Erick, my experience with Zen is partially second hand, and partially third hand, but I did, in my youth, spend much time reading and learning some basic aspects of Zen to assist my martial art training. I'm definitely no expert on Zen, and I'm afraid that my attempts at Christian apologetics may do more harm than good
I'm rather glad for the chance to debate these kinds of issues with individuals who are more versed in the topics discussed.
Thanks for a good debate and an opportunity to learn.
Alan, as for the church I attend, it is Calvary Chapel - great pastors, caring people, and a strong, Bible based teaching (none of this seeker friendly nightmare that is destroying so many churches out there). I will keep in touch.