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F. Richard Garland

In this season of fall gathering, the Rev. F. Richard Garland reflects on how biblical instructions and Native American wisdom both counsel us to live sustainably so that no one suffers from hunger. Read more

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Coercive Power

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The Rev. F. Richard Garland asks, what good is power that is uncharitable, abusive, and destructive? Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

The Rev. F. Richard Garland believes the UMC can maintain unity if delegates will practice a spirit of charity. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds the atmosphere now abroad in The United Methodist Church reminds him of the "spirit of inquisition" against which author Kathleen Norris warns. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

The Gospel has never been about easy answers to complex issues. Lent provides an occasion to look intentionally at the whole of our life and our faith, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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Each year the same angels bid us "Fear not!" as they bring the joyous message of the Christ Child's birth, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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Feeling overwhelmed by events? Turn to the Book of Proverbs and other sacred texts for the eternal wisdom to live each day, says the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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Sunrise

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The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds a long drive from Rhode Island to Indiana brings a revelation about being sought by God. Read more

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Edelweiss

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The message at the heart of Easter is to celebrate life, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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Lent reminds us that even in suffering we must not give up, but keep moving toward God, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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A young child's conversation with his father about good behavior offers insights for adults as well, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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Matthew 25

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The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds that an article he wrote 12 years has proven not only to be accurate and foresighted, it remains a cautionary tale for today's Christians. Read more

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Alpine Lily

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An alpine trail's instructions give the Rev. F. Richard Garland insights into how to live faithfully as a Christian. Read more

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Comforting Hands

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We need to expand our understand of art to include the artful practices of living out our Christian faith, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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Prodigal Homecoming

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Lent is a long slog, but finishing the season of prayer and reflection can feel like the grace of the prodigal son's homecoming, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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The Rev. F. Richard Garland counsels using the Psalms as a guide to a Lenten observance that seeks the deeper wisdom of God's love over the inner voice of criticism. Read more

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Christmas Nativity

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As we leave the woes and worries of 2015 behind us, the Rev. F. Richard Garland encourages us to reject fear -- and fear-mongering -- and embrace the gospel message of unrestrained, unconditional love. Read more

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You Are Here

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We're all in the Christmas Story, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. We just have to find ourselves. Read more

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Chicago Immigration Protest

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The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds it sadly ironic that this nation of immigrants now looks down upon and fears immigrants, even though the Bible tells us to treat "aliens among us" as if they were already citizens. Read more

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Family Praying

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The Great Priority

Don't major in the minors, counsels the Rev. F. Richard Garland, but set your sights on God's love instead. Read more

Sep 4, 2015 11:45 AM F. Richard Garland

The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds the atmosphere now abroad in The United Methodist Church reminds him of the "spirit of inquisition" against which author Kathleen Norris warns. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Lent reminds us that even in suffering we must not give up, but keep moving toward God, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

Practicing Faith

A young child's conversation with his father about good behavior offers insights for adults as well, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

Practicing Faith

Matthew 25

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The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds that an article he wrote 12 years has proven not only to be accurate and foresighted, it remains a cautionary tale for today's Christians. Read more

Perspectives

Alpine Lily

Photo by Vyacheslav Stepanyuchenko, Wikimedia Commons

An alpine trail's instructions give the Rev. F. Richard Garland insights into how to live faithfully as a Christian. Read more

Practicing Faith

Comforting Hands

Dreamstime Photo

We need to expand our understand of art to include the artful practices of living out our Christian faith, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

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Prodigal Homecoming

Illustration Courtesy of Bible Fun for Kids

Lent is a long slog, but finishing the season of prayer and reflection can feel like the grace of the prodigal son's homecoming, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. Read more

Practicing Faith

Christmas Nativity

Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

As we leave the woes and worries of 2015 behind us, the Rev. F. Richard Garland encourages us to reject fear -- and fear-mongering -- and embrace the gospel message of unrestrained, unconditional love. Read more

Practicing Faith

You Are Here

UM Insight Illustration

We're all in the Christmas Story, writes the Rev. F. Richard Garland. We just have to find ourselves. Read more

Practicing Faith

Chicago Immigration Protest

Photo by Michael Vollmer, UMNS

The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds it sadly ironic that this nation of immigrants now looks down upon and fears immigrants, even though the Bible tells us to treat "aliens among us" as if they were already citizens. Read more

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Family Praying

Photo Courtesy of David MacDonald

The Great Priority

Don't major in the minors, counsels the Rev. F. Richard Garland, but set your sights on God's love instead. Read more

Sep 4, 2015 11:45 AM F. Richard Garland