Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • The Waiting Time
    It’s waiting time in The United Methodist Church. Only one more week until General Conference 2019. I sense the tension, the increasing anxiety, the wondering. What will happen to The United Methodist Church? What will happen to my local church? How will God show up? Will the Holy Spirit move… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-02-18
    1 day ago
  • The Character Coach
    As most of you know, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams a week ago, 13-3, which was the lowest score ever. It was the Patriots 11th Super Bowl appearance. Not only did they have the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, Tom Brady… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-02-11
    1 week ago
  • Today. Now.
    I rise from my bed of sleep to adore your holy name, to live for you this day, to work with you in the bringing in of your reign, and to find in you eternal life. I consciously renew my calling as this day begins, thanking you for the privilege… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-02-04
    2 weeks ago
  • Up Your Game or Lose Your Life?
    For the past eleven years, I have been spending three days in January at the Hilton Garden Inn in Des Plaines, Illinois. This is where the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops meets every year. For eight years, I represented the West Michigan… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-28
    3 weeks ago
  • Justice, and Only Justice, You Shall Pursue
    “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 16:20) Where is justice today? I’m embarrassed that I had never heard of The Green Book before I watched the movie by the same name a… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-21
    4 weeks ago
  • A Sweet, Sweet Story About the Hope That Matters
    It was a fascinating time to be in West Berlin, Germany. In the summer of 1974, I began a year-long adventure living in West Berlin as a student at the Berliner Kirchcnmusikschule (Berlin Church Music School). Living within walking distance of the Wall, I often sat on a hill, looking… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-14
    1 month ago
  • Life Lessons for a New Year
    It’s the beginning of a new year, a time when many of us stop to ponder our lives, where we have been and where we are headed. It is also an opportunity to make “New Year’s Resolutions,” promises that we make to ourselves about how we will live in the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-07
    1 month ago
  • Christmas Carols That Get to Me
    Last week, I had the opportunity to see the play, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. In the course of the play, Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to come to terms with his life through visits from the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet-to-Come. Themes of compassion, generosity, transformation, and… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-12-17
    2 months ago
  • The Points of Light Shine On!
    Along with millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, I paused last week to honor President George Herbert Walker Bush, or as he was affectionately referred to, 41. As our nation honored him in two memorial services, one at the Washington Cathedral and the other at St.… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-12-10
    2 months ago
  • The Peaceable Kingdom
    I was not sure what to expect. When our mission team from Iowa traveled to Zimbabwe in October, Gary and I had a chance to go on a safari ride early one morning. Because of my schedule, we arrived a day later than the rest of our group. Having been… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-12-03
    3 months ago
  • A Whisper in the Ear
    Yesterday, I preached at my home church, Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania, as part of the 50th anniversary of the current facility. A new building was constructed at the edge of town in 1968 to accommodate a rapidly growing congregation. During the fall, clergy who went into the ministry… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-26
    3 months ago
  • Corn, Caucuses, Creative Writing … and Mental Health (Updated)
    It was the first time I ever spoke about legislation on the floor of the West Michigan Annual Conference. As an introvert, I do not normally have a need to talk, but in 1997, after fifteen years of attending annual conference, I found my voice. We were discussing what benefits… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-19
    3 months ago
  • Corn, Caucuses, Creative Writing … and Mental Health 
    It was the first time I ever spoke about legislation on the floor of the West Michigan Annual Conference. As an introvert, I do not normally have a need to talk, but in 1997, after fifteen years of attending annual conference, I found my voice. We were discussing what benefits… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-19
    3 months ago
  • Exercising the Discipline of the Whole Church
    I learned two things about The United Methodist Church before I ever dreamed of one day becoming a United Methodist pastor. First, when a large United Methodist church in Connecticut hired me to be their part-time Director of Music while I was pursuing a graduate degree in sacred music, I… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-12
    3 months ago
  • The Church I Long For Is …
    It was a profound and holy moment. At the end of our orders gathering last Tuesday, we were asked to fill in the blank, “The church I long for is …” Prayerfully and humbly, 170 clergy voices around the sanctuary shared their hopes and dreams for our beloved United Methodist… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-05
    4 months ago

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