The stories in Matthew emphasize those times when Jesus shone light of God’s love into many walks of life, as Christians should today, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton.
In these times of anxiety for the church’s future, we must remember that there have been other barren people who have given birth when they trusted in God for their futures, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton.
The Rev. Bill Cotton thinks Jesus is speaking about knowing what it is to be human when he delivers what we call the Beatitudes, or “the blessings.”
Every child who comes into the world looks and behaves like Jesus. They are innocent, delightful, honest, and without deceit. And they are at risk, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton.
We await Christmas in profound silence with awe at what God brings in mystery, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton.
On this third Sunday of Advent, let people in on a joyful secret: Christ is alive! writes the Rev. Bill Cotton.
Perhaps Advent is about the newness to be discovered everywhere. This seems especially important these days as our church continues to make the same old tired arguments regarding who is worthy to belong, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton.
The Rev. Bill Cotton recalls the example of his parents, who exemplified the idea that Methodists were to be a constant blessing to those in need.
As sea life dies, glaciers melt, the oceans rise, and forest fires cover too much of the land, who is willing to fight the good fight, to finish the race, to keep the faith? wonders the Rev. Bill Cotton.
With a broad span of scholarly possibilities, the idea that we can work with God to evolve the Bible’s meanings is a thrilling and could bring solution to United Methodism’s conflicts, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton.