Category: Guest Blogger

  • Breathe: by Guest Blogger Kathy McGinty

    Breathe: by Guest Blogger Kathy McGinty

    Kathy McGinty, a Safety Officer at Johns Hopkins Hospital, gave permission for Heartlands to publish this essay, which powerfully connects all the ways we can’t breathe right now. When the pandemic of 2020 hit the United States, I could not imagine what a startling change it would bring.  Working as a Physical Therapist Assistant in […]

  • Deep Ellum B.C.: Anti-Semitism at the Table

    Deep Ellum B.C.: Anti-Semitism at the Table

    The great Streetlight magazine has a new essay of mine up on their blog today. “Deep Ellum B.C.” hits all your favorite topics: Book stores, writing groups, and anti-Semitism. Enjoy. –Alex

  • Top 10 Posts of 2018 – Heartlands

    Top 10 Posts of 2018 – Heartlands

    A word of thanks and best wishes to all the friends of Heartlands who have supported this labor of love in 2018. We’ve grown this year with more views and visits. The top posts reveal a lot of interest (and probably anxiety) about where the United Methodist Church is headed in 2019. But look down […]

  • No One’s Anything:  A Reflection on Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason

    No One’s Anything:  A Reflection on Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason

    Peter Surran, is a pastor, teacher, EMT, building inspector, and a good friend.  He’s also a heck of a writer.  I’ve been wanting to get him on the blog for awhile and finally roped him in with a review of Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens For a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved.  Enjoy: I bustled into my […]

  • Guest Blogging on Leaving the Herd

    Ben Rigbsy, a recent guest blogger on Heartlands, got me thinking about moving and relationships for his site, Leaving the Herd: http://leavingtheherd.com/2018/04/20/7-ways-to-stay-in-love-in-the-midst-of-a-move/

  • 6 Steps to a Growing Church. Yes, Even Here! – Part 2

    6 Steps to a Growing Church. Yes, Even Here! – Part 2

    In Part One of Ben Rigsby’s post on reviving a church in a small town he talked about life-changing worship and reaching new people.  In this post he discusses 4 more steps to growing a rural church… It takes critical mass to launch a church, it takes the same to revive This is a tough […]

  • 6 Steps to a Growing Church. Yes, Even Here!: Guest Blogger Ben Rigsby

    6 Steps to a Growing Church. Yes, Even Here!: Guest Blogger Ben Rigsby

    Anybody who’s spent more than a minute with me since last summer has heard me yammer on about the people l met in Archer City, Texas on my leave. One of those folks is the dynamic pastor of First UMC, the Rev. Ben RIgsby.  You don’t often find church planters on the rural frontier but […]

  • Shmoop on Huck Finn: Guest Blogger Jeanne Torrence Finley

    Shmoop on Huck Finn: Guest Blogger Jeanne Torrence Finley

    My colleague Jeanne Torrence Finley has been writing about art and justice on her new blog Tell It Slant, (which you should definitely check out).  Today she joins my defense of Huck Finn by discovering an oddly-named defender of satire in literature: When Alex wrote on February 18  (“In Praise of Uncomfortable Books:  Huck and […]

  • Rural Soul: Evolution of a Liberal, Guest Blogger – Sara Keeling

    Rural Soul: Evolution of a Liberal, Guest Blogger – Sara Keeling

    I’m traveling back from Israel & Palestine Monday, but not before the Rev. Sara Porter Keeling continues her guest hosting with a post on anthropology, theology, and the continuing journey of discerning the Word.  Many thanks to Sara for bringing her rural soul to Heartlands while I’ve been away… Does loving our neighbors look like […]

  • Rural Soul: Confession – Guest Blogger Sara Keeling

    Rural Soul: Confession – Guest Blogger Sara Keeling

    ​ The Rev. Sara Porter Keeling continues as guest host this week, while I am in Israel & Palestine.  Today: a confessional look at the journey of call. I started a blog in 2003. Blogging—was THE social media platform of its time—we were a few years away from facebook, twitter was still confusing, and instagram […]