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United Methodeviations | Pastiche Spirituality

I know I’ve told this story before, but it fits so well with a couple of issues I am dealing with that I share it here again. In my travels, one morning I stopped for breakfast and sat in a booth near two women.  When the waitress came to take … [Read More...]

David F. Watson | Unity in Christ (?)

My last post generated some strong reactions. Thanks to those of you who took the time to provide constructive feedback and keep the conversation going. Many of you told me that our unity in the UMC is not simply located in our polity but in Jesus … [Read More...]

Preceding Grace | When Victory is Bittersweet

"O Absalom!  My son, my son!"This is David's famous line after hearing of his son's death.He is visibly broken by the news, saying this as he wept.At this point, David must be wondering what has gone wrong to bring him to this point in life. … [Read More...]

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Youth 2015 challenged to GO ON . . . with mercy

I don't know about anyone else here at Youth 2015, but I know I'm dragging a bit. There has been a lot going on, and the simple act of walking through this immense hotel and convention center can be draining (according to Google Fit, I've been … [Read More...]

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An Interview With Bishop Gary Mueller

During last night's worship, the communion service was led by two of our United Methodist bishops, Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area, and Bishop Gary Mueller of the Arkansas Episcopal Area. Bishop Mueller sat down with us for a … [Read More...]

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A Pre-Worship Update….

Wow! Day 2 at Youth 2015 has been action packed, and I confess that I've gotten behind in updating. After leading a workshop on the Internet and discipleship, I then watched Anna lead over 200 girls in her workshop, #Likeagirl, which looked at self … [Read More...]

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Anna’s Take on Day 1

Hey guys, this is Anna. My dad has been doing most of the writing so far, but I'm here too and want to share my experience. Youth 2015 has been really great so far. Tonight's opening service and it was amazing. My own youth group unfortunately … [Read More...]

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Challenges? We laugh in the face of challenges!

It's been a long day and like any first day of an event the size of Youth 2015, it's come with a few challenges along the way. And yet, as is often true in youth ministry as well, adaptability was the star of the day as people patiently waited to … [Read More...]

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