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”

Catching up

For those who would like to catch up with the services or daily prayers from the Zion UMC Facebook page, you can click below and find all our most recent videos and services… https://m.facebook.com/Zion-United-Methodist-Church-Lancaster-SC-147073089497/videos/?ref=bookmarks&mt_nav=0

The GIGO Principle

I was first introduced to the GIGO principle by one of my oldest friends when we were kids. He was considerably smarter than I was and exceptionally gifted when it came to working with computers. He explained to me that the GIGO principle was ‘garbage in, garbage out.’ What he meant was that if youContinue reading “The GIGO Principle”

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”

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)”

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”