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Morgan Guyton

The Rev. Morgan Guyton worries that cynicism becomes natural temptation in our current state of affairs where everyone is trying to be an “influencer.” Read more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton's mystical encounter led him to a discovery: the more brutal a cross that a follower of Christ must carry, the deeper he or she descends into the baptism of discipleship. Read more

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Rev. Morgan Guyton recounts how being open and obedient to God's promptings has propelled his faith journey. Read more

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Some U.S. officials are using an evangelical theological doctrine – the moral depravity of "the other" – as justification for using force against Iran, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Waiting on God's decision instead of pondering his own expectations has brought him freedom and peace this Advent, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Sometimes our deepest desires can only be discovered after plodding through many miles of things we don’t want to do but that we trust to be good for us. This is called "discipline," writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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General Societies

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A laity-led spiritual renewal weekend prompts the Rev. Morgan Guyton to ask why the time-honored Methodist tradition of "being perfected in love" isn't sufficient for the church's core theology. Read more

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Methodism needs new wineskins for what's happening in the church because the old container of General Conference has become dysfunctional, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton thinks it's time for United Methodism to divide for the sake of its mission in the world. Read more

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Who you kick out of your community is how you show what really matters to you and which of your stated beliefs you actually take seriously, as is the case with the Evangelical Covenant Church, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton Read more

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When it comes the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, Jesus doesn’t give a damn about our nation-state borders or rules we make to keep people born south of the Rio Grande somebody else’s problem. Jesus just sees people, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. 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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Bible with Cross Shadow

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Beset by objections to an earlier column, the Rev. Morgan Guyton explains the crucial differences between democratized theology and a "theology of the demos," or mob. Read more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton recalls the significant impact of noted Christian author Rachel Held Evans, who died May 4 at age 37 after a short illness. Read more

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By action of General Conference, Wesleyan theology has been dissolved forever into the strange confused brew of triumphalism and paranoia that is conservative evangelicalism, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Fearful of the souls who could be lost to Christianity if the UMC continues its anti-LGBTQ stances, the Rev. Morgan Guyton poses some heartfelt, if uncomfortable, questions to Traditional Plan supporters. Read more

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In the spirit of scholarly debates between theologians Emil Brunner and Karl Barth, the Rev. Morgan Guyton rebuffs a recent post by the Rev. Jason Micheli over the relationship between sex and sanctification. Read more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton sees an inevitable split in the UMC, but predicts that devotion to including LGBTQ people will result in a new surge of inviting people to know Jesus Christ. Read more

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In the ongoing furor over the confrontation between Covington Catholic high students and a Native American elder, the Rev. Morgan Guyton acknowledges that respective sins – including his – aren't a zero-sum game of morality. Read more

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True Wesleyan holiness is "about experiencing the joy of perfect belonging through our love of God and then spreading that joy to others through our love of neighbor," not just following rules, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Take Up Cross

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Everything that we do as Christians is to prepare us for moments like this so we can be a non-anxious, disciplined presence in the streets whenever the fascists come to town, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Habanero

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It's one thing to leave the weeds in the wheat until they mature, but what happens when the weeds start choking out the new seeds of faith, asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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All Flame

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As Pentecost approaches, a chance encounter with a story from the Desert Fathers challenges the Rev. Morgan Guyton to pursue greater spiritual transformation. Read more

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Jay

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The untimely death of a young man named Jay brings the Rev. Morgan Guyton and the NOLA Wesley Foundation to a grief that has them struggling to understand, yet grateful for the blessing of his presence. Read more

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College lecture

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As a Duke Divinity School alumnus, the Rev. Morgan Guyton probes the cultural clash surrounding a recent dispute about anti-racism training at the United Methodist-related seminary. Read more

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Lego Solomon Baby

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United Methodism can have "50 different flavors" and still be bound together by structure and process that serve its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ in order to transform the world, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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What's killing United Methodism isn't a lack of orthodoxy, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton, but the formulaic application of doctrine to spirituality that's Wesley's "form of religion, but without power." Read more

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Bible with Cross Shadow

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His understanding of Christian salvation today combines what he sees as the best of evangelical tradition with the best of progressive insights, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Morgan with Ashes

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Ash Wednesday offers Christians a chance to recognize their complicity in the sins of the institutional church as well as their personal sins, writers the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Radical Jesus

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What if today's Christians resisted white supremacy in America by disrupting the Lenten worship services of white nationalist churches the way Jesus disrupted religious authority in his day? asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Inspired by a scripture, the Rev. Morgan Guyton remembers the witness of a Christian nurse from Pennsylvania, and seeks her spiritual fortitude for himself. Read more

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ICE Visit

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Joining a group of church people supporting an immigrant, the Rev. Morgan Guyton experiences what it's like to visit a U.S. immigration office in New Orleans. Read more

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A core Christian principle is that Jesus tears down dividing walls between people, which means that we Jesus followers shouldn't allow any walls to be built between us and our neighbors, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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American Christians should be alert to five attitudes of a Christian subculture that also lie behind the Trump Administration's assertions of "alternative facts," writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Comparing his own conservative evangelical upbringing with today's so-called "post-truth" era, the Rev. Morgan Guyton challenges believers to become obedient to truth rather than authority. Read more

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Ferguson

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Too many white Christians see Jesus’ salvation as getting out of a trip to the heavenly principal’s office, instead of God's wrath against those who oppress the marginalized, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Advocating Justice 4 Comments

While continued vigilance of the new administration is legitimate, the Rev. Morgan Guyton decides to put his energies elsewhere rather than continuing to react by the president-elect's outrageous tweets. Read more

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Pharisee Tax Collector

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Humility and mercy are the best ways to approach the way we pray, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Internet Troll

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Every time we dehumanize anyone on the other side, we are doing the work of Satan even if it makes us feel galvanized with self-righteous zeal, and that's what we must resist most vigorously now, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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