Prepare our hearts for Jesus

In this Advent edition of Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard encourages us to open our hearts, our lives, and our communities so Jesus can show up in us and through us to touch the world…  Friends, we are again entering the Christian season of Advent, the time of preparation for the celebration of the birth… Continue Reading Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Press on for Jesus Christ

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard reflects on North Central Jurisdictional Conference, scheduled for November 2-5, 2022, and what it means for him and the missional work we’ve been called to be part of as Michigan United Methodists… When I arrive in Fort Wayne, IN, on October 31, it will be the sixth… Continue Reading Press on for Jesus Christ

Listen to autumn’s reverie

Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, invites us to slow down during the changing seasons, pay attention, and take time to appreciate life’s good gifts… As the calendar turns from September to October, there is no shortage of difficult and challenging topics that could be addressed. Hurricane Ian devastated many parts of Florida,… Continue Reading Listen to autumn’s reverie

Addressing denominational tensions

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide the future UMC… We are not yet through the COVID-19 pandemic. People are still getting sick, and some are dying, but we seem to be… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions

It’s complicated

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard challenges us to appreciate complexity as a spiritual practice for maturing Christians … Unless I am specifically asked to do so, I never preach the same sermon twice. The major exception to that was when I served as a district superintendent and shared the same message at… Continue Reading It’s complicated

Take a moment or two for joy

Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, encourages us to carve out time for joy-filled moments, so that we may have the capacity to care for the world’s pain and suffering … In college I double-majored in philosophy and psychology. Here is a question I never ask a young person in college: “What are… Continue Reading Take a moment or two for joy

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