On Saturday, October 20, our Ridder Team held our second mini-retreat (8:30-noon) of the Fall for our Ministry Team Leaders.  In this retreat, we reviewed the content from the first retreat to make sure the content sunk in.  Then, we moved on to what we call the “workability conversation.”  This conversation is about how systems keep and honor their […]

Recently, I heard this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., given in a sermon (on Loving Our Enemies) at Christmas, 1957.  He wrote it from Jail.  we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.  Lately, I have found […]

More and more these days, I am coming to see the multitude of relationships between running and the Spiritual life.  Most recently, I came across this little blurb in Runner’s World: Plan for (a Little) Pain:  Running your PR is going to hurt–sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. If you expect and prepare for discomfort, “then you […]

At Heartland, most of the basic ministry takes place through the various Ministry Teams.  Therefore, a good portion of our ministry and mission depends on the team leaders being empowered and equipped to lead well. We have also been part of the Ridder Church Renewal process over the past few years.  We have a team […]

This post previously appeared here.  But now that I have my own blog, I wanted a version right here. In sports, in music, in art, in science, we practice, practice, practice.  Yet, in our effort to master the art of living in the way of Jesus, we somehow lose sight of the need for practice. […]

I am part of a faith tradition (the Reformed Church in America) that embraces liturgy.  Although we officially encourage freedom within that liturgical framework, we also believe that worship should take a certain form.  That form includes a time of “Confession and Assurance.”  In a typical worship order, you might find this series of elements: […]

Over the last few weeks, the news headlines have provided a striking contrast. On one hand, we have seen the terribly deep darkness of humanity on display — first, with the Colorado Theater Shooting and second, with the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting. On the other hand, we have seen the absolute glory of human beings […]