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Christians seem overly concerned with what people do in their private lives and far less concerned with the evil they commit in public, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy says that the Church Universal needs to face up to the reality that many of its congregations are dying, and equip pastors to serve in churches "on hospice." Read more

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No conflict in the Church would mean that it had failed in its calling to practice conflict resolution, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy asks whether the UMC split that many desire will really bring peace to those with differing views. Read more

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A familiar scripture about having faith sets the Rev. Jason Valendy to wondering whether he seeks faith for himself or if he stands in the way of God's mission. Read more

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Living with the ambiguity of dissatisfaction is something Jesus demonstrated, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Receiving help is as important as giving it, especially for spiritual formation, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Preaching is like boxing. Using different moves, statements and arguments, the preacher is attempting to spar with the congregation, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Tradition – handing on the faith – was why the Church was created, but we also must be alert to the ways that tradition can betray us, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Do American Christians lack hope because they've not built up their characters through suffering? wonders the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Perhaps Jesus' model of getting closer to people in relationship would be a better introduction than historic conversation methods that carry such negative baggage, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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How can we identify signs of God's work in the world? Read more

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Reading and interpreting the Holy Bible benefits from two kinds of readers – those who know the canon inside out and those who see the canon's flaws and look beyond them, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Like building a real-life fire, we have to dry ourselves out in order to catch the flame of living for God, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Jesus preaches and teaches in such a way that assumes that people are bound and they need liberation. But when the powers that depend on our bondage hear us share Jesus' liberation, they come for us, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy finds that giving, as a spiritual discipline, challenges him to think carefully about where he puts his financial support. Read more

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We aren't paying attention to one of the most important of the Ten Commandments in the "gods" we put before the one God, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Is our pretended ignorance of the Bible's meaning the way we armor ourselves against the call to do what scripture says? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Too often we forget that the Holy Bible is actually a library of books written over hundreds of years, and that clouds our understanding, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy Read more

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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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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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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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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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Ngram Valendy

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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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