prone to being ugly in any conflict, as the latest events in the Middle East have shown, writes the Rev. Billy J. Cox. Read more

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Jesus Communion

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Drawing on his six decades of pastoral ministry, the Rev. Billy Cox compares American Methodism's past errors in judgment to today's conflict over the acceptance of LGBTQ people. Read more

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Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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Retired pastor the Rev. Billy Cox proposes a simple path to move The United Methodist Church forward from its current divisions over unity and human sexuality. Read more

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Christ in the House

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The Rev. Billy Cox draws on his pastoral experience to suggest that now is the time for more of us to sit down with our neighbors over a meal and talk through our differences, as Jesus and his disciples once did. Read more

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Bottom line

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The Rev. Billy Cox remembers how a vigorous board member taught him to think strategically about what the ultimate goal – the bottom line – of any project might be. Read more

Perspectives

Front Porch

Photo Courtesy Sodahead.com

"Front Porch Therapy" – where people can greet one another and view the world – could be just what's needed to create a more compassionate community, writes the Rev. Billy Cox. Read more

Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Pope Francis

Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service. All rights reserved.

The Rev. Billy Cox wonders if the warm feelings engendered by Pope Francis' message of love will last among American Christians. Read more

Practicing Faith

When his exterminator showed up armed with a gun, the Rev. Billy Cox was moved to contemplate the effect of "concealed carry" legislation around the country. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Billy Cox asks why 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed 9 worshipers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC., on June 17. Read more

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