Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • 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
    5 days 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
    2 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    1 month 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
    1 month ago
  • The Flashback
    “Come to the table of grace.” It was the most profound part of our Council of Bishops meeting last week in Dallas, Texas. On our first three days together, we shared the sacrament of holy communion, a reminder that God was in our midst, binding us together in love and… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-03-05
    2 months ago
  • Are You Happy?
    The sky was blue, the sun was hot, and I just wanted to swim some laps in the pool. It’s been a long winter in the northern half of the country, and attending a conference in Orlando was exactly what many of us needed. It’s just that United Methodist gatherings… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-02-26
    2 months ago
  • 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
    2 months 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 months 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 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months ago

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