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”

Getting Uncomfortable

Learning is a lifelong pursuit across many areas of our lives. As children, we start with some simple ideas and move forward from there: food goes in your mouth, don’t touch hot things, stop petting the dog’s teeth, and so on. We move from those things to more advanced things like tying your shoes orContinue reading “Getting Uncomfortable”

Improvisational Christianity

If you were going to choose a musical metaphor for Christianity, most people would say that Christianity is like an orchestra: the church is the players; the scripture, tradition, reason, and experience are the score; God is the conductor. For many people this works well because it is orderly and neat and wraps things upContinue reading “Improvisational Christianity”

Musings – Again…but Maybe Not

Every year, millions of people all over the country make pronouncements about what they are going to do to be a better person or have a better life in the new year. According to most lists that I have read, the resolutions usually revolve around being healthier physically, being more spiritual, and being financially comfortableContinue reading “Musings – Again…but Maybe Not”

Musings – Memory

The hallway was long enough to get a good run going before I ran into the living room. I had already been up three or four times since 4:00 AM and been told to go back to bed until at least seven. The last couple of times, I just stuck my head in the doorContinue reading “Musings – Memory”