November 18, 2018

Advent IV: Seeing

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. Today is Christmas Eve, and I’ve invited Damaris Zehner to wrap up our Advent meditations. I am grateful for each of the friends and gifted people who have helped us prepare our lives […]

Another Look: Mary and the Contemplative Life

Mary and the Contemplative Life “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). • • • The American church is renowned for its activism. We are a “can do” people, and in the Christian context that often means we see ourselves as “saved to serve.” We commend “being about the […]

Jeff Dunn: A Lifetime of Advent

Note from CM: It’s a Christmas miracle! What a wonderful surprise to hear recently that our good friend and former Abbot here at Internet Monk, Jeff Dunn, is back at the writing desk and has a new site for us to recommend. It is The St. Paul Evangelization Society (SPES in our Links list below), […]

Advent III Sermon: “Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light”

John 1:6-8, 19-28 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews […]

Advent III: Presence — The One Necessary Thing

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. I have really missed hearing from our friend Lisa Dye, and I’m so grateful she was willing to send us this contribution for the third Sunday in Advent. In fact, I am grateful […]

Merton on Advent: Christ in our world as it is

  Note from CM: This past Sunday was recognized in many Anglican churches as the Feast of Thomas Merton. Today we present an excerpt from something he wrote about the season of Advent. • • • Merton on Advent Christ in our world as it is St Gregory the Great said that all Christians should […]

Advent II Sermon: An Uncomfortable Awakening (+ a bonus song)

Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths […]

Advent: A Reminder To Wait for the God Who Takes His Time

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. On the second Sunday, we welcome our friend Randy Thompson to contribute his perspectives on Advent. I am grateful for each of these friends and gifted people, and know that what they share […]

iMonk Classic: The Mood of Advent

I have several friends who are doing Advent in their Baptist churches for the first time, and they have lots of questions about candles and logistics. I wish there were more questions about Advent itself. For example, the mood of Advent is dark and serious. It’s not the mood of Lent, which is a particular […]

iMonk Classic: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light

  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, […]