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Forty Days of Apostleship: Believe in Your Potential

As COVID-19 continues to sweep through the world, its impacts are many—the loss of work, the loss of human contact, and even the loss of life. The pandemic’s most devastating impact, however, is the loss of a predictable future. When will life return to normal?  Will...

Forty Days of Apostleship: Believe Your Life Has Purpose

The world has altered dramatically since Ash Wednesday and the launch of this Forty Days of Apostleship. The rapid spread of this current scourge has changed everything—restricting or shutting down many public spaces including churches. Now that Christians have...

Forty Days of Apostleship: Believe in Your Superpowers

It’s no coincidence that these 40 Days of Apostleship overlap with the coronavirus pandemic. As the virus sweeps the world, fear threatens to engulf it as well.  There has never been a better time to believe like Jesus—to develop the kind of faith he had—so you can...

Forty Days of Apostleship: Believe Your Prayers Have Power

During this 40 Days of Apostleship, we are looking at how to expand our faith from the faith of a disciple to the faith of an apostle.  That means up-leveling your faith from believing in Jesus to believing like Jesus. My theory is those who believe like Jesus can do...

Forty Days of Apostleship: Believe in Your Divine Partnership

As the United States slides toward authoritarianism, and the United Methodist Church slides toward schism, it’s easy to be resigned.  What can I do, anyway, you might ask?  Don’t “they” have all the power? I understand that the news looks that way.  And there are even...

Forty Days of Apostleship: Six Soulful Steps to Believe Like Jesus

As Jesus journeyed to the cross, and beyond, he had to be sure of one thing.  Everything—his life, his ministry, his sacrifices—rested on this one thing.  Jesus had to be sure that his twelve disciples were ready to step up their spiritual game.  In order to live into...

The Hidden History of Methodist Schism

As United Methodists face General Conference 2020 and the potential of forming new church bodies, it feels as though the denomination is at a significant crossroad.  As if we are doing something we have never done before.  If only that were true. The truth is,...

A Christian Alternative to Polarization

For three days in an Airbnb rental in a cozy Atlanta neighborhood, my team and I took a spiritual retreat.  Nine of us worshiped together, laughed and played together, ate meals together, envisioned the coming year together, and worked on some detailed processes...

Two Popes, Three Opinions

There’s a classic Jewish aphorism: “two Jews, three opinions.”  It sounds like the punch line to a joke, but it’s merely an observation about Jewish willingness to see all sides of an argument and to debate them with aplomb. Rabbi Wolpe references Yeats: “Out of the...

Three Ways to Be Light in the Darkness

It’s easy to get depressed these days.  Between meanspirited win/lose politics, the dismissal of fact-based debate, public shootings, brutal treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, extreme weather events, and destabilized foreign relations, the darkness around us...

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