The Pain of Change

I recently read a quote from Richard Rohr who said, “Hurt people, hurt people.” When you first look at this it looks kind of strange. It almost seems like he’s saying we should hurt people. But if you pay close attention, I think you’ll realize that he’s saying people who are hurt will hurt otherContinue reading “The Pain of Change”

The Ancient Ways – Part 3

An unintentional fastThere have been a few times in my life I have considered the idea of fasting with some seriousness. I first read about it in a serious sense in college and again sometime later in seminary. In seminary, I tried a few times to fast just to get an idea of what itContinue reading “The Ancient Ways – Part 3”

The Ancient Ways – Part 1

Introduction There are often, two schools of thought on old ways and new ways of doing things. Some people, drawn to tradition and routine, are often quite happy with the old ways, those comfortable things, for the simple reason that they are just that, comfortable; it’s what we have always done, how we’ve always seenContinue reading “The Ancient Ways – Part 1”

Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I

WhaddaulookinatThe resurrected Jesus is standing on the Mount of Olives with the disciples—the eleven specifically called along with several women and Jesus’ brothers—giving them a few last-minute words before he leaves. For the past forty days, since the resurrection, Jesus has been teaching them, “working in the power of the Holy Spirit,” the same HolyContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I”

Living the Resurrection: Mary Magdalene

This morning we come the end of our series on Living the Resurrection. I hope that you have been blessed by interacting with the stories of each of these people: Moses with the resurrection of his identity, Ruth the resurrection of her circumstances, and  Paul with the resurrection of his life’s purpose. And now weContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Mary Magdalene”

Living the Resurrection: Paul

As we continue in our series on the resurrections of various biblical characters, let’s do a little recap. Two weeks ago, we talked about Moses and how he went through a series of different identities to become what God had in store for him, each of which led him to a different place and relationshipsContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Paul”

Living the Resurrection: Ruth

The Resurrection of Ruth  Given how difficult it was last week to try to sum up and characterize the life of a major biblical figure, you would think I should have learned my lesson. As usual, I didn’t. Once again this week, I am going to look into the life of someone from the bibleContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Ruth”

Living the Resurrection: Moses

All resurrection is change from one kind/state of being to another. If there is no change, there is no resurrection. But as we see in the life of Jesus, Peter, the other disciples, and our own lives, there was and is indeed, resurrection that has and does take place. Last week we talked about theContinue reading “Living the Resurrection: Moses”

Making the Most of It

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity…Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do. – Ephesians 5:15-17 The world is an odd place right now. It is currently being held hostage by an organism that measuresContinue reading “Making the Most of It”

The Story: Pilgrims and Wanderers

You can see this sermon and the service on the Zion UMC Facebook page by clicking here. Pilgrims and strangers We are pilgrims and the spiritual descendants of pilgrims, carrying on our own tradition of pilgrimage. We are spiritual wanderers from Father Abraham, a Bedouin herdsman to Moses, a wandering statesman to Elijah, a wanderingContinue reading “The Story: Pilgrims and Wanderers”