Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • Leading in a Coronavirus World
    The outpouring of grace, generosity, and ingenuity across our world over these past several months has been beautiful to behold. A story in the March 24 Des Moines Register immediately caught my attention because of my Anabaptist religious heritage, which includes the Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, Hutterites, and Amish. A woman… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-30
    1 day ago
  • Standing Together by Standing Apart
    What a week it was! Last Tuesday Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. This requires the closing of restaurants to the general public, except for carry-out, drive-through, and delivery. Health clubs, gyms, theaters, and gatherings of ten or more people, including worship services, are prohibited… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-23
    1 week ago
  • Is the Lord really with us or not?
    Last week, I received this Facebook message from an old friend, “Several years ago you had David Lockington play his cello during your sermon…The piece was originally played in the city square of Sarajevo. Just the cellist. Can you let me know the name of the piece?” David Lockington was… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-16
    2 weeks ago
  • Theological Convictions or Relationships?
    “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.” This is the first song I remember singing as a little child. I am fortunate that I was taught… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-09
    3 weeks ago
  • Having Light We Pass It on To Others
    The other day I received Wittenberg Magazine in the mail. Do you stay connected with the schools that you attended earlier in your life? I went to college at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Wittenberg, as you might suspect from the name, is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-02
    4 weeks ago
  • The Slow Work of God
    Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. —“The Slow Work of God”, Pierre Teilhard… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-02-24
    1 month ago
  • Hope for Our Mabaan Sisters and Brothers
    “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day—on that day all the springs of the deep sea erupted, and the windows in the skies opened. It rained on the earth forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis 7:11-12 CEB) The story of Noah has… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-02-17
    1 month ago
  • Iowa and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Some might consider it amusing … until it happens to you. Iowa had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day last Monday. You may be familiar with Judith Viorst’s children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published in 1972[i]. It has sold over 4… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-02-10
    2 months ago
  • It’s Just a Backpack   
    It was day five of our trek on the Manaslu Circuit in Nepal. My daughter Talitha and I had been planning our July 2018 trek in Nepal for the previous eighteen months. We both like adventures that stretch our limits, so we couldn’t wait to hit the trail. After a… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-02-03
    2 months ago
  • Of the people, By the people, For the people
    It was one of the most significant battles in American history. On June 1 of 1863, General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army marched his men from northern Virginia into Pennsylvania where he went into battle with the Union Army of the Potomac in the town of Gettysburg. The… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-01-27
    2 months ago
  • These are Complicated Issues
    I watch from afar with great sympathy. The British royal family is in crisis. On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry (Duke of Sussex) married Meghan Markle (Duchess of Sussex), in a fairy tale wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England. While Harry is not in the direct… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-01-21
    2 months ago
  • We Meet You, O Christ
    A week ago, on Epiphany Sunday, I attended worship at New Hope UMC in Des Moines where Rev. Dr. Lilian Gallo-Seagren is the pastor. And guess what? We sang hymn #257, which I had never sung or played before. Never! I was astonished. The hymn, which is called We Meet… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-01-13
    3 months ago
  • Two Prayers and a Hymn for a New Year
    It’s affectionately called “The Merton Prayer.” Found in Thomas Merton’s 1956 book, Thoughts in Solitude, the preacher quoted it in the worship service I attended the Sunday before Christmas. My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-01-06
    3 months ago
  • The Great Turning Around of All Things
    We are talking about the birth of a child,Not the revolutionary acts of a strong man,Not the breathtaking discovery of a sage,Not the pious act of a saint.It really passes all understanding: The birth of a childIs to bring the great turning around of all things,Is to bring salvation and… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-12-23
    3 months ago
  • The Christmas Parade
    Christmas parades – they’re ubiquitous at this time of year. Last week our North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops was at a learning retreat, and, wouldn’t you know it, we found ourselves in the middle of a Christmas parade! School bands, floats, reindeer, lights, and, of course, Santa Claus. What… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-12-16
    4 months ago

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