Flint Bottled Water

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Rather than obsessing about our mortality, a better, more Wesleyan option is to live each day working to relieve the suffering of others, writes the Rev. Bill Steward. Read more

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A funeral for one of his Ocracoke parishioners, delayed by Hurricane Florence, prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's reflection that although it's fleeting, life should still be lived compassionately, with meaning and joy. Read more

Practicing Faith

Three deaths in one weekend in the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's small, close-knit island community lead him to ponder how ill-prepared most Americans are to deal with life's certain reality of death. Read more

Practicing Faith

How do we pray for those who seem to have placed themselves beyond decency and respect, wonders the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more


If we only cling to life, we miss the gospel message that death does not have the last word. Now there's an app for that, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more


God as Architect

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In the contrast of two very different funerals, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds a sacred encounter with God "being God" in the face of death. Read more

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The situation around British baby Charlie Gard reminds us that as much as life and death hurt, we make it ever so much worse by denying that death is not inevitable, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. It is. For all of us. Read more

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Hayden Valley

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Marking the one-year anniversary of his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler looks back on how his life has changed as he moved through his grief. Read more

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The untimely death of a young man named Jay brings the Rev. Morgan Guyton and the NOLA Wesley Foundation to a grief that has them struggling to understand, yet grateful for the blessing of his presence. Read more

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The death of her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Grebe, resurrects the age-old questions about the deepest mysteries of life and death, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Spinoza on Death

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The best response to the Orlando shootings, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant, is to live each day in ways that deny death's hold on life's goodness. Read more

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For all that he tried to prepare himself for his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler finds that nothing could have prepared for the truth. Read more

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Grieving over death isn't merely appropriate, it's necessary, because it keeps us in touch with the fact that God, too, knows the heartache of losing a loved one, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

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Preparing to lead a memorial service for a dead Marine, the Rev. Richard L. Bryant reflects on how political lies contribute to a culture of war that is antithetical to Christian beliefs. Read more

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The Rev. Jim Burklo finds himself at a loss to compare a river's movement to the passage of life as he contemplates the recent death of his mother. Read more

Practicing Faith

Can We Define Sin as "That Which Causes Death?"

The Rev. Morgan Guyton invites us to consider how theologian Jon Sobrino's definition of sin -- that which causes death -- applies to the social, economic and political systems in which we're all a part. Read more

Jun 14, 2013 8:23 AM Morgan Guyton 2 Comments

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