November 19, 2017

Archives for September 2010

Is There Life On Other Planets?

So, scientists say they have discovered a planet that orbits a star in an Earth-like manner. And these scientists think that the newly-discovered planet may have both liquid water and an atmosphere, two things necessary to sustain life. Real estate agents have not put For Sale signs out on this planet just yet, but give […]

Update From The Publisher

Howdy, iMonks! This is your friendly Internet Monk publisher stopping in to share a few of the fun goings-on here at the iMonastery. I hope all is well with you, and I cannot thank you enough for being a part of our community. Many of you have written to me to ask how Denise Spencer […]

Tidying up before taking a break

By Chaplain Mike For about a week or so, I will be taking my leave of the iMonastery and venturing out to do a few other important things. The eminently capable, immaculately dressed, and incomparably qualified Very Right Reverend Jeff Dunn, along with the rest of the team, will be leading you into thoughtful contemplation […]

The New Liturgical Gangstas (2)

Today, we present our second installment in our renewal of IM’s popular feature, “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion involving representatives from different liturgical traditions who will be answering questions regarding theology and church practice. Lord willing, the Gangstas will appear on the final week of each month to share with our IM audience. Who […]

I have to admit: I don’t get it

By Chaplain Mike This is all kind of off the top of my head, so take it for what it is — an impromptu rant. OK, this may seem like a weird thing to talk about, but I’m going to anyway. I’m sure most people don’t even think about it; the status quo is simply […]

Open Mic: What Are You Hearing about Hell?

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday’s Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man raised some of the usual questions about the afterlife, the judgment, heaven and hell, and the eternal destinies of humans. Today, over at Jesus Creed Scot McKnight is hosting some discussion the subject and I thought we might do the same. At this […]

Spiritual Formation: The Plain, Hard Truth

By Chaplain Mike And now for the bad news . . . In the final analysis, there is only one thing that enables us to grow in Christ. Few are willing to put it that starkly. In fact, I think there is so much false advertising out there about what actually enables people to change, […]

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart”

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel— Luke 16:19-31 This story is the climax of a series of pericopes that represent a prominent theme in Luke’s Gospel. Many have called it “The Great Reversal.” This theme is introduced in Mary’s Magnificat (1:46-55) and finds its most succinct expression in Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain (6:20-21, 24-25): Blessed […]

iMonk Classic: Confession

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Oct 13, 2008 MOD Note: One spiritual practice commanded in Scripture and little emphasized today in evangelical practice is the confession of sins. 1John 1, on the other hand, assumes that this is one of the marks of genuine Christian faith: “If we claim we have no […]

Saturday Ramblings 9.25.10

Saturday? It’s Saturday already? Didn’t we just have a Saturday last week? Well what are we waiting for? Are you ready to ramble? And have you ever seen a paragraph where every sentence ends in a question mark? The Apostle Paul preached all night on one occasion, putting Eutychus to sleep. When he woke up, […]