Seedbed’s Top Ten Posts of 2016

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1. An Open Pastoral Letter to United Methodists (Timothy Tennent)

Another General Conference has ended and you are feeling betrayed, angry and sad about the brokenness of the church. Is there a way forward? Have the Bishops provided it with the document by the same name? Are we hopeful about the future?

2. Ten Tips For Christians Who Will Be College Freshmen (Katie Heckel)

You’re going off to college for the first time, and you have no idea what to expect. Katie Heckel shares 10 pieces of advice that will help you transition well into this new chapter of your life!

3. People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue (Taylor Brown)

There’s a difference between how we treat homosexuality as an issue and how we treat people who struggle with homosexuality. Taylor Brown shares what we must do as the Church in terms of actual people.

4. Ten Women to Inspire All of Us (Carolyn Moore)

We hear so much about the faith of our fathers, but what about the great women of faith? Carolyn Moore shares 10 women of faith you may not know about and what their contributions mean to us now.

5. Advent and the Winter of Our Disenchantment (Cheryl Bridges Johns)

Is everything dark? Are you disillusioned this Christmas season? Cheryl Johns explains why we really do need Advent.

6. How to Make Your Church Better in 2016 (Teddy Ray)

Want a better church? The change always starts with you and me. Teddy Ray offers helpful tips on how to become the change we wish to see.

7. A Good Reason for Lent is Hard to Find (Matthew Johnson)

Sometimes we celebrate something on a yearly basis, but never really know why or what the significance of the event actually is. Matthew Johnson discusses what Lent means, and why it is important to come face-to-face with our own mortality.

8. A Guide for Christian Fasting through Lent (Winfield Bevins)

What is fasting, and why does it matter? Lent is a 40-day period of time when Christians typically fast. Winfield Bevins shares what fasting is, how to do it, and why it matters.

9. Five Truths about Caring for Yourself (Elizabeth Peterson)

In many Christian ministry circles, people believe that in order to serve God, we have to sacrifice ourselves and “burn out or rust out.” Elizabeth Peterson shares her journey of learning good self care and five core truths she has learned in the process.

10. Why We Should Be Talking about Donald Trump’s Treatment of Women (Mark Benjamin)

Is the outrage against Donald Trump’s words simply political posturing? Mark Benjamin shares the most candid truth regarding sexual abuse.

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