Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 months ago
  • Their Only Dream
    My heart went out to Ziki. Ten days ago, I saw a special CBS news report on child labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ziki is an eleven-year-old boy who mines cobalt along with 40,000 other children in the Congo. His parents died, so he has to… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-04-16
    4 months ago
  • A Single Garment of Destiny
    The coincidence was startling. It was last Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the daily devotion from The Upper Room Disciplines was Acts: 4:32-35. It was also one of the lectionary passages for yesterday. The community of believers was one in heart… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-04-09
    4 months ago
  • Dear Lord, May Our Easter Joy Not Leave Us
    It was pure Easter joy! No foolin! Babies… children … youth … adults … Pastor Craig Ferguson … all filled with the joy of new life in Christ. Yesterday, I had the privilege of preaching at Johnston River of Life United Methodist Church (JROL) and participating in the formal chartering… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-04-02
    5 months ago
  • Make it as Secure as You Can
    “Make it as secure as you can.” I often spend time during the latter part of Lent reading and comparing the accounts of Holy Week in all four gospels. Every time I discover something new. This year I am focusing on Holy Saturday. It’s such a strange day, an in-between… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-03-26
    5 months ago
  • Let’s Stand Up Together!
    It seemed serendipitous, but it was no accident. I found myself sitting next to Doris Knight last week at the dedication of the new offices for Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) in Des Moines. According to their website, Iowa JFON is a “nonprofit organization, welcoming low-income immigrants of all faiths… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-03-19
    5 months ago
  • Losing My Voice
    I lost my voice last week. Just like that! I’d been pretty run down from a heavy travel schedule and didn’t feel quite right. I thought I was coming down with a cold. Then, in the middle of our first district gathering around the work around the Commission on a… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-03-12
    5 months ago

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