Category Archives: John Wesley

Loving Our Neighbor?

This is heads down time in youTheology as we prepare for the pilgrimage and prepare to make available for everyone our materials from the youTheology One Year Journey with high school students.Some of this material in Believe Curriculum pays special attention to John Wesley’s writings, weaving them in and showing how relevant they still are for us. It also shows how seriously Wesley took the Bible and its teachings on loving God and loving neighbor.

Wesley’s sermon, “The Use of Money” is well worth a read.If we love our neighbor as God commands us, we can’t take advantage of  another person’s weakness nor do things that are harmful to our another person’s business to build our own. Each person is that neighbor God is telling us to love. There’s more. I encourage you to read it.

So, working on Believe Curriculum is a refresher as I prepare these excellent presentations by Saint Paul School of Theology faculty members and members of the wider community. It’s also been refreshing and inspiring, leaving me with this question:

What would life be like if we took God seriously in our day-to-day interactions with others, if we sought God’s glory instead of our own and treated others as God has told us?

What do you think?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

Reflections of a youTheology alum.

My name is  Jarrad Lehman, youTheologian in 2003-2004, the first year of the program at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.   youTheology opened my eyes to Methodism. I grew up Methodist, but never really knew what or where it came from. It was very interesting to learn where everything came from.  I was… Continue Reading

Guest Blog: An Extended Season of Expectation

John Wesley is widely credited with instituting a tradition known as the “watch-night.” The concept behind the event can be hard to explain to people (especially students), but essentially, it’s prayer, just prayer, in anticipation for what God will do in the new year. Most watch-night events took place from sundown until sunrise, sandwiching that… Continue Reading