A Farewell to…

I’ve just finished reading a book by Brian Zahnd called A Farewell to Mars, a book about the author’s journey toward a biblical understand of the gospel of peace. Throughout the book the author makes his case for the church needing to separate itself from the politic of war and the economic ideals of theContinue reading “A Farewell to…”

Ghost Army

In 1944, the 23rd Army Special Headquarters landed in Britain after training in Tennessee and New York. The 23rd was made up of 1,100 men who came from unusual backgrounds for your average soldier of the war: art school students, advertising executives, stage technicians, set designers, and audio/visual engineers. They started off with borrowed equipmentContinue reading “Ghost Army”

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”

Musings – The masks we wear (or don’t)

Going to the store is a normal occurrence for me, mostly because even when I make a list, I inevitably forget something on the list or just forget to put it on the list. So, it was no surprise to get home from the store a few days ago and find that I had forgottenContinue reading “Musings – The masks we wear (or don’t)”

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: 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”

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”

Finding the Annus Mirabilis

The world has faced many disease pandemics from the earliest civilizations to our present day. While most of these have brought chaos and uncertainty, something interesting happened during England’s last modern experience with plague. London’s plague of 1665-16666 was potentially shipped there on cotton barges from Amsterdam in the Netherlands sometime in 1665. As itContinue reading “Finding the Annus Mirabilis”

Holy Laughter

For the last couple of months, I have been teaching confirmation classes on Sunday evenings. We have a bright group of inquisitive students, interested in learning about God and faithful to be there for the discussions. As with all my classes, I try to be open and honest and give plenty of room for questioningContinue reading “Holy Laughter”