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On tyranny and discipleship

Liberty faces tyranny

Democracies can turn into dictatorships. The Rev. John Boley summarizes what a history professor, Timothy Snyder, has to say to those who would oppose a slide toward tyranny and authoritarianism.

Giving up boiled potatoes

Man holding potatoes

Rev. John Boley is giving up potatoes for the sake of his health. As he looks ahead to the future of The United Methodist Church, he lists other things he must give up for the health of the Body of Christ.

Drinking the Cup … new opportunities

Christy Miller Black

Acknowledging that actions taken in The United Methodist Church have generated  both anger and hurt, Rev. John Boley encourages a turn toward new opportunities.

Craving connections in The UMC

Serving Communion

In this month’s blog,  Drinking the Cup, the Rev. John Boley speaks about a series of personal encounters made possible by decades-long connections in The United Methodist Church.

A greater justice

Jesus at the Last Supper

In this edition of Drinking the Cup, the Rev. John Boley takes a look at human kindness as the  root of true justice in the world.

In times of upheaval

Man with compass in hand pointing to Mission u

The Rev. John Boley takes a long look at our present day stress in church and world, through the lens of scripture, theology and history. He offers words of assurance and hope. 

2019 appointive challenges – part 1

2018 Appointive Cabinet

The Appointive Cabinet just finished a week-long retreat. Clergy Assistant John Boley reflects on the trends, challenges, joys and realities of the appointment making process.

The light of the manger

Candle by a manger

Great music, like the Messiah. Powerful prophecy from Isaiah. These point us to the true meaning of Christmas and God’s gifts of justice and peace.

Both temple and tabernacle

Communion Elements

In this edition of, “Drinking the Cup,” the Rev. John Boley talks about the unity found in following the God of the temple and the tabernacle.

Do no harm

Communion Elements

The Rev. John Boley reflects on two recent experiences: the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a Sexual Ethics Conference hosted by COSROW. 

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