December 15, 2017

Archives for June 2010

Sunday’s Gospel: Teaching One Another

By Chaplain Mike On Sundays, we hear the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sometimes, I share a message based upon this text. On other weeks, I ask you to share your observations so that our readers can be edified. Today, we’ll be teaching one another again. Please remember the one main rule: My […]

iMonk Classic: I Have My Doubts

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer I Have My Doubts: The Many Reasons I Don’t Believe (undated) Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) Let’s start with bugs. Bugs have always….well…bugged me. They bite me. Wasps hate me. Mosquitoes swarm around me. Gnats head for […]

Truth Is Stranger than Fiction

By Chaplain Mike Just the facts… Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, age 59, married Kathryn Rogers, 33, on June 5 in Palm Beach, Florida. It is Limbaugh’s fourth marriage, after three divorces. Limbaugh’s friend, Ken Hutcherson, a former NFL player, African-American, and outspoken “pro-family” pastor from Redmond, Washington, officiated. When asked how he could […]

Saturday Ramblings 6.19.10

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack … reach into your box of Cracker Jack and see what your prize is. Why look! You got Saturday Ramblings! Just in case you went into hiding after the Reds lost two out of three games […]

A Rosary By Any Other Name … Is For What, Now?

Editor’s Note: Alan Creech is a longtime friend, sponsor and contributor to the Internet Monk community. I asked Alan, in light of recent news stories about celebrities and gang members wearing rosaries, to help us understand the true usage of this oft-misunderstood piece of Christian “gear.” You can visit Alan’s web site to see the […]

Open Mic: Pastoral Care in Today’s Church

By Chaplain Mike OK, it’s happened again. Over the past few weeks I’ve had at least half a dozen patients tell me that their pastor has not visited them and that the church has dropped the ball when it comes to keeping in touch with them during their illnesses (in these cases, terminal illnesses). What’s […]

IM Book Review: Evolving in Monkey Town

By Chaplain Mike If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that faith can survive just about anything, so long as it’s able to evolve. Evolving in Monkey Town, p. 17 Rachel Held Evans is from the community of Dayton, Tennessee—”Monkey Town U.S.A.”—so named because it hosted the infamous 1925 Scopes trial, which […]

Big Butter Jesus, Part Two

Editor’s note: Many were offended earlier this week when Chaplain Mike wrote about the statue outside of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio burning down. Chaplain Mike referred back to a quote from John Piper, and some were upset that we would dare to touch the “third rail” by being even slightly critical of Piper. […]

Courage The Cowardly Christian

“Hello, my name is Jeff, and I am a spiritual coward.” (Chorus) “Hi, Jeff.” This is me, a spiritual coward. It is not easy for me to admit this, and many who know me might question the accuracy or sincerity of this tag. But it’s most certainly true. Those who know me may say, “But […]

Reviewers Wanted

If you have read Michael Spencer’s Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality, would you consider writing a review for it on Amazon? The more reviews, the better. Of course we want you to be honest in your assessment of the book, and rank it as you see fit. And if you haven’t […]