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A theology of anger

Demonstrations based on grief and anger

The Rev. John Boley suggests that recognizing the grief behind the anger of protests happening across the U.S. may provide new understanding and the way forward for change.

Rising above polarization

Polarization marks our society by protest.

How did polarization become so prevalent in society today? The Rev. John Boley shares analysis by Ezra Klein and asks Christians to revisit Christ’s teaching about the love of your enemy.

Confessions of an extrovert

An extrovert detests social distancing

Rev. John Boley, an extrovert, explores how the current pandemic is pushing the church to become something different. “Something powerful and faithful.

The virus through the lens of faith

Stories of faith and Corona Pirates

The Rev. John Boley examines the life changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. From the perspective of faith, he offers words of hope and healing.

Survivor and pastoral leadership

Traits of a survivor and successful leader

The Rev. John Boley reflects on years of experience relating to pastors across the Michigan Area and watching the TV show, Survivor. The quality he finds of critical importance is high Emotional Intelligence.

Conference announces staff changes

Welcome new staff member

There’s a change in the Michigan Conference Staff. As Jennifer Weaver retires, Aritha Davis becomes the Executive Assistant to the Clergy Assistant to the Bishop.

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.

Miracle at the manger

A manger with star

Inspired by a poem by Andy Vorbrich about the magic of Christmas, the Rev. John Boley adds his thoughts and thanks God for the Manger of Bethlehem, a miraculous thing.

Social world, dynamic principles

A revised statement of United Methodist Social Principles is headed to the 2020 General Conference. The Rev. John Boley compares the current and the new expressions of Wesleyan social piety.

Reclaiming spiritual intimacy

BIblical intimacy requires quiet

Reflecting on the life and writing of Rachel Held Evans, the Rev. John Boley urges individuals to study the Bible with a deeper sense of spiritual intimacy.