Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • Milk and Honey in Côte d’Ivoire
    I have always loved Jesus, I have always loved going to worship, and I have always loved receiving and serving the sacrament of holy communion. But this time? It was the heavenly banquet, a foretaste of the kind of world that God meant us to create: a world where the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-02-19
    4 days ago
  • The Best Heart of All
    Most people who are Christ-followers have already figured it out. Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are the same day this year for the first time since 1945! This week, some of us will have to make a choice. Will Ash Wednesday trump Valentine’s Day? Will the food that we give… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-02-12
    2 weeks ago
  • You Play Word Games … Victims Were Silenced
    It was heart-breaking to watch. Last Friday, at a hearing in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan, Randall Margraves, the father of three daughters who had been sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar, suddenly lunged at Nassar. It came right after one of the daughters, Lauren Margraves, said in… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-02-05
    3 weeks ago
  • The Unforced Rhythms of Grace
    All God’s children got rhythm, but River’s rhythm is multi-faceted. When our two-year-old grandson starts to shake, rattle, and roll, watch out! He can dance you into the ground, just like King David, who “danced before the Lord with all his might” in front of the ark of the covenant… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-01-29
    4 weeks ago
  • I Wonder
    I am sitting in a store in Jericho, waiting for our group of a hundred pilgrims while they shop. After deciding to post some pictures of our Holy Land pilgrimage on Facebook, a message appears on my phone that I am in Palestinian territory rather than in Israel and therefore… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-01-22
    1 month ago
  • God Doesn’t Show Partiality
    I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another. Rather, in every nation, whoever worships him and does what is right is acceptable to him. This is the message of peace he sent to the Israelites by proclaiming the good news through Jesus Christ: He… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-01-15
    1 month ago
  • Twenty Impossible Things
    We shared our hopes and dreams for 2018 around the family dinner table on Christmas Day. Some were crazy big, seemingly impossible dreams, like “peace on earth” or “a safe and warm home for everyone around the world.” Some were related to our jobs, like “I wish we could treat… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-01-08
    2 months ago
  • The Longest Night
    What a strange juxtaposition! The longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice, is this Thursday, December 21, just days before we celebrate the coming of Jesus, the light of the world. In Des Moines, Iowa, where I live, we will have exactly nine hours, nine… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-12-18
    2 months ago
  • The Controlled Burn of Advent
    I smell it before I see the sign. “Caution: Prescribed prairie burn being conducted in the area. Air quality will be affected during the burn period.” It’s the first Sunday of Advent, and I am walking along a bike trail near my home. Not having been raised in the Midwest,… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-12-11
    2 months ago
  • War and Peace the Circle Goes: A Christmas Story
    “Do you know the history of Algona during World War 2?” “I don’t think so.” “We have a world-famous nativity scene here that you need to see. Do you have time after lunch?” I was preaching on November 19 at First United Methodist Church, a strong and active United Methodist… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-12-04
    3 months ago
  • The Bell is Ringing
    A cell phone went off right in the middle of the church conference I was leading as a district superintendent. It happened eight years ago, right before Thanksgiving, at the Salem and Bradley Indian Missions in the West Michigan Conference. Normally, we would all just smile and move on, but… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-11-27
    3 months ago
  • Beyond the Hashtag
    #MeToo. Have you seen it? All over social media, women have been using the hashtag #MeToo to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. #MeToo was started by Tarana Burke, a survivor of sexual violence, when she created Just Be Inc. more than a decade ago. In an interview… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-11-20
    3 months ago
  • A Way Forward
    For the past five days, I have been meeting with the Council of Bishops (COB) at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. I cannot think of a more beautiful and serene setting for our work around a way forward for The United Methodist Church in regard to issues of human sexuality. I… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-11-10
    4 months ago
  • The Power of Difference Making
    Adolfo Kaminsky saved as many as 14,000 Jewish lives in World War 2. How? Because of his commitment to the resistance movement in France… and his dry-cleaning expertise! On the Sunday, October 29 edition of 60 Minutes, the story of 92-year-old Kaminsky dispelled any discouragement I have been feeling about… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-11-06
    4 months ago
  • Five Hundred Years of Reformation
    It was one of those seminal moments in human history, a time when we can look back and say with wonder and humility, “The world was never the same after this event.” Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31, is not only the eve of All Saints Day, but it is the 500th… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-10-30
    4 months ago

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