32. Why are the Five Practices Working?

This past week I spent eleven hours one day with a film crew and an editor from the United Methodist Publishing House taping seven segments of about 7 minutes each on the Five Practices.  These will form part of a packet of resources to assist local churches in moving the language of the practices beyond […]

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64. Try!

I was listening to a National Public Radio story the other day about a nihilist poet, and the reporter read some of his poems. They were marked with existential angst of the most hopeless type. The more I heard, the worse I felt. As I was driving down the road, the poems were enough to make one […]

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96. Recklessness of Faith

While attending a training event for bishops a few weeks ago, I heard someone quote William Sloane Coffin saying, “I love the recklessness of faith. First, you leap. Then you grow wings.” At first hearing, this evokes a smile.  Upon deeper reflection, I’m touched by its penetrating truthfulness. Faith is reckless.  According to the letter to Hebrews, […]

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