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Just as children learn attitudes and behaviors from their parents, the Rev. Jason Valendy finds that spiritual formation matures from mimicking to imitation. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy loves the Bible, and takes it seriously, even as he recognizes that its words about faith are often written in allegory, just as the Apostle Paul says. Read more

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How we bring the Bible into our lives – whether we use it as a weapon or allow ourselves to be shaped by it – makes a difference to our faith journey, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Chemotherapy

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Maybe the intense self-examination that United Methodists are going through now is a form of chemotherapy that will, in the end, heal its sick system, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Church makes mistakes because its decision-makers are human beings who need God -- which is why the church exists in the first place, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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We're not as rational as we might think, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy, so we'll get along better if we go easy on one another. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy looks at key events of Easter in terms of actions and reactions that still are relevant to our understanding today. Read more

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Bucking the trend of making things easier, the Rev. Jason Valendy argues for dysfluency with the Holy Bible – making it harder to understand so that faith requires struggle to take root. Read more

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Pink flowers

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If pink was once yellow, then it's also possible that people's understanding of Scripture can evolve over time as well, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Blue door

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Holding people accountable for their actions involves a non-threatening, trust-based encounter that grants others their own free will to act, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Holding them hostage isn't the same thing. Read more

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Satan Dore'

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In a follow-up to his earlier column, the Rev. Jason Valendy describes the work of evil in the world and contrasts it with the work of God done by humans and God's Work, done by the Divine alone. Read more

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Do Good

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While their service is essential, Christians must be careful not to think they're taking on the work that only God can do, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Bible Johari

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The Rev. Jason Valendy offers a handy tool for making sure your Bible study is healthy. Read more

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Aldous Huxley

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association doesn't have exclusive rights to define what is "Wesleyan" or "orthodox" about The United Methodist Church, and its "like-minded people" goal poses a genuine threat, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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One way to begin solving the polarization of both church and society is to stop making inquiries about events and people, and start being more curious, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Forgive, Judge, See

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Building on his prior essay about contempt, the Rev. Jason Valendy suggests some techniques to take "the fires of hell" out of our polarized exchanges. Read more

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Contempt

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Today's polarized public discourse resembles the four steps Jesus outlines in Matthew 5:21-24 on conflict, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy Read more

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Big Clock

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Time is a gift that we can receive, but we can never take, so we should stop trying, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Wesleyan Quad

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What comes first with John Wesley's method of "doing theology" known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral? The Rev. Jason Valendy explores how Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience play off one another. Read more

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Bee and Beck

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Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck actually talk to one another about creating "crazy times," writes the Rev. Jason Valendy, who recommends we look to how Jesus dealt with end times fears in Mark 13. Read more

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Reading the Bible is much less about learning all the nuances of the leaves and branches and much more about an encounter with the Divine, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Knowledge of God – who ultimately is unknowable in human terms – often depends more on the "spaces" than on "notes" of the divine mystery, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Being in service to God requires receiving the service of others and reconciling with neighbor, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Giving what you lack to someone is a practice of vulnerability and trust, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Jesus' Great Commission in Matthew 28, the heart of evangelical theology, also teaches us how to love those who are different from us, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy believes that the "antifragile" people in The United Methodist Church – those who mature spiritually when shocked – will best survive the denomination's recent trauma. Read more

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The difference between deciding and discerning is a spiritual process that doesn't judge, but instead sorts matters in ways that can discover many beautiful things, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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

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

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Jesus hometown friends and neighbors thought he was telling them they were the elite, but in reality he was telling them that the foreigners and outsiders were God's beloved, too, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy plumbs one of the deepest theological questions: why doesn't God just get rid of the demonic force in the world? Read more

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American nationalism has so thoroughly "discipled" people in the United States that it's nearly impossible to invite and convince them to become disciples of Jesus Christ, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Paradoxically, what holds the Church together is our collective lack. The Church of Jesus Christ has a lack of unity because it has a unity in lack, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Americans aren't just living paycheck to paycheck; they also lack the emotional security of nurturing ties with neighbors, friends, and a supportive worshipping community, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Both the Moon and the Church shine because they reflect the Light, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Being right means that we have to convince you and everyone of my rightness. However, to avoid being wrong means that we give others the benefit of the doubt, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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For the Rev. Jason Valendy, our sense of God's insistence gives evidence that God really does exist. Read more

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Why would the majority – that is, the "orthodox" stance – be annoyed by the minority – the "heterodox" position – if not but out of fear of losing the prestige of being in the majority? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The difference beween Bible study and scripture reading involves the reader engaging with the text from a different posture of being acted upon. Read more

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To go on a journey is to emphasize the process of traveling, not the destination, and the language we use to describe the experience shouldn't be restricted, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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