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To understand Paul's full meaning in Romans 1:18-32, it's necessary to understand the culture that surrounded new Christians, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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Listening for God's voice in the here and now can bring us to a state of "unitive consciousness," the awareness that everything belongs and there is no exclusion, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. 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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The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper explains the theological method by which he wrote his latest book, "Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality." Read more

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In an excerpt from his new book, "Holy Love," the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper looks at how living a "singular life" in Christ makes monastics of all Christians. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper wonders why the Wesleyan Covenant Association isn't pursuing a merger with the like-minded Wesleyan Church. Read more

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Certainty and conviction are not the same thing, and Christian faith is built on convictions about God's will for humanity's good, even when circumstances are uncertain, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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The contest about to take place at the 2019 General Conference is at heart a dispute about differing views of the church that has been going on since the 5th century, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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The Incarnation of Jesus made humans holy, but denying the sacred humanity in ourselves and others leads us into substituting inhumane evils for our divine identity, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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The death of Bernice Sandler, "the godmother of Title XI," prompts the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper to ponder why so many Christian schools and colleges seek exemption from the law's non-discrimination provisions. Read more

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Fear has infiltrated society and church, breeding nativism, elitism, racism, and discrimination that can only be overcome by practicing love, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper Read more

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In the aftermath of Christ the King Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper warns that today's society is too willing to accept king-like leaders instead of trusting in God, the one and only ruler of the universe. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper advocates for "much-needed nonviolent resistance to the increase of evil in our nation and elsewhere in the world." Read more

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When theological obscurantism occurs, you can be sure that something else is going on behind the foggy thinking, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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In a sharply divided America, Christians can serve as Christ's ministers of reconciliation by striving to practice peacemaking, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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Evidence of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm elections shows that racism continues to be alive and well in the United States, and that Christians should oppose it, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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Immigrants

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We are saved by Christ, of course. But Christ gives us eyes to see and ears to hear to recognize and respond to life differently. We end up living by what we “see” and how we enact that sight, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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The WCA has thrived on sub rosa telegraphing that shows what they are really up to (despite their denials), while posturing themselves to be ” the only ones who have the truth,” writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper cites several sources to refute repeated allegations by traditionalist colleagues that progressives have no "cogent case" for LGBTQ-plus acceptance. Read more

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"Willful ignorance" on the urgent need to address climate change isn't mere politics; it's one more example of the age-old curse of Cain in killing our brothers, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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Institutional power structures in society and in church, in which women who speak out about sexual abuse they've suffered are disbelieved, must be overthrown by Christians committed to overcoming evil with good. Read more

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Loving God

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We're in a time when it's necessary to drop outmoded theologies in favor of renewing "the religion of the heart," as John Wesley put it -- our close relationship with God, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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Feeding

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Being faithful in "little things" brings every Christian the opportunity to be salt, light and leaven wherever they are, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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Salt March

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Acts of non-conformance adopted by United Methodists this year are in fact the highest form of loyalty -- nonviolent non-cooperation with unjust law, writes the Rev. Dr. Stephen Harper. Read more

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Steve Harper finds a world of wisdom for United Methodists in recent Lectionary readings on God choosing diversity. Read more

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Delegates Unity

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The intentional breakup of The United Methodist Church through schism is an impulse that must be resisted, writes the Rev. Dr. Stephen Harper. Read more

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The forced resignation of the Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson because he is a gay man who married his partner causes the Rev. Steve Harper to recall a bishop's plea for the UMC to suspend its retributive actions against LGBT people and their allies. Read more

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The Rev. Steve Harper points out ways for The United Methodist Church to stay together than to split apart. Read more

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Split Church

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Recent protests by conservative bloggers that they don't intend to split The United Methodist Church has the Rev. Steve Harper wondering why they still feel a need to post legislative models for schism? Read more

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Words

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Dr. Steve Harper says three words have the power to transform fractious church encounters – and they're not the three words you might expect. Read more

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A Facebook meme and some empty-nester downsizing lead Cynthia B. Astle to choose favorite books from her "offensive library." Read more

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