I am Jeff Slater, a United Methodist Elder (Pastor) and self-proclaimed nerd exploring hope and ministry in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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The Other Religion that Plagues American Christianity

Lack of hope is a religion. And not a Christian one.

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Hope On the Road

Lopsided hope is everywhere once you look for it, including in the Bible. Scripture also tells us we’re not alone.

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Contagious Hope in the Washington Post

Hope is contagious-- as evidenced in vaccination clinics!

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Three Week Course on Practical Hope

Ok, I'm more excited about this than I should probably admit. I've been asked by Boston University School of Theology to teach a continuing education class on hope, the topic of my doctoral research.

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On Hope In Breaking Government

In a podcast, Jeff talks about hope in the midst of a political and governmental crisis.

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The #1 Reason Churches Lose Hope In the Present

It's not hard to see that numeric decline kills hope. But HOW does it happen? And how can we restore our hope?

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How COVID-19 Threatens Our Hope

The way we follow COVID-19’s spread takes a toll on our sense of hope.

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The Habit You Didn't Know You Have

The field of adult learning offers a true gem for understanding how our experience shades our view of the world.

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Preaching Hope

Watch a sermon I preached on hope, both practical and ultimate

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Ultimate Hope 101

The basics of ultimate hope, bridging hope psychology to the realm of religion

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Practical Hope 101

The basics of practical hope, from the hope psychology of C. R. Snyder

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What Hope Is NOT

Hope is not a wish, nor is it shallow optimism. True hope is more complex.

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The Problem in Too Many Churches

Many of us have hope in some ways but not in others, it helps to name where we have hope and where we have lost it.

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Here's to Hope

The story of this blog and why I'm writing it, a manifesto of sorts

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