December 16, 2017

Archives for February 2009

Poetry Slam ’09

One of the events I am responsible for at the ministry where I serve is a poetry slam. Competitors must perform an original poem. Non-competitors are either adults or are performing non-original work. Here are four of the poems from last week’s slam. I’ll add some more later. First, my wife Denise Day Spencer. Second, […]

Living In One Room

In Screwtape Letter 10, the senior tempter reminds Wormwood that, as much as possible, he should strive to have his patient lead two completely separate and parallel lives. It’s basic demonic advice, and few of us would need much explanation. Someone ought to add that’s there’s no good reason to stop at two separate lives. […]

iMonk 101: From 11/07: The Ecclesiastes Attitude

It is the tradition of this web site to hear my confessions, my struggles and my emotions. This is what is what was on my table in November of ’07. I can’t explain it to you; all I can do is write and pray. Trusting God is hard. His ways are not my ways, and […]

Yellow Mountain Imports

This post will win the award for having the least to do with anything theological. I’m a chess player (bad) and a collector of chess sets (good.) Since the TV is gone, I’m taking a second look at the board game situation, and I got interested in learning Chinese Chess, and maybe Go, and so […]

Talk Hard II: Defending Dissent

The Original Talk Hard: Defending the Role of the Critic in Christianity. Lots I would change in that essay, but it still holds up 6 years or so later. Recently, I received an email from someone who has been a longtime reader of this blog, giving his reasons for being a regular reader and generous […]

From Liberty Mountain to Mt. Ararat (or Send Me The Money Instead)

UPDATE: “Laugh or else” is a category that ought to only be used by people with a sense of humor. All others just stay clear. Apparently poking fun at Ark hunters qualifies me as an angry, Bible rejecting heretic. Well, I’d like to thank all the little people who made this possible… Since we’re talking […]

Riffs: 02:09:09: Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on Darwin and Faith

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor has an opinion piece in the Times that affirms the Roman Catholic position: faith and science have no problems, and evolution and Christianity are compatible. This week we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, one of Britain’s most extraordinary scientists. His theory of evolution, one […]

Preparing to Meet the Void

In a few days, Denise and I are going to make a change in our lives. We’re both 52. The kids are gone. No grandkids yet. Thirty years together. We’ve always had television. In a few days, we’re getting rid of it. Dish TV will unhook the Dish, and we won’t have any television reception. […]

It’s a Comedy Bit…I think…It does sound familiar…

How are you going to fight that fight?

Trevin Wax and many, many other blogs have reported the story of the death of a baby born alive during an abortion procedure in Florida. Trevin calls this the pinnacle of wickedness, and no rational, morally sensitive person would disagree. But we don’t live in a rational or morally coherent age. In the very same […]