July 23, 2018

Archives for October 2010


By Chaplain Mike con•fab•u•la•tion –noun 1. the act of confabulating; conversation; discussion. Today, I want to give a shout out to the Internet Monk community for an engaging, thoughtful, considerate, and helpful discussion on yesterday’s post, “A Conversation We Must Have.” It makes one hopeful. We certainly didn’t all agree. We came at the subject […]

A Conversation We Must Have

By Chaplain Mike Thanks for a great discussion, everyone. To be continued… Comments are now closed. I have avoided this for a long time, but at some point, we are going to have to talk about it. I haven’t wanted to bring it up because, like most hot-button issues, trying to have a conversation about […]

Rachel Held Evans Is Going “Biblical”

By Chaplain Mike Friend of IM Rachel Held Evans has announced the project that she will be undertaking over the course of the coming year, which will result in her next book. Right now, she’s calling it “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” I will let her introduce it via this video: The book won’t be […]

The Touchstone

I have a question I’d like all you InternetMonks to tackle.  It’s this:  Is there any absolute standard of good and bad in the arts? By arts I mean music, writing, painting, sculpture, architecture, and dance at least, and I’m willing to include other disciplines if you like.  And by absolute standard I mean the […]

Profoundly Human

By Chaplain Mike In this morning’s Gospel lesson, we heard a story from Jesus’ lips about how the trappings of religion can keep us far from God. Oddly, the benefits of the religious life that enhance our thoughts, words, and actions, that re-order our relationships and priorities and bring us new purpose and direction, can […]

The Real Test of Being in God’s Presence

By Chaplain Mike Sunday’s Gospel • Luke 18:9-14 OK, let’s be honest. What are you thinking after you read this famous parable about the Pharisee and the publican? I would guess that many of us who have accepted the Gospel read this straightforward story and say in our hearts: “Thank God I’ve escaped the sin […]

iMonk Classic: Evangelical Anxieties 5—The End of the World

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Feb 12, 2007 From Chaplain Mike: In the midst of all the insanity about “the end times” that Christians have produced since the Rapture theory became predominant, Michael Spencer (as usual) uttered this word of sanctified Biblical realism and common sense. There’s not a lot that I […]

Saturday Ramblings 10.23.10

It is that time of week, time for us to sweep up and put away all the leftovers. Time to clean and shine and wax and … oh, forget it. It’s Saturday, a perfect day to bake a batch of peanut butter cookies, watch some college football, and read your Saturday Ramblings. Cape Town, South […]

Another Look: The Advance Team Is Spreading the Word!

By Chaplain Mike Alert friend of IM Eric N. sent me a note saying that he had seen a bus stop ad for the Rapture. Apparently, Jesus has sent his advance team out to spread the word. Back in March, we reported the convoluted prognostications of Harold Camping, who is behind this ad campaign. Since […]

This Little Light Of Mine

I have been a Christian now for more than 37 years. As soon as I came into the family, I was told I needed to do two things on a regular basis: go to church and read my Bible. And I have done these two things on a regular basis for all these years. Now, […]