9/26/2014 by Rev. Smoke Kanipe
“Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church.... It is now understood to be a part of the ‘good news’
that one does not have to be a life student of Jesus in order to be a Christian....” --Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy
I thought about these words as I watched the news reports of people’s
6/26/2013 by Rev. Smoke Kanipe
This summer we have over 60 youth and adult participants in two Salkehatchie camps and two of our own MUMC youth mission trips (please plan to come hear their testimonies on July 21 at 6:00 p.m.). And in July we will make our 10th annual trip to work with Scripture Union’s ministry to street boys in Peru.
In addition to these trips...
5/30/2013 by Rev. Smoke Kanipe
After Jesus, the Bible character we know more about than any other is Saul of Tarsus, a.k.a. St. Paul. In fact, you might say that, after Jesus, we know more about St. Paul than we know about all other Bible characters put to-gether. His life, travels, and thinking are well documented not only in Luke’s Acts of the Apostles but also in Paul&...
2/25/2013 by Rev. Smoke Kanipe
and it is currently being rediscovered by the church."
--Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year
A leader in Protestant worship renewal over the last several decades, Robert Webber wrote...
5/31/2012 by Rev. Smoke Kanipe
Sometimes churches talks about the “summer slump” – people take the summer off, and life at church shuts down. We are certainly not planning for the summer slump during the month of June at MUMC. Consider what’s going on this month:
- Vacation Bible School: June 10-15: The most exciting week
5/31/2012 by Admin Admin
Hope you're all well! So, the bus ride to Kusi couldn't have been more different than the bus ride on my last trip in Peru in 2009. Very clean, AIR CONDITIONING!!!, and it was a 40 passenger bus divided among ~28 people, so a lot of us got our own seat.
We crossed the Andes Mtns and about 1/2 ...
1/16/2012 by Rev. Smoke Kanipe
My sermons for the first part of this year will come from the gospel of Mark. The shortest of the four gospels, Mark’s story of Jesus will fit nicely into the three-month period from January through Easter. Of course, we won’t be able to talk about every story in the gospel, but we’ll try to ...
11/27/2011 by Admin Admin
Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His ...
11/13/2011 by Admin Admin
God moment for the day:
There was a tiny lady in line at Mutt's BBQ last Sunday that no one seemed to notice. As people continued to pass by her, when I got close she looked up at me with puppy dog eyes and looked back down at her hand full of a few pennies and dimes...Being that the buffet was $8.00, I knew she needed a lot more pennies and ...
10/25/2011 by Travis Abercrombie
Our awesome God never stops surprising me. Whether it’s during a worship service (where He reveals Himself in mighty ways that I could never have planned in all my time spent on the “service plan”) or working with people in ministry or outreach, He is there...blowing me away. Christ is changing me. For instance, I never used to...
8/5/2011 by Travis Abercrombie
Growing up in part of the “Bible Belt” (upstate South Carolina), I can remember a time when stores and restaurants were closed on Sundays, and kids didn’t play sports on Sundays. For the most part, those days are gone now, and so the question we have to ask ourselves is: “How are we going to keep the 4th Commandment that ...
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