July 19, 2018

Archives for March 2011

Saturday Ramblings 3.26.11

Greetings from the desert edition of Saturday Ramblings. Your rambler is in the Phoenix area taking in some Spring Training baseball and In N Out burgers. Yes, life can get better than this, but not without involving legal action. I brought my allergies with me to the desert and was hoping to leave them here, […]

Friday with the Fathers (3)

By Chaplain Mike Thus far in our Lenten series on the Apostolic Fathers, we have discussed Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch. Today we consider the last of the three chief Apostolic Fathers: Polycarp of Smyrna. Polycarp and Ignatius knew one another, and Ignatius wrote one of his letters to Bishop Polycarp as he […]

IM Book Review: Introverts in the Church

By Chaplain Mike I think I may have found my doppelganger. There were times as I was reading through Adam McHugh’s wise and helpful book, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture, when I thought he was reading my mind, representing my exact thoughts in the very words by which I […]

Does Jesus Really Mean It?

Confession time: I pray a lot, but I don’t often believe that God will hear and answer my prayers. And for me, that creates quite a bit of tension. On the one hand, I believe that I should pray and pray frequently. We are told to pray unceasingly. We are to pray for those in […]


“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”  (G.K. Chesterton) “Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented […]

Single? Need Not Apply

By Chaplain Mike Alert reader Jason notified us about an interesting article that discusses a topic most evangelical churches don’t publicly acknowledge or talk about: discrimination against single pastors. Writing in the New York Times, Erik Eckholm begins his story with an example: “Like all too many Americans, Mark Almlie was laid off in the […]

Beggar of Bread

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” —Nikolai Berdyaev Recently, a friend visited our family one evening and stayed a long time. I baked cookies during his visit and felt triumphant over that considering I’d been sick for one week and had not bought groceries in nearly […]

Lent: “From that Point On” — A Difficult Journey

By Chaplain Mike We are well on our way into the Lenten season. It may be a good time for a refresher on the relationship of this season to the Gospel story. In our January 7, 2011 post, “Epiphany and the Days to Come,” we pointed out that the Epiphany season is representative of the […]

Lenten Notes

By Chaplain Mike Here are a few notes from around the web about what God is teaching some folks during this Lenten season. Click on the title of each blurb to go to the full article. Margaret Feinberg is giving up prayer for Lent… “As I’ve reflected, I’ve decided to give up prayer for Lent. […]

iMonk Classic: Is There Mental Illness in the Bible?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Nov 25, 2005 Note from CM: As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Bible and depression, we present this classic Michael Spencer post on examples of mental illness in Scripture. Is there mental illness in the Bible? This question seeks to move us toward the question of mental […]