Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • 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
    7 days 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
    2 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    4 weeks ago
  • The Unlikely Legacy of John Stewart
    It’s an improbable and amazing story. But, then again, God always seems to work in mysterious and wondrous ways. The 200th anniversary of the first permanent Methodist Episcopal mission in America began with a man named John Stewart, who was born in 1786 in Virginia to parents of mixed ancestry, including… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-05-13
    1 month ago
  • May Day Surprises
    It was quite a day! I knew it was May 1 because the appointive cabinet was meeting at the Iowa Conference Center for the first of three days, and my monthly From the Heart of Iowa newsletter is published. Little did I know what surprises the day would hold. After our… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-05-06
    1 month ago
  • Sermons in Stones and Good in Everything
    I could hardly take it all in. For one who has spent much of my life reading, visiting the largest library in the world was just like I imagine heaven might be like. It was almost as amazing as huddling with my ipad in my sleeping bag in a stone… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-04-29
    2 months ago
  • Made Like Him, Like Him We Rise
    It’s at the heart of who we are as human beings. “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” perhaps Charles Wesley’s most famous hymn, was sung yesterday by millions of Christians around the world. But this is this phrase of the hymn that got to me on Easter, “Made Like Him,… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-04-22
    2 months ago
  • The Cross and the Butterfly
    The church sign said it all, “Now is not the time to stop praying!” On Thursday, March 14, the town of Hornick in northwest Iowa was evacuated by members of the Fire Department going door to door, and most of the town’s electricity was turned off. The water wasn’t coming… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-04-15
    2 months ago
  • The Table of the Lord
    One of the joys of serving in a worldwide church is that I have the opportunity to meet and learn from pastors and laity around the world. Seven years ago, I met Pastor Max Maregmen at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa. We were in the same legislative committee and… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-04-08
    2 months ago
  • Love Never Ends, For God is Love
    “You can travel in a way that brings people closer together and builds understanding, or you can travel in a way that exacerbates the differences between the rest of the world and us.” Those words are from a 2011 interview with well-known travel writer and Christian, Rick Steves. I am writing this blog… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-04-01
    3 months ago
  • The Day My Hope Returned
    Yesterday was the day my hope returned. Since General Conference, I have been discomfited. I don’t think I’ve ever used that word before, but it means to be made uncomfortable, uneasy, agitated, disoriented, or unable to be consoled. My heart has been aching because I have a deep investment in… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-03-18
    3 months ago
  • Erring on the Side of Grace
    When I have some time at home over the weekend, I like to watch a little golf on TV. I love to golf but have only been able to play one round since moving to Iowa two and a half years ago. My favorite golfer is Phil Mickelson, largely because… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-03-11
    3 months ago
  • Untied
    I did it again last week during the 2019 General Conference. In a draft of one of my communications with the Iowa Annual Conference, I mistakenly typed “Untied” instead of “United” Methodist. It’s easy to do, especially if you aren’t the best typist, which I am not. When I was… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-03-03
    4 months ago
  • 2019 Special General Conference – Monday, February 25
    Dear Friends, Leading from the Heart will not be published today because I am at the General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. If you would like to read my daily updates, please see below: Sunday, February 24, 2019 Saturday, February 23, 2019 Friday, February 22, 2019 If you would like… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-02-25
    4 months ago

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