Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • Christmas Carols That Get to Me
    Last week, I had the opportunity to see the play, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. In the course of the play, Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to come to terms with his life through visits from the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet-to-Come. Themes of compassion, generosity, transformation, and… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-12-17
    2 days ago
  • The Points of Light Shine On!
    Along with millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, I paused last week to honor President George Herbert Walker Bush, or as he was affectionately referred to, 41. As our nation honored him in two memorial services, one at the Washington Cathedral and the other at St.… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-12-10
    1 week ago
  • The Peaceable Kingdom
    I was not sure what to expect. When our mission team from Iowa traveled to Zimbabwe in October, Gary and I had a chance to go on a safari ride early one morning. Because of my schedule, we arrived a day later than the rest of our group. Having been… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-12-03
    2 weeks ago
  • A Whisper in the Ear
    Yesterday, I preached at my home church, Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania, as part of the 50th anniversary of the current facility. A new building was constructed at the edge of town in 1968 to accommodate a rapidly growing congregation. During the fall, clergy who went into the ministry… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-26
    3 weeks ago
  • Corn, Caucuses, Creative Writing … and Mental Health (Updated)
    It was the first time I ever spoke about legislation on the floor of the West Michigan Annual Conference. As an introvert, I do not normally have a need to talk, but in 1997, after fifteen years of attending annual conference, I found my voice. We were discussing what benefits… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-19
    4 weeks ago
  • Corn, Caucuses, Creative Writing … and Mental Health 
    It was the first time I ever spoke about legislation on the floor of the West Michigan Annual Conference. As an introvert, I do not normally have a need to talk, but in 1997, after fifteen years of attending annual conference, I found my voice. We were discussing what benefits… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-19
    4 weeks ago
  • Exercising the Discipline of the Whole Church
    I learned two things about The United Methodist Church before I ever dreamed of one day becoming a United Methodist pastor. First, when a large United Methodist church in Connecticut hired me to be their part-time Director of Music while I was pursuing a graduate degree in sacred music, I… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-12
    1 month ago
  • The Church I Long For Is …
    It was a profound and holy moment. At the end of our orders gathering last Tuesday, we were asked to fill in the blank, “The church I long for is …” Prayerfully and humbly, 170 clergy voices around the sanctuary shared their hopes and dreams for our beloved United Methodist… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-11-05
    1 month ago
  • The Key to Liberty
    The key to liberty? The right to vote. The midterm elections are almost upon us. Four hundred and seventy seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on November 6. Not to mention local and state elections all around the country. The rhetoric… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-10-29
    2 months ago
  • The School of Dreams in the Valley of Hope
    We simply wanted to climb to the top of Mount Chiremba, which overlooks United Methodist-related Africa University in Zimbabwe. Larry, Ben, Paul, and I parked Larry’s truck at the Old Mutare Methodist Mission to begin our 4,000-foot climb when we were suddenly surrounded by eight children and youth from the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-10-22
    2 months ago
  • I Love My Pastors!
    Every Sunday I pray for our clergy in the Iowa Annual Conference as well as for clergy and religious leaders around the world. Answering God’s call to be a spiritual leader is one of the most difficult, gratifying, and terrifying challenges I can imagine. Our clergy in Iowa are amazingly… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-10-08
    2 months ago
  • 15 Tips for the Trail
    This past weekend, my daughter and I participated in what is called the Grand Canyon Rim2Rim Run. The Rim2Rim is one of those crazy adventures where you run/walk down the South Rim, cross the Colorado River, climb up to the North Rim, and stay overnight. The next day you run/walk… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-10-01
    3 months ago
  • Come Upon These Waters
    Gracious God, holy and wholly living, there is much still to be decided as The United Methodist Church moves into the future, moves toward General Conference 2019. Even in the unknown, even where there is chaos and confusion, remind us again and again of the power of your love, which… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-24
    3 months ago
  • Embrace This Moment
    “Life goes by at a frantic pace. Embrace this moment for yourself and share it with those around you. Savor this rocky mountain moment.” I read these words at the top of Tunnel Mountain, a small mountain within the city limits of Banff in the Canadian province of Alberta. Because Tunnel… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-17
    3 months ago
  • From Everywhere to Everywhere
    My first real mission experience was in the summer of 1972 when Mennonite Disaster Service asked for volunteers to help with flood relief in Wilkesbarre, PA after Hurricane Agnes. It was one of the deadliest and most costly storms in US history. I was a teenager and spent several days… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-10
    3 months ago

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