October 19, 2017

Archives for February 2011

Is It a Pastor?

By Chaplain Mike The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. – 1Tim 1:5, NASB I have made my views known early and often on the subject of pastoral care, pastoral visitation, and relational pastoral ministry here at Internet Monk. In my opinion, such […]

A Word about Words

By Chaplain Mike Then [Job’s friends] sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great. • Job 2:11-13 • • • My dear friend, Christians believe in words and their power. And well we […]

Is It a Church?

By Chaplain Mike Damaris sent me a link to an article that appeared in our local Indianapolis paper the other day. You can read it HERE. The title on the web-edition was, “Brownsburg Church Promotes God as an Expert on Sex.” I think the print edition ran a title something like, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll,” […]

Open Mic: Teaching about Creation

By Chaplain Mike Internet Monk reader Ben sent in the following question, asking for counsel from our IM community. Dear Chaplain Mike, On Friday, I’ve got 30 minutes to talk to a group of 11-13 year-olds about ‘creation and evolution’. They haven’t studied anything about either at school, and in the context of the church […]

For Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, from Chaplain Mike For Gail and my family, and all our friends everywhere.

A Letter from Gilead

By Chaplain Mike My dearest children, This weekend I had the profound pleasure to visit with the Rev. John Ames, a Congregational minister from Gilead, Iowa. He came to my attention and told me his stories through Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gilead. Hearing him speak and weave his tales was a revelation, I […]

Jesus Teaches God’s Laws

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37 what kind of world would it be… if we heard his laws with diff’rent ears if we heard them not as classroom rules designed to keep us all in line — sit up straight eyes to the front hands to yourself lips sealed — you’d better straighten up, […]

iMonk Classic: “I Forgive Myself” — The Hardest Word?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 19, 2008 One of the things I really don’t like about run-of-the-mill evangelical spirituality is the assumption that we’re all basically clones of each other. Cheerful clones. Mentally healthy clones. Good family clones. Conservative political clones. Happy at church clones. Like the same music clones. Clones who […]

Saturday Ramblings 2.12.11

So, have you finished all of your leftover Superb Owl snacks yet? Have you taken down your Superb Owl decorations? Had enough football? Had enough of us referring to the Big Game as the Superb Owl? Well, sports fans, here is some good news: Pitchers and catchers report in four days to Spring Training. You […]

One Voice

For your Friday evening listening pleasure… The Wailin’ Jennys, “One Voice”