Resurrection, Holston Conference's spiritual retreat for youth, celebrated its 25th year with the same elements that made it great: music, message, and mountain resort. This year, youth left Gatlinburg, Tenn., with more than a new hoodie or T-shirt in possession.
They went home with the soul-searching question: "Is it holy?"
Popular speaker Justin Lookadoo returned to the Resurrection stage with his rubber face and diaper jokes, humoring the teenagers before socking them with Wesleyan wisdom to guide them through their days.
"God does not care ultimately what's right or wrong," he said, citing 1 Peter: 1:16 and Leviticus 11:45. "He wants to know, 'Is it holy?'"
Lookadoo frequently repeated his three-word question, explaining how its subjective nature leads each to follow Jesus in a culture of internet pornography and other temptations.
"Let me tell you exactly what those boys are thinking and doing when they look at you and your little parties on MySpace," Lookadoo said, scolding the girls for posting suggestive photos on the internet. "Is it holy?"
Resurrection was held Jan. 15-17 and 22-24 at Gatlinburg Convention Center. This year's worship leader was Kristian Stanfill. The theme was Colossians 1:15: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation”.
Attendance during the first weekend was 7,354, including clergy, leaders, exhibitors, volunteers, production and design teams. The total offering over both weekends was $24,000 for Youth Service Fund and $10,000 for UMCOR Haiti Relief.
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