September 18, 2018

Archives for January 2011

All Are Welcome

By Chaplain Mike A website I’ve learned to like when preaching the lectionary is One of their entries this week is from David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Biblical Preaching Chair at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He discusses this week’s Gospel, the text of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12), a passage I’ve discussed here […]

Sick Days

By Chaplain Mike I had to take a couple of sick days this week. That’s unusual for me. Our entire family has been blessed with good health, and even the sicknesses we’ve had have not been serious. It becomes easy to take that for granted. Two years ago I had an experience that opened my […]

Chapter Two Continued: Humility and Obedience

I promised a follow-up of my article on “Chapter Two of the Christian Life.” In it I talked about the necessity, once grace has begun to work in us, of working ourselves. I listed nine disciplines or areas of growth that I wanted to talk about.  My purpose is not to load people up with […]

When It Doesn’t Make Sense

One year ago I was the happy owner of a 2004 Honda Accord. It had 120,000 miles on it, which for a Honda is practically new. It got great gas mileage, was very dependable–and it had a moonroof. I love cars with a window over my head. One year ago this month I was busy […]

It NEVER Helps

By Chaplain Mike …the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:20, NASB) In my experience, it never helps. Anger never improves a situation. Anger doesn’t work. Anger always make things worse. And anger has a multitude of unwanted consequences besides. Anger does not enable us to take forward steps in […]

Sermon: Walking in God’s Good Works

By Chaplain Mike Below, you can listen to Chaplain Mike’s sermon, preached at a local Presbyterian church on 1/23/11. The Gospel reading for the day is Matthew 4:12-23. Other texts we read in the service, supporting the message, were Isaiah 41:17-20, Acts 10:38, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 2:11-14. Matthew 4:17, 23-25 (NASB) From that time Jesus […]

Jesus Does Good Works of the Kingdom

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 4:23-25 God anointed [Jesus] with the Holy Spirit and with power, and…He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38) only one balm for this world’s pain only one course can grief constrain only one way will […]

iMonk Classic: Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Domestic Abuse?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 17, 2009 From, following a high profile murder that followed a high profile history of domestic abuse: The news reports of the recent death of Amanda Ross, allege that she was a victim of domestic violence. Based on statistics, it is likely domestic violence is happening […]

Saturday Ramblings 1.22.11

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and all the ships at sea. Flash—this just in. Today is Saturday, the day we generally reserve here at the iMonastery for cleaning up the piles that have accumulated throughout the week. We like to have a tidy home for the iMonks and all who visit here. So if you […]

The Intruder and His World

By Chaplain Mike This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid. (Bob Dylan) • • • One day recently, a dreaded Intruder came uninvited into our life. His coming was sudden and shocking, as though a blast of wind exploded out of nowhere, shattering our living room picture window, sending […]