spiritual formation

Some of us hold that all of humanity is defaulted to hell or separation from God. Some of us hold that all of humanity is defaulted to heaven or union with God. Perhaps our approach to “the other” is dependent on how we see salvation’s default? Read more

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Christianity is a pinch of smelly yeast: messy, strange, complicated - outrageous in so many ways.  But folded into the human heart, and with the right nurture and conditions, it can swell into divine goodness, writes the Rev. Jim Burklo. Read more

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Reflecting on the life and writing of Rachel Held Evans, the Rev. John Boley urges individuals to study the Bible with a deeper sense of spiritual intimacy. Read more

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After his temptation, Jesus began to create signs of a new age, a new beginning. And that is our task: to create the signs that point to a new and different way to live, to love, to welcome the stranger, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

Ordained Ministry

The 2019 General Conference convinced the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt that local churches, as the places where ministry happens, deserve a break from national conferences that issue rules that distracting or irrelevant. Read more

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The noted author urged Christian educators to focus on spiritual formation in this time of "great upheaval." Read more

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It's time for Christians to resume talking and teaching about God in spiritual language, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

A new "religious typology" offered by the Pew Research Center suffers from a basic flaw – it fails to recognize that it's possible to be both religious and spiritual, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge

John Wesley's method known as the "class meeting" was designed to help Christians grow in spirit and in practice of their faith through questions and mutual support. Read more



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Salvation isn't "pie in the sky when we die," but a never-ending journey into becoming whole through spiritual union with our infinite God, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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We practice "the better" when we seek out and befriend those who have gone into hiding, and tell them of God's love, writes the Rev. Steve Harper. Read more

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Disciples of Jesus are called upon to be alert to opportunities to show love and support justice in the world, writes the Rev. Neil Leftwich. Read more

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Ultimately, all the greats say that self-mastery underlies any accomplishments or hope of a truly fulfilling life, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. We pay attention to the mundane to free us to tackle the more significant and complex problems. Read more

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Little things make the big things: what little things that make big things could we do in the big “do-over” time that we call the New Year? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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Rather than a passive viewing of the coming of Christmas, Advent is a time for active engagement with God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Learning to love as Jesus loves takes hard work, so why should we think of the Church as an exercise-free zone? asks the Rev. Jim Burklo. Read more

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How your emotions affect you depends on which emotion you give more attention and energy, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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If prayer is genuinely getting closer to God, then being uncomfortable while praying could mean that you're allowing yourself to be vulnerable to God's direction, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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In his campus ministry, the Rev. Morgan Guyton finds those young people who are thirsty for God are more receptive than those who've grown up in the church. 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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