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Richard Lowell Bryant

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has three simple rules for observing Advent, outlined in a video. Read more

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For the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant, the United Methodist form of orthodoxy centers on those practices that "do right by God and neighbor." Read more

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Honoring the birth date of Saint Augustine, author of the spiritual biography "Confessions," inspires the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to make some confessions of his own. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks the UMC needs a whistleblower to uncover the quid pro quos that have brought the denomination to its current turmoil. Read more

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A United Methodist pastor in a small church in North Carolina prays an "ordinary" prayer. Read more

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When bad things happen, it's not God's will, just unfortunate circumstances, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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It's time for The United Methodist Church to seek God's will rather than its own mission of institutional growth, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. 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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Jesus' parable of the dishonest steward stands out in Luke's gospel. The never-ending wheeling-and-dealing shenanigans of dishonest managers sound like the laments we hear in old Jimmie Rodgers' tunes, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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God gives the freewill to make bad choices, but still counsels against our stubbornness, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. 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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Wile E. Coyote may seem like a constant failure, but in reality he exhibits practices that could help bring people in to church, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant looks at how Jesus' prayers in the gospels describe him and his followers. Read more

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Dump the stuff – physical or not – that keeps us from serving Jesus, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds the concept of a Three-in-One God to be a relic of theology created for control, not from spiritual reality. Read more

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We'll be better off if we recognize that our anxieties are a normal human response to danger, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The time for United Methodist bishops' "walking alongside" LGBTQ United Methodists is over, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Another shooting a place of worship has the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant lamenting and raging against the human propensity for violence. Read more

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Judicial Council 2016-2020

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant compares the similarities of this week's Judicial Council docket with the issues brought before the first Jerusalem Council. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has some fanciful and thought-provoking ideas about the meaning of Maundy Thursday and the communion meal. Read more

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Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds the latest missive about the Commission on A Way Forward from the Institute on Religion and Democracy puts forth a God-denying argument. Read more

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"The Next Methodism" seeks to build the kind of purity cult that has proved dangerous in the past, reducing belief to reductionist understandings of Christian theology, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Goodhearted Woman

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The word from God comes to us sinful humans in unexpected ways that we can only hear if we're truly listening, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Wedding season is here, and it has the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant pondering the contemporary myths around friendship and being in a wedding party. Read more

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The "neighborhood" of Fred Rogers -- himself a Presbyterian minister -- contributes insights to Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's understanding of Pentecost. Read more

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In a modern parable with a satiric bite, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant imagines the current state of United Methodism as a kind of Pentecost. Read more

1948 Discipline

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In observing Aldersgate Day -- the commemoration of John Wesley's conversion -- the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant longs to renew the traditions found in the 1948 Book of Discipline. Read more

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A poetic reflection on the Manchester bombing. Read more

We don't share the gospel of Jesus Christ well because we've attached so many dishonorable motives and dumb ideas to the concept of evangelism, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Duke Chapel

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Removing Confederate monuments in Southern states ought to inspire The United Methodist Church to get rid of its own remnants of racism, sexism and homophobia, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Richard Pensive

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John 14:1-14 seems more like the culmination of American consumerist culture than the true nature of spending eternity in God's love, and it troubles him, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Through the filters and distractions of life in the Internet age, it's easy to lose track of the voice of Jesus. The only way to hear him is to abandon ourselves to God, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant offers some spiritual direction in poetic form. 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

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When the grieving of a community seems endless, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's counsel is to rely on practices of presence, not empty platitudes. Read more

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Freud's Totems

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We're wasting time debating which of our views of God should rule The United Methodist Church when the world is on the brink of global catastrophe, writes the Rev. Richard L. Bryant. Read more

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When Resurrection comes around, hold out for Real Jesus, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The "Last Supper" may have been Jesus' final meal with his disciples, but it forms the basis of both present and future connections for today's Christians, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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A U.S. airstrike against Syria in retaliation for using chemical weapons prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to pose hard questions in poetic form. Read more

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Should The United Methodist Church pursue "the Benedict option," drawing ourselves into monastic-like Christian groups in order to revive our faith? The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks that's one of a shrinking list of options. Read more

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