Konstantin Postumitenko

The Traditional Plan isn't "traditional" because it fails to express grace, a key tenet of John Wesley's theology, writes the Rev. Jack Amick. Read more

Perspectives 6 Comments

Like all of us, the Wesley Bros are struggling with how to work out their salvation through God's multi-faceted grace and means of grace this Lent. Read more


When God's grace pours out, hearts melt or harden by our own actions. Read more


Failing at one's Lenten practice offers us a way to experience God's forgiveness, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Practicing Faith

When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. For the Church, this is living under the Law, which God's grace through Jesus Christ has rendered moot, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more


The Rev. Melissa Maher remains hopeful for The United Methodist Church's future because of God's surprising, challenging and awe-inspiring grace. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Reconciliation Statue

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Facing the great divides in church and society, the Rev. Jack Shitama offers three techniques for getting across the chasms with less discomfort and more grace. Read more

Practicing Faith

A self-differentiated person can get annoyed by something, but still understand that the other is a flawed human being in need of grace, just like the rest of us, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

Practicing Faith

John 3:16 may be worn out as the best way to witness to God's unconditional, never-failing grace and love, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more


Weeping Angel

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Grief is something that transcends time and can't be forced to conclude, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

The familiar interpretation that Jesus' sacrifice "pays the debt" of human sin contradicts the authentic message of the Good News, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Doubt doesn't offend God, and Bible verses won't automatically reprogram our doubts, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Turn instead to God's grace. Read more


The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks he can keep his New Year's resolutions – at least, that's what he's telling himself as 2018 begins. Read more


In pure Southern cookin' fashion, the Wesley Bros. explain John's Three General Rules for today's United Methodists. Read more

Practicing Faith

Loving Neighbor

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Scholar David N. Field contends that theological diversity poses no threat to the core of Methodism, which proclaims the radical transforming grace of God that enables us to love God and our neighbors. Read more

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The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that God doesn't treat us as we fairly deserve, but out of the merciful, endless abundance of God's love, writes the Rev. Richard Bryant. Read more

Practicing Faith

Wesleyanism is two things, not one, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, and those two characteristics are often at odds with one another. Read more

Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Loving God

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton lays out three distinctive traits that mark the Wesleyan understanding of God and God's action in the lives of people. Read more

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The homespun tales of Lake Woebegone hold lessons in grace that delegates to the 2016 General Conference would do well to heed, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge

Philly Frank

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The story behind Pope Francis' impromptu embrace of a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy holds an urgent parallel for The United Methodist Church in the midst of its current conflicts, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. Read more

Christy Thomas