July 2010

The Abundant Life of Bread

We worship a God who loves bread. This should not be surprising to us, particularly if we recognize that in the sharing of bread we become companions to one another.

Note: This is the fourth post in a 10-part series, drawn from Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit: Reflections on Health, produced by the Clergy Health Initiative and distributed at the 2010 United Methodist Annual Conferences in North Carolina.  Each reflection is tied to the lectionary; we will publish each reflection a week in advance of the Sunday to which it is tied.

July 25, 2010
Luke 11:1-13 • Give us each day our daily bread.

Summertime: A Meditation on Tasting the Sweetness

I loathe hot, sticky weather. That loathing permeates everything these late July days.

I loathe hot, sticky weather. That loathing permeates everything these late July days: the new puppy's antics are annoying, I dread the sensation that I may burst into flame when I walk from air conditioning into the outdoors, the thought of cooking dinner fills me with dread, and the idea of putting on a choir robe is truly daunting. So, what is a health-conscious person of faith to do with this season? Savor it, of course.

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Beyond the Gospel of Us

Would our pews be emptier if we talked more about God and less about what God can do for us?

Note: This is the third post in a 10-part series, drawn from Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit: Reflections on Health, produced by the Clergy Health Initiative and distributed at the 2010 United Methodist Annual Conferences in North Carolina.  Each reflection is tied to the lectionary; we will publish each reflection a week in advance of the Sunday to which it is tied.

July 18, 2010
Colossians 1:15-28 • He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

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The Shoe on the Other Foot: Musings (Grump-ings?) of a Male Clergy Spouse

In the August 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, writer Andrew Corsello describes his experience of being the spouse of the new rector of a prominent Episcopal church in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco.

In the August 2010 issue of  O, The Oprah Magazine, writer Andrew Corsello describes his experience of being the spouse of the new rector of a prominent Episcopal church in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco.

Reading about all the "perks" of his new life may make some readers wonder what he has to complain about. Yet he does an excellent job of naming the particularly visible state of invisibility that clergy spouses experience.

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Have They Fruit?

"Have they fruit?” John Wesley asked of his would-be preachers. Could those who were seeking ordination show anything for their service?

Note: This is the second post in a 10-part series, drawn from Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit: Reflections on Health, produced by the Clergy Health Initiative and distributed at the 2010 United Methodist Annual Conferences in North Carolina.  Each reflection is tied to the lectionary; we will publish each reflection a week in advance of the Sunday to which it is tied.

Exercise and Bible Study: A New Way to Multi-Task

In this month's issue of Healthy Leaders, Pastor Beth Birkholtz describes the 10-week running group/Bible study that she formed in her church and the exhilaration she felt at seeing the group progress from walking to finishing a 5K race.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America produces a monthly clergy health newsletter, Healthy Leaders.  In this month's issue, Pastor Beth Birkholtz describes the 10-week running group/Bible study that she formed in her church and the exhilaration she felt at seeing the group progress from walking to finishing a 5K race.

Physician, Chaplain, Divinity Student...In That Order

I invite you to follow the blog of Dr. John Dormois, a Tampa cardiologist who is closing his medical practice to enroll at Duke Divinity School next fall, after which he hopes to teach medical students from his new perspective.

I invite you to follow the blog of Dr. John Dormois, a Tampa cardiologist who is closing his medical practice to enroll at Duke Divinity School next fall, after which he hopes to teach medical students from his new perspective.

His blog, Divinity MD, includes several wonderful  recent posts about his experience as a chaplain intern (he finished a CPE program this year).  We welcome John to the Duke Divinity School community and our readers to the insights of a compassionate, insightful writer.

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The Simple Salve

Note: This is the first post in a 10-part series, drawn from Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit: Reflections on Health, produced by the Clergy Health Initiative and distributed at the 2010 United Methodist Annual Conferences in North Carolina.  Each reflection is tied to the lectionary; we will publish each reflection a week in advance of the Sunday to which it is tied. 


July 4, 2010
2 Kings 5:1-14 • Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.