Bishop’s Blog

The Bishop’s Blog offers Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson’s thought-provoking reflections on personal and social issues, which she has been sharing with Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware Conference constituents and many other readers since 2008.

  • Celebrating a Silver Anniversary
    The Order of Deacons (1996-2021)  At the 1996 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Order of Deacons was voted into existence.  The church has long had a consecrated ...
  • Lessons we can learn
    The painful history of Native American boarding schools The dark atrocities of the Native American boarding schools are coming to light in recent years. Last week in the news, we ...
  • Freedom isn’t Free
    The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently issued some long-awaited, almost unbelievable news: those who have been fully vaccinated can resume life normally without masks.  Of course, those ...

From Pulpit & Pew

From Pulpit & Pew is an experimental blog through which we hope to attract and share interesting news and views from clergy and laity about key concerns in congregational and community life.

  • ‘Re-engage with God’
    A pastor’s Lenten reflection for challenging times As the return of sunny days and moderating temperatures slowly yet surely melt away our piles of snow, we can see that spring ...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is A Bible
    Today is one of my most favorite days of the year. Today is the opening weekend of the National Football League season. Since I was a little kid, I have watched and loved football...
  • Opening Worship Message, AC2019
    Message by Samuel Longmire “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your ...

NEWSpirit Blog

The new NEWSpirit Blog shares diverse, connectional viewpoints from conference, district and local church leaders, serving as a companion blog to the NEWSpirit Weekly Digest and NEWSpirit quarterly newspaper.

  • Singing the Lord’s song in a foreign time
    Over the past few days, I’ve spent time with pastors and laity talking about Christmas. We’ve wrestled with questions: How can Advent/Christmas be celebrated without carols? How do we deal with visitors if...
  • The Uncertain Devotion
    Uncertainty is part of life. It can be the cause of our fears, worries and concerns. It is a principle in science that challenges us to explain how the universe and our bodies work. It is a principle...
  • Getting back to spiritual basics
    When life gets chaotic, we all know that getting back to basics is important. We try to get more sleep, eat healthy food, remember to take our vitamins, get some exercise, go outside every day. Maybe we spend time with family and friends, count our blessings...