Miscellaneous Blogs

Interesting blogs on spirituality and other topics that intrigue me

  • 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 months 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 months 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
    4 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 months ago
  • Learning How to Fly Again – the Sequel
    I get in the car on Sunday, June 27 and head off to Conception Abbey in Missouri with a little anxiety. Remembering my last blog post before my time away, I pray, “God, I do not know how you are going to speak to me over the next eight weeks,… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-09-04
    7 months ago
  • Learning How to Fly Again
    Last week, Gary went outside in the early morning and said, “Look, there’s a baby bird on the porch!” Last year, two barn swallows decided to make a nest in the alcove of our porch. We watched as they carefully built a nest and left debris and droppings on the… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-06-25
    9 months ago
  • All in Unison, Act with the Most Perfect Harmony
    On April 7, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery set out in canoes into territory few white persons had ever entered. Lewis wrote in a letter to President Thomas Jefferson that day, “I can foresee no material or probable obstruction to our progress and entertain… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-06-18
    9 months ago
  • Is Your Life the Sermon?
    Last week we celebrated the life of Kevin Smith, one of our active clergy, who died unexpectedly. We lost an excellent second-career pastor who felt called into the ministry in 2004 and served local churches for fourteen years. As his family described it, “Kevin’s life was the sermon.” Kevin touched… ... read more
    Source: Leading from the Heart Published on 2018-06-04
    10 months ago

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