Dan R. Dick

Joseph

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We Wish You a Joseph Christmas

A "down and dirty" "Joseph" Christmas that acknowledges the humanity of the Holy Family -- including Jesus -- may be the kind of Incarnation story we really need, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Dec 18, 2013 12:37 PM Dan R. Dick

Unlike Button

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Grace-free Living

How do we treat one another in the church when we disagree? The Rev. Dan R. Dick explores the implications of two conversations overhead recently in United Methodist churches. more

Nov 1, 2013 7:49 AM Dan R. Dick 2 Comments

What Color Is Your Prayerchute?

The Rev. Dan R. Dick encourages believers to consider carefully – and colorfully – what kind of prayers we're really praying more

Sep 20, 2013 11:05 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Shmoo

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Shmoo Church

Those lovable, highly usable but ultimately satirical Shmoo creatures from the old L'il Abner comic strip resemble The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick more

Sep 13, 2013 2:54 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Doom & Gloom

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Han Church

The Korean concept of "han," an ever-present anxiety about the future, may describe The United Methodist Church for some, but the Rev. Dan R. Dick contends that we're already blessed beyond material wealth with the good news brought by Jesus Christ. more

Aug 10, 2013 5:17 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Parallel Universes

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Parallel Universes

United Methodists have far more financial and other resources than nine-tenths of the world, and it could use those resources more attentively to bless others, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Aug 2, 2013 8:51 AM Dan R. Dick

Too Busy

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Too Busy to Learn

The Rev. Dan R. Dick explores the long-range implications of a church leadership that's too busy to learn new knowledge. more

Jul 17, 2013 2:02 PM Dan R. Dick

Learning

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The Joy of Learning

So what did you learn at the 2013 session of YOUR annual conference? The Rev. Dan R. Dick proposes that United Methodists should be doing more to foster a love of lifelong learning among adults, whether clergy or laity. more

Jun 13, 2013 4:50 PM Dan R. Dick

Happiness

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The Contentment Decision

The Rev. Dan R. Dick looks at the quality of contentment as one of the signs of a vital faith in Jesus Christ. more

Jun 6, 2013 4:09 PM Dan R. Dick

Letter E

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Leadership Made "E"-z

Much as he dislikes their cutesy effects, the Rev. Dan R. Dick offers a model of leadership that builds on a string of memory devices starting with the letter "E." more

May 24, 2013 10:50 AM Dan R. Dick

Baby Christians

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Growth Imperative

Growth is essential for Christian maturity, but it's growth of the spirit and not necessarily of numbers, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

May 15, 2013 2:18 PM Dan R. Dick

Lego Church

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Lego Church

The "one-way-for-all" approach to growing churches -- like Lego kits with only one building plan -- is precisely what The United Methodist Church does NOT need in this time of change, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Apr 24, 2013 9:01 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

35 Dumb Things

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Open Mouth, Insert Foot

The Rev. Dan R. Dick recommends a new book as a way for Christians to improve their speech to be less hurtful. more

Apr 22, 2013 11:53 AM Dan R. Dick

Puzzle

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Ecumenically Challenged

Attending a gathering on church unity, the Rev Dan R. Dick wonders why all Christians don't assemble together more often -- and what to do about it. more

Apr 17, 2013 3:39 PM Dan R. Dick

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B Church

The Rev. Dan R. Dick examines what it takes to "B" the Church through belief, behavior and belonging. more

Apr 1, 2013 5:12 PM Dan R. Dick

Praying

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Prayerheads

How's your practice of prayer? The Rev. Dan R. Dick surveys the state of prayer in the UMC and offers his guidance for what to do about it. more

Mar 21, 2013 9:39 AM Dan R. Dick

Fruititude

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Fruititude

What kind of "spiritual fruit" are we really producing, asks the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Mar 19, 2013 8:48 AM Dan R. Dick

Three Monkeys

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Leading in the Little Things

A youth leader's actions in NOT correcting young people's unChristian attitudes sparks a response from the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

Mar 15, 2013 2:39 PM Dan R. Dick

Mystery

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Anti-Afflatus, or Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Christians can benefit from embracing their "trans-rational" experiences of the Holy Spirit rather trying to explain them away, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick more

Mar 14, 2013 6:05 PM Dan R. Dick

Why Answer the Call?

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Why Answer the Call?

Responding to a question from fellow blogger John Meunier about his post, "Vital Is As Vital Does," Dan R. Dick lifts up his hopes that The United Methodist Church can still attract capable young ministers. more

Mar 9, 2013 3:39 PM Dan R. Dick

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Bishop Laurie Haller delivers the Episcopal Address at the 2017 session of the Iowa Annual Conference.“Are you modeling the love of Christ to everyone who walks through the doors of your churches? What are you doing outside your buildings for the people most in need in your communities, the state of Iowa, and this world? Are all of your many activities making a difference? Where’s your runway?”

– Bishop Laurie Haller in her first episcopal address to the Iowa Annual Conference.

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