Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • RAGBRAI 2017: Day Two – July 24
    “Would you like a tissue?” she asked as I stood in line at the porta-potties. “There isn’t any toilet paper left.” “Sure,” I said gratefully, thinking to myself, “Now there is a difference maker.” Wayne and I cycled 103 miles today, with the other riders completing a shorter loop. Starting… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-07-25
    2 days ago
  • The Circuit Riders of RAGBRAI
    Overheard yesterday on our first day of cycling. Rider #1: “I feel like spaghetti for lunch.” Rider #2: “That’s what the churches always serve during RAGBRAI.” Rider #3: “There sure are a lot of churches in Iowa.” Rider #4: “Sounds like heartburn to me!” We arrived in Orange City in… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-07-24
    3 days ago
  • Pura Vida
    I had just completed seventh grade when my parents took us four kids on our first big trip “out west.” It was my grand introduction to the spirituality of travel. My father constantly encouraged us to “pay attention to everything.” As I observed weather patterns, ever-changing geography, and the variety… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-07-17
    1 week ago
  • Flourishing in Ministry
    Last Friday I went for an early morning run at Centennial Park in Nashville. I was attending a three-day meeting sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to brainstorm ideas around the implementation of the new eight-year assessment of clergy that was approved by the 2016 General… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-06-26
    1 month ago
  • Enough
    In early 1994, I saw the movie Schindler’s List, which is based on a true story and had a profound effect upon my life. Oskar Schindler is a German businessman who travels to Krakow, Poland in 1939 to make his fortune from World War 2. Schindler joins the Nazi party… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-06-19
    1 month ago
  • Stay in the City
    “Are we forgetting anything?” At least ten times I walk through the house for a final inspection and ask two of our children and a niece and nephew to check as well. The workers are loading up the rest of our belongings to deliver them to the Des Moines area.… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-06-05
    2 months ago
  • Make Your Life a Blessing
    Last Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, gave the commencement address at Harvard University. In case you didn’t know, Zuckerberg was accepted at Harvard and enrolled in 2002. By his sophomore year, he was known for his software developing skill and created Facebook out of his dorm room.… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-05-29
    2 months ago
  • Ode to a Re(tired) Pastor
    Pastor Gary is officially re(tired)! And today is his 65th birthday! I’d be tired, too, if I had his stats. Imagine! It’s been thirty-nine years of (approximately): 1,000 sermons, most preached multiple times on a Sunday 195 weddings (average of 5 per year) 390 baptisms (10 per year) 390… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-05-22
    2 months ago
  • Dear Mom
    I am not sentimental about Mother’s Day. I’ve never made a big deal out of Mother’s Day and don’t care for the hype and commercialism (an estimated $26.3 billion this year) of this holiday that has roots in the Methodist Church. After Anna Reeves Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-05-15
    2 months ago
  • And I Mean to Be One Too
    I knew Peggy Whitson was from Iowa but didn’t really pay much attention until I saw a live interview a week ago on CNN. You may have watched President Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins make the first ultra-definition livestream from space with Whitson on April 24.… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-05-08
    3 months ago
  • The Future Us
    The convergence was uncanny. Last Tuesday Pope Francis gave a surprise videotaped talk for the International TED 2017 Conference, “The Future You.” TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas through talks that are no more than eighteen minutes long. TED began in 1984 as a place where Technology,… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-05-01
    3 months ago
  • If I Only Entertained Them
    The spiritual practices of Lent have ended, Holy Week now seems far away, and the joy of Easter has moved into that season of the year when new life in nature is exploding all around us. But I’m still fixated on Easter, and the magnificent music of George Frideric Handel’s… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-04-24
    3 months ago
  • Life, Death, and Resurrection in Boston
    I don’t know exactly why, but I keep going back! I am running in my tenth Boston Marathon today. My first Boston Marathon was in 1999, and I fell in love with this granddaddy of all marathons. This wasn’t my first 26.2 mile race, however. Boston is a race for… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-04-17
    3 months ago
  • Passion
    Here you come, making your grand entrance into Jerusalem Sitting on a donkey Weeping over the Holy City Emptying yourself Letting the crowds hail you Holy Week … Passion Week Passion: from the Latin pati, meaning “to suffer or endure” If you knew all that was to come, would you… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-04-10
    4 months ago
  • With Our Faith and Hope and Energy
    “Good health is an essential to happiness, and happiness is an essential to good citizenship.” – Dr. Charlie Mayo A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a two-day health program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. My goal was to maximize my capacity to be fruitful… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2017-04-03
    4 months ago

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