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Building on a recent Pew Research study on Christianity's decline, the Rev. Sky McCracken urges believers to refocus on Jesus and his teachings as the core of their existence. Read more

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Jesus won't stay in institutional boxes, and he won't put them on anyone else, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The great evangelist E. Stanley Jones' need to liberate Christ from Christianity and the Church from British culture 100 years ago, and that same need is as great now as it was then, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. 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

Practicing Faith

Following Jesus could rightly be called "the way of emptying," meaning that we put ourselves aside to put others first, writes the Rev. Jim Burklo. 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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Amid all today's trials and tribulations, scripture promises us one sure thing: Jesus the Christ, God's human incarnation of love, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Jesus wants people to understand fully that following his teachings will lead inevitably to conflict with the world's values, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Religious activist John Gehring asserts that the recent arrests of some 70 Catholic nuns and priests shows the need for committed religious civil disobedience now. Read more

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When we see Jesus and his works, we glimpse the intentions of the invisible God: love and justice, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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True gospel preaching lifts up the authentic reality that Jesus saves us from our sins, both individual and systemic, both oppressed and oppressor, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Jesus Before Pilate

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Facing the "significant ambiguity" between what is and what will be lies a reassuring gospel truth: God's love is infinite, as Jesus taught, and those who practice it form Christ's church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

The Rev. Lowell Greathouse of Oregon-Idaho Conference suggests that studying Jesus from different angles will help us draw spiritual insights for living as his followers in our own fractured time. Read more

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Jesus vs. Pharisees

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United Methodist layman Robert Schotter gives a forceful critique of a recent column from the Wesleyan Covenant Association regarding LGBTQ inclusion in the UMC. Read more

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Most triumphant, those Wyld Stallyns of Methodism use their iPhone time machine to go visit Jesus and learn stuff. Party on, dudes! Read more

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A United Methodist pastor's vision for countering fundamentalist Christian media with more thoughtful study resources continues in a new release on Jesus' last week. 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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Just in time for an annual observance, a young disciple teaches Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant about "a King who lived a long time ago." Read more

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The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in U.S. Border Patrol custody prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to imagine what the world would be like if Jesus had died while he was also a refugee. Read more

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Much as we enjoy our communal festivities, the best place to celebrate Christmas is among the people to whom Jesus came – including the migrants and refugees so feared by some today, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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