The recent murders of two men on a Portland, Ore., commuter train by a man who was harassing a teen-ager and her Muslim friend wearing a hijab raises an important question. In a time where sectarian violence is becoming more common, is being a Good Samaritan more dangerous than ever before? In risking our lives to save others are we risking too much, putting some in unnecessary jeopardy because our sense of civic decency and religious pride cannot ignore a man with mental illness? It’s a tough question to decide, in an instant, for what offensive behaviors one is willing to die.
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.
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.
A poetic reflection on the Manchester bombing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant offers some spiritual direction in poetic form.
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.