October 19, 2017

Archives for April 2011

Luther’s Easter Hymn

“Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands” (Christ lag in Todesbanden) Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands, For our offenses given; But now at God’s right hand He stands And brings us life from heaven; Therefore let us joyful be And sing to God right thankfully Loud songs of hallelujah! Hallelujah! No son of […]

“He Descended into Hell”

By Chaplain Mike He descended into hell. • The Apostles’ Creed Today, we present several readings related to this most controversial article of the Apostles’ Creed, which expresses words appropriate for this Holy Saturday. I encourage you to contemplate these perspectives and discuss your understanding of this article of the faith from your own tradition […]

Saturday Ramblings 4.23.11

Your Rambler is back after a two-week hiatus. Did you miss me? What do you mean you didn’t even know I was gone? Is that any way to treat your intrepid reporter? In case you’ve forgotten, Saturday Ramblings is our chance to do a little light housekeeping around the iMonastery. Well, after two weeks off, […]

Thirty Days and Counting…

By Chaplain Mike “We learn from the Bible that Holy God plans to rescue about 200 million people (that is about 3% of today’s population). On the first day of the Day of Judgment (May 21, 2011) they will be caught up (raptured) into Heaven because God had great mercy for them. This is why […]

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb

Scripture Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, […]

The Death Of Jesus

I grew up in the faith in an American Baptist Church in southwest Ohio. It was, like many such churches, staunchly anti-Catholic. One thing our pastor was always hammering Catholics over was the crucifix. “Why do they have a crucifix on their walls?” he would ask. “Jesus is no longer on the cross. That’s why […]

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus’ Body is Removed From the Cross

Scripture “Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of […]

Demythologizing “Radical” Christianity (2)

By Chaplain Mike I remember meeting with a friend over lunch one day. We had been in Bible college together. I had gone on into the ministry in a small church in the Vermont mountains. He never was able to find his way into “full-time ministry.” And he felt terrible about it. One of the […]

The Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies On The Cross

Scripture From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Some bystanders who heard him said, “He’s calling for Elijah.” One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in […]

Demythologizing “Radical” Christianity (1)

By Chaplain Mike As genuine Christianity diminishes, the adjectives we require in our attempt prop it up get more and more outlandish. One such example is the word, “radical.” It’s not enough to be a Christian, one must identify as a “radical” Christian to show that one is really, really serious about Jesus and “the […]