Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • The Mending Wall
    Last week at our Council of Bishops meeting, our European episcopal leaders led us in a worship service commemorating the 30th anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, which was this past Saturday, November 9. How critical it is to remember. “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-11-11
    1 day ago
  • Are You a Red Letter Christian?
    It was a serendipitous moment. On Saturday, October 26, I had the privilege of offering a greeting to the 167th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. Whereas United Methodist bishops come and go, Bishop Alan Scarfe was elected as the Episcopal Bishop of Iowa in 2002 and has been… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-11-04
    1 week ago
  • You did so much
    The privilege of officiating at baptisms, weddings, and funerals has always been one of my greatest joys. Perhaps the most satisfying part ministry for me has been helping parishioners prepare to enter the last phase of their life. The conversations that I have had with people who are transitioning to… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-10-28
    2 weeks ago
  • Foolish Church 
    It’s a pretty foolish idea. A church inside a state prison? When I arrived in Iowa in 2016, that was one of many things that felt amazing, and wonderful, and challenging. It seemed no less foolish when I had the opportunity to visit worship there in Mitchellville on a cold… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-10-21
    3 weeks ago
  • I Repent in Dust and Ashes
    Early Thursday morning last week, I was awakened by huge rolling claps of thunder and the sound of torrential rain beating against our house. As I lay in bed, knowing that I would likely not be able to get back to sleep, I marveled at the fierceness of the storm… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-10-14
    4 weeks ago
  • A New Creation in Christ
    World Communion Sunday was yesterday, and I couldn’t wait! I never received the sacrament of Holy Communion until I was 15 years old, so I’m still catching up. I was raised in the General Conference Mennonite Church and attended church every Sunday from my birth until I went off to… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-10-07
    1 month ago
  • The United Methodist Church in 2032
    Last week, at the Leadership Institute sponsored by the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, I was invited to be one of several bishops to articulate their vision of what The United Methodist Church might look like in the year 2032. I am sharing that vision on my blog… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-09-30
    1 month ago
  • Please Save Your Praise 
    Greta Thunberg is the leading youth voice on climate change in the world. A native of Sweden, Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize award for organizing Fridays for Future youth climate protests. She recently traveled thirteen days and eight hours on a zero-emissions racing yacht boat from… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-09-23
    2 months ago
  • Growing in Grace with our United Methodist Colleges
    Did you know that there are 117 United Methodist-related colleges and universities in the United States? Did you know that there are thirteen United Methodist-related seminaries in the United States as well as other non-United Methodist approved seminaries? Did you know that there are more than one thousand United Methodist-related… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-09-16
    2 months ago
  • A Little Kindness
    September 9, 2019 When was the last time you experienced the kindness of another person? When was the last time you stretched yourself to extend grace to another person? What if each one of us repeated this scripture from Ephesians 4:42 every day, “Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-09-09
    2 months ago
  • Life Goes On
    Life goes on. My father said it often in his later years. I suspect it came from his own experience of change and loss over time. Whenever I visited, Dad and I would reminisce about the many wonderful times we had together, and, invariably he would say, “Life goes on.”… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-09-03
    2 months ago
  • Laying Myself on the Shelf
    Have you ever heard the phrase “lay on the table”? The Iowa Annual Conference ended its four-day session yesterday, and I have been pondering how, at one point, we used the motion to “lay on the table.” `Under Robert’s Rules, the subsidiary motion to lay on the table refers to… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-06-12
    5 months ago
  • God’s Hope Made Real
    The signs of hope are everywhere. Do you see them? Last Wednesday evening a four-year-old girl was hit by a line drive foul ball at a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros. The batter, Albert Almora Jr., knew right away what happened and fell to his knees… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-06-03
    5 months ago
  • The Risk of Going Too Far
    “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” This quote from T.S. Eliot has been one my personal core values for years. As a pastor and now a bishop, I have often wrestled with knowing when to play it safe or venture out on a limb, when… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-05-28
    6 months ago
  • Clouds Got in My Way
    Last week, Gary and I went for a walk on a nearby bike trail. I enjoy living in the outer suburbs of Des Moines because the episcopal residence is at the top of a hill. I can see for miles in all directions and have come to love the amazing… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-05-20
    6 months ago

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