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Archives for November 2010

Church Year Spirituality: Practical Wisdom

By Chaplain Mike The freest time in our adult life was after we were married and before we had children. Having graduated from college, we were no longer bound by a school schedule. We lived in a small, iconic Vermont village where the pace of life was slow, the program of our church modest, and […]

Church Year Spirituality: The Main Thing

By Chaplain Mike For to me, to live is Christ (Phil 1:21) And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Heb 12:1-2, NLT) Joan Chittister calls following the Church Year, “the attempt to […]

Church Year Spirituality: Living in God’s Story

By Chaplain Mike In our introduction to this series, “Church Year Spirituality,” I gave five primary reasons why I think it advantageous for Christians to form their spiritual lives — their walk with God through Christ — around the liturgical year. It enables us to live in God’s story. It keeps the main thing the […]

Church Year Spirituality

By Chaplain Mike Next Sunday is the final Lord’s Day in the Church Year. Christians who follow the liturgical calendar will begin a new year of living in the Gospel with the commencement of Advent on Nov. 28. The diagram on the right gives an overview of the annual Church calendar. Advent is the season […]

Jonathan Fisk on Luke 21

Today’s Gospel • Luke 21:5-19 I had a busy day Saturday on call for my work, so I did not get to hunker down and deal with the text satisfactorily to give you a decent message this Sunday. So… Here’s a message by Rev. Jonathan Fisk of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA, […]

iMonk Classic: The Little Brothers of Saint Archie Bunker

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated We didn’t crawl out from under no rocks. We didn’t have no tails. And we didn’t come from monkeys you atheist pinko meathead. It ain’t supposed to make sense; it’s faith. Faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe.” • Archie Bunker […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.13.10

Jingle, jangle—hear that ramble? It’s time for Saturday Ramblings. Tales from the crypt? At Rome’s Catholic Church, the youth pastor has turned a crypt into a night club, complete with a live music stage and a bar. Gee, Martha—we might all become Catholics yet. Or maybe we’ll just become Irish, like Bono. Just in case […]

Just because it’s in the Bible . . .

. . . doesn’t mean you should put it on your church sign. Welcome, neighbor!

Guest Post: A Woman in Ministry

MOD NOTE: Angie merely summarized her position on women in ministry in this post. If you want to see a full expression of my Biblical position on egalitarianism, read “Why I Am an Egalitarian,” which  I wrote in Sept. This will enable you to see the relevant Biblical texts without having to rehash them all […]

Circle Or Cross?

Note: This essay owes much to the thoughts of G. K. Chesterton from his classic work, Orthodoxy. This is an interactive essay, one that requires your participation. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil or pen or crayon or some sort of marker, and a compass or something you can trace around to […]