Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • 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
    3 days 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    2 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
    2 months ago
  • The Waiting Time
    It’s waiting time in The United Methodist Church. Only one more week until General Conference 2019. I sense the tension, the increasing anxiety, the wondering. What will happen to The United Methodist Church? What will happen to my local church? How will God show up? Will the Holy Spirit move… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-02-18
    2 months ago
  • The Character Coach
    As most of you know, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams a week ago, 13-3, which was the lowest score ever. It was the Patriots 11th Super Bowl appearance. Not only did they have the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, Tom Brady… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-02-11
    2 months ago
  • Today. Now.
    I rise from my bed of sleep to adore your holy name, to live for you this day, to work with you in the bringing in of your reign, and to find in you eternal life. I consciously renew my calling as this day begins, thanking you for the privilege… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-02-04
    2 months ago
  • Up Your Game or Lose Your Life?
    For the past eleven years, I have been spending three days in January at the Hilton Garden Inn in Des Plaines, Illinois. This is where the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops meets every year. For eight years, I represented the West Michigan… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-28
    3 months ago
  • Justice, and Only Justice, You Shall Pursue
    “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 16:20) Where is justice today? I’m embarrassed that I had never heard of The Green Book before I watched the movie by the same name a… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-21
    3 months ago
  • A Sweet, Sweet Story About the Hope That Matters
    It was a fascinating time to be in West Berlin, Germany. In the summer of 1974, I began a year-long adventure living in West Berlin as a student at the Berliner Kirchcnmusikschule (Berlin Church Music School). Living within walking distance of the Wall, I often sat on a hill, looking… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-14
    3 months ago
  • Life Lessons for a New Year
    It’s the beginning of a new year, a time when many of us stop to ponder our lives, where we have been and where we are headed. It is also an opportunity to make “New Year’s Resolutions,” promises that we make to ourselves about how we will live in the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2019-01-07
    3 months ago
  • 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
    4 months ago

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