July 19, 2018

Archives for November 2010

Thank You, Lord

A Prayer of Thanks By Chaplain Mike Thank you, Lord, In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… For life itself, the gift I take most for granted. For my baptism and introduction to the Gospel when I was but a helpless, trusting infant. For my family and my heritage. For my birthplace […]


By Chaplain Mike The man’s tears were unsettling. There is something about a man crying uncontrollably that shakes me. His dying wife was in the bed across the room, speaking occasionally, but mostly lying with eyes closed, comfortable but waning. He cried for her. He cried for himself. He cried for the fact that he […]

Church Year Spirituality: Faith of Our Family

By Chaplain Mike When I was a pastor in local non-denominational congregations, I found it difficult to maintain a sense of cohesion and togetherness within the church’s program. Each church, of course, had its own traditions, and they created a certain level of family identity and oneness. But I’m talking about something deeper than when […]

Church Year Spirituality: Some Resources

By Chaplain Mike Over this past week, many have asked about resources for understanding and keeping the Church Year. I have compiled a starter list here in three categories: Books that give an overview of the Church Year to help individuals, families, and churches grasp its basic concepts and begin participating in Church Year spirituality. […]

Christ the King Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today is “The Feast of Christ the King” the final Sunday in the church year. This feast of worship is not some relic from medieval times, when kings ruled the earth. No, “Christ the King” Sunday is one of most recent additions to the church calendar. It was introduced in 1925 by […]

iMonk Classic: Do You Know What Your Church Is Doing Next Sunday?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 23, 2009 Note from CM: Here is one of Michael Spencer’s posts on the Church Year and how it might be used fruitfully by evangelicals. “Part of the problem is that evangelicals really don’t have traditions,” said Carter. “Instead, we have these fads that are built on […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.20.10

It’s leaf-raking time here at the iMonastery. We are very organized as monks. Chaplain Mike is in charge of gathering all of the orange leaves, Damaris gets the yellows, Lisa the reds, and Adam the browns. Joe and Mike are supposed to pick up all of the twigs, but spend most of their time throwing […]

Church Year Spirituality: The Eastern Orthodox Calendar

Note from CM: In our “Church Year Spirituality” series, I have focused on the calendar of the Western church, and have done so in an intentionally general way. This is the church to which I belong, and so I speak from that perspective. I have not focused on specific differences between traditions within the Western […]

God’s Fool

Now Jeremiah wasn’t cool, they all said Jeremiah was a fool. And Ezekiel wasn’t cool, they all said Ezekiel was a fool. And Isaiah wasn’t cool, they all said Isaiah was a fool. And Jesus wasn’t cool, they all said Jesus was a fool. And if Jesus wasn’t cool, and if Jesus was a fool, […]

Exquisitely Suited

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he […]