Standing Committee on Faith and Order: What Happened? Or How Doctrine Teaches Us What to Care About

What happened to the standing Committee on Faith and Order, established, I think, by the 2008 General Conference? I looked at several UM websites to see what I could dig up and found precious little, except for announcements about the formation of the committee and one 2010 update, which was basically about who is on […]

Kids These Days

(Continuing thoughts on trends.  What’s going on with youth and emerging adults?) It started with reading Generation Me.  Well, no, actually, it started with noticing something different in my college students’ classroom responses.  Somewhere between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, I began sensing a change.   I was priviled to teach at a small college then (http://www.sckans.edu), so […]

The United Methodist Church is Imploding

(Continuing thoughts on trends.) I just finished teaching in the certification class at Perkins School of Youth Ministry (http://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/PSYM%202013).  To the whole group last Monday and to the class members throughout the week, I said several hard things about the future. One of the hard things I said was, “The United Methodist Church is imploding.” […]

What Retching Has to Do with Moral Vision

(Warning: this blog contains graphic material not suitable for weak stomachs.) Since when did watching people vomit become funny? I admit, I do not watch these TV shows, so maybe it was just a coincidence. Last week, I watched my first episode of “Campus PD” on one of the cable channels. I have known about […]

A Harsh Assessment of Young Adults

I just finished a book by an author not so enamored with the effects of technology on the “net generation.”  Entitled, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, (Penguin, 2008), it mounts massive data from various surveys and organizations to argue that, for all their tech savviness, most […]

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