Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • I Love My Pastors!
    Every Sunday I pray for our clergy in the Iowa Annual Conference as well as for clergy and religious leaders around the world. Answering God’s call to be a spiritual leader is one of the most difficult, gratifying, and terrifying challenges I can imagine. Our clergy in Iowa are amazingly… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-10-08
    1 week ago
  • 15 Tips for the Trail
    This past weekend, my daughter and I participated in what is called the Grand Canyon Rim2Rim Run. The Rim2Rim is one of those crazy adventures where you run/walk down the South Rim, cross the Colorado River, climb up to the North Rim, and stay overnight. The next day you run/walk… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-10-01
    2 weeks ago
  • Come Upon These Waters
    Gracious God, holy and wholly living, there is much still to be decided as The United Methodist Church moves into the future, moves toward General Conference 2019. Even in the unknown, even where there is chaos and confusion, remind us again and again of the power of your love, which… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-24
    3 weeks ago
  • Embrace This Moment
    “Life goes by at a frantic pace. Embrace this moment for yourself and share it with those around you. Savor this rocky mountain moment.” I read these words at the top of Tunnel Mountain, a small mountain within the city limits of Banff in the Canadian province of Alberta. Because Tunnel… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-17
    4 weeks ago
  • From Everywhere to Everywhere
    My first real mission experience was in the summer of 1972 when Mennonite Disaster Service asked for volunteers to help with flood relief in Wilkesbarre, PA after Hurricane Agnes. It was one of the deadliest and most costly storms in US history. I was a teenager and spent several days… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-10
    1 month ago
  • Learning How to Fly Again – the Sequel
    I get in the car on Sunday, June 27 and head off to Conception Abbey in Missouri with a little anxiety. Remembering my last blog post before my time away, I pray, “God, I do not know how you are going to speak to me over the next eight weeks,… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-04
    1 month ago
  • Learning How to Fly Again
    Last week, Gary went outside in the early morning and said, “Look, there’s a baby bird on the porch!” Last year, two barn swallows decided to make a nest in the alcove of our porch. We watched as they carefully built a nest and left debris and droppings on the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-06-25
    4 months ago
  • All in Unison, Act with the Most Perfect Harmony
    On April 7, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery set out in canoes into territory few white persons had ever entered. Lewis wrote in a letter to President Thomas Jefferson that day, “I can foresee no material or probable obstruction to our progress and entertain… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-06-18
    4 months ago
  • Is Your Life the Sermon?
    Last week we celebrated the life of Kevin Smith, one of our active clergy, who died unexpectedly. We lost an excellent second-career pastor who felt called into the ministry in 2004 and served local churches for fourteen years. As his family described it, “Kevin’s life was the sermon.” Kevin touched… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-06-04
    4 months ago
  • Where Will U Go Next?
    Nine years ago, Gary and I packed a fourteen-foot U-Haul with the substance of our youngest daughter’s life. After ten straight years of moving kids, furniture, clothing, and “stuff” back and forth, we anticipated being done with college and graduate school—at least for the moment! As Gary drove the U-Haul… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-05-29
    5 months ago
  • Capturing the Energy of Love
    The Holy Spirit arrived early! Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, gave a stirring sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. He said, “Dr. King was right: ‘We must discover the power of love, the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-05-21
    5 months ago
  • When Stuff Happens
    It was a parliamentarian’s worst nightmare. Last week, three of the five amendments to the Constitution of The United Methodist Church were approved by an aggregate two-thirds vote of all the conferences in our global church. However, the first two amendments, which related to the rights of women, girls, and… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-05-14
    5 months ago
  • Why Postville Matters
    It was the second to last day of the 2017 RAGBRAI bike ride across Iowa when I rode my bike through Postville. I did not know about this tiny northeast Iowa town before, but my curiosity was raised when I heard buzz among the riders. As I walked my bike… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-05-07
    5 months ago
  • Inescapable Community
    There were seven of us. It was last Saturday evening, the night before the Council of Bishop meeting began, and we decided to get Chicago pizza at Giordano’s Restaurant. Because we didn’t want to wait a half hour, we sat at the bar. No one ordered a drink, but the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-04-30
    6 months ago
  • And So Shall We
    It was a part of every membership inquiry class in twenty-eight years of pastoring United Methodist churches. I would pass out a copy of the Social Principles to each person, and we would go through it together. Oh, how spirited the discussions were! I decided to become a United Methodist… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-04-23
    6 months ago

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