A CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS

A CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS

May 26, 2023 By dwayman

Rev. Dr. Keith Cowart

Beyond These Walls Conference (ILI)

The Woodlands: Houston, Texas

April 2023

Dr. Keith Coward is a candidate for bishop.  To see his introduction click here.  To hear his interview click here.

 

A Church Without Walls video click here.

 

Speaking of Jews and Gentiles, the Apostle Paul declares in Ephesians 2:14:

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…

When I was 6 years old my parents made a decision that would shape my life in ways I never could have imagined. They decided to send me to the newly integrated public school instead of the brand new private school that most of my friends would be attending. As a result, I was one of the first in our county to attend twelve years in a fully integrated school. Most of my new friends were black. We went to class together. We were in the same clubs. We played sports together. That’s me circled in red – the kid with the great hair. (The Lord gives and the Lord takes away!) Now, there were some interesting policies in our school,

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

May 23, 2023 By dwayman

“A Surgeon General’s Advisory is a public statement that calls the American people’s attention to an urgent public health issue and provides recommendations for how it should be addressed. Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that require the nation’s immediate awareness and action.”

More research is needed to fully understand the impact of social media; however, the current body of evidence indicates that while social media may have benefits for some children and adolescents, there are ample indicators that social media can also have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. At this time, we do not yet have enough evidence to determine if social media is sufficiently safe for children and adolescents. We must acknowledge the growing body of research about potential harms, increase our collective understanding of the risks associated with social media use, and urgently take action to create safe and healthy digital environments that minimize harm and safeguard children’s and adolescents’ mental health and well-being during critical stages of development.

The influence of social media on youth mental health is shaped by many complex factors, including, but not limited to, the amount of time children and adolescents spend on platforms, the type of content they consume or are otherwise exposed to, the activities and interactions social media affords, and the degree to which it disrupts activities that are essential for health like sleep and physical activity.6 Importantly, different children and adolescents are affected by social media in different ways,

JONAH, A LEGACY OF LOVING OUR ENEMIES

JONAH, A LEGACY OF LOVING OUR ENEMIES

May 21, 2023 By dwayman

JONAH, A LEGACY OF LOVING OUR ENEMIES

Rev. Dr. Amelia Traylor, M.D.

This sermon was given July 2022 at Northern Hills UMC

Rev. Dr. Amelia Traylor is a candidate for bishop.

You can hear Dr. Traylor’s introduction here.

You can hear her interview here.

Amelia Traylor is a medical doctor who is also a Superintendent in the River Conference.  This sermon is given when Dr. Traylor is a guest speaker at a UM church and her sermon begins 24 minutes into the service.  You can watch the video by clicking here.

THE GOD WHO SEES AND HEARS

THE GOD WHO SEES AND HEARS

May 21, 2023 By dwayman

THE GOD WHO SEES AND HEARS

Genesis 16

Rev. Dr. Michael Traylor, M.D.

Rev. Traylor is a candidate for bishop.

You can see his introduction here.

To see his interview click here.

This sermon was given on October 30, 2022 at New Hope Free Methodist Church.  Click here and start at the 49th minute into the service with the Scripture reading and Rev. Traylor’s insightful study follows.

PowerPoint for the sermon imbedded in the video:

 

ORDINATION SERVICE

ORDINATION SERVICE

May 16, 2023 By dwayman

Bishop Matt Whitehead

at the Ordination Service of the Free Methodist Church in Southern California, May 2021

II Timothy 4:5

Matt Whitehead is a candidate for Bishop.  See his introduction here.  Hear his interview here.

It’s wonderful to be with you. Obviously, with COVID, we’ve all been dealing with this reality of not being able to be together. It’s been an incredible learning curve, this new role that I’ve been in. My wife said recently, “It will be a shame to come to the end of your four years as a Bishop and never get out of our basement!” So, I’m glad to get out of the basement to be here with you and celebrate.

I’m going to take a few minutes to talk to the ordinands and the ministerial candidates. The rest of you are certainly welcome to listen, but I want to direct my thoughts to you, specifically today, who have taken this significant step of signing on and saying, God, use me! And some of you are coming to the point of ordination, and you’ve been on a journey, and boy, it is not easy to be ordained in the Free Methodist Church. We don’t want it to be frustrating, but it’s not easy. There’s a challenging road. And I know some of you,