Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • The Limp
    “Are you limping?” I’ve heard that question several times over the past months, and the answer has been “Yes.” A year ago, I injured my left knee as I was beginning to ramp up mileage for a race. A visit to an orthopedic doctor eventually revealed a few stress fractures… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-06-15
    3 weeks ago
  • Go Be the Church!
    The email came just a few days ago. Retired clergy Phil Dicks is serving as the pastor of two small churches in the Central District, Farrar and Mingo. Pastor Phil sent me an email last week, wanting me to know about the amazing ministry that has been taking place in… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-06-08
    4 weeks ago
  • That We May Love the Way You Love
    It was God who first breathed life into George Floyd, but it was a police officer who took away Floyd’s breath a week ago. It all started when police were called, with the report that Floyd might have used a counterfeit bill in a store. Forty-six-year-old Floyd was handcuffed and… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-06-01
    1 month ago
  • What footprints will you leave?  
    When I first saw it, I was upset and disappointed. Across the road from the episcopal residence in Clive, preparation for a new subdivision is underway. Over the past several months, Gary and I have watched as a mile stretch of road has been increased from two to four lanes,… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-05-26
    1 month ago
  • Stuck Like a Dope with a Thing Called Hope
    I’ve been thinking lately about hope, which seems to be in short supply at the moment. Where is hope in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infection rates continue to rise in some areas of our state, country. and world, unemployment rates are at historic highs, and the necessity… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-05-18
    2 months ago
  • For the Healing of the Nations
    A favorite hymn was running through my mind last week as I participated in one virtual meeting after another related to COVID-19. It was reinforced by a recent Zoom meeting of the Council of Bishops, where we heard about countries whose struggles with COVID-19 are far more serious than ours… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-05-11
    2 months ago
  • Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
    But if someone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but refuses to help – how can the love of God dwell in a person like that?” (1 John 3:17 CEB) The scripture keeps nagging my heart as COVID-19 continues to challenge all of us, but especially… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-05-04
    2 months ago
  • Let Us Keep Praying for Each Other 
    Like many states, Iowa has had a rough time with COVID-19. We saw a spike in the last several weeks when hundreds of meatpacking workers in Iowa tested positive for COVID-19. This resulted in some Midwest processing plants significantly slowing production or suspending operations, causing drastically falling prices. Iowa is the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-04-27
    2 months ago
  • Joy, Junk, and Jesus
    If you don’t have a sense of humor, the coronavirus life may not be for you. That’s because every day is a new adventure in patience, fortitude, and creativity. It’s been five weeks since the Iowa United Methodist Conference Center closed, and life at home has fallen into a new… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-04-20
    3 months ago
  • I’ve Seen the Lord!
    It’s still dark as Mary Magdalene comes by herself to the tomb, Overwhelmed by grief. The course of her life changed by this man. Remembering the horror of Jesus’ death as she stood at the foot of the cross with Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister. Refusing to leave. Watching… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-04-13
    3 months ago
  • Unmuted
    “Mute yourself!” The call rings out whenever I’m in the midst of a Zoom or Microsoft Teams meeting, and the speaker’s words become garbled. If everyone else on the call mutes their microphone, we’re able to hear each other more clearly. The first commandment of virtual meeting etiquette is, “Mute… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-04-06
    3 months ago
  • Leading in a Coronavirus World
    The outpouring of grace, generosity, and ingenuity across our world over these past several months has been beautiful to behold. A story in the March 24 Des Moines Register immediately caught my attention because of my Anabaptist religious heritage, which includes the Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, Hutterites, and Amish. A woman… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-30
    3 months ago
  • Standing Together by Standing Apart
    What a week it was! Last Tuesday Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. This requires the closing of restaurants to the general public, except for carry-out, drive-through, and delivery. Health clubs, gyms, theaters, and gatherings of ten or more people, including worship services, are prohibited… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-23
    3 months ago
  • Is the Lord really with us or not?
    Last week, I received this Facebook message from an old friend, “Several years ago you had David Lockington play his cello during your sermon…The piece was originally played in the city square of Sarajevo. Just the cellist. Can you let me know the name of the piece?” David Lockington was… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-16
    4 months ago
  • Theological Convictions or Relationships?
    “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.” This is the first song I remember singing as a little child. I am fortunate that I was taught… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2020-03-09
    4 months ago

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