Cliches to Avoid

Sojourners magazine recently published several articles by Christian Piatt, in which he listed a few choice cliches which Christians should excise from their conversation about faith.

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What do babies dream about?

Greetings from the "other side" of parenthood! Our first child was born on Sunday, October 7th. I don't remember that morning too clearly, but since it was a Sunday I was expecting to be in attendance at worship. I clearly was not going to be there...

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Off to Kansas

What is remarkable about COR's growth is that they have remained solidly United Methodist, and continue to provide a place for "thinking persons to come to faith."

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Using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral in personal study

As United Methodists, we like to come up with complicated terms or acronyms to describe or categorize our beliefs. Chief among the complicated terms is “The Wesleyan Quadrilateral.” This is the invention of Wesleyan scholar Albert Outler who stated that the founder of our denomination, John Wesley, used four sources

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Easy Answers to a Challenging Bible?

The Wild Goose Festival was this past weekend at Benton County fairgrounds near Corvallis. It is a two-year-old spirituality festival with sermons, speakers, music, arts, and conversation. This was the first west-coast festival that they’ve held and about 20 United Methodists from around this part of the country attended, including

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On Work

David Miller is the founding director of Princeton University’s Faith and Work Initiative. He writes about his work in this way: “As I was slogging through Hebrew vocabulary, I came across the word AVODAH. The root of that word is translated three ways in the Old Testament. Sometimes it is

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Let's Find Courage Together

Several years ago, Bishop Abel Muzorewa wrote a letter to some of his pastors in Zimbabwe, in which he offered a kind of benediction for their work. Twice now I have used these words as a benediction for our worship here at First Church, and each time I have folks

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The Light is Within You

The first words spoken by God in the first page of the Bible is “Let There Be Light!” I wonder if God needed to go any further. Physicist David Bohm has been quoted as saying that “matter is frozen light.” By that he means that light is trapped in our

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