December 15, 2017

Archives for July 2011

“A Meeting” (Wendell Berry)

A Meeting In a dream I meet my dead friend. He has, I know, gone long and far, and yet he is the same for the dead are changeless. They grow no older. It is I who have changed, grown strange to what I was. Yet I, the changed one, ask: “How you been?” He […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: The Grieving Process

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Question In your experience with hospice care, what is your approach to grief of those surviving the loss of a loved one? Do you think Christians tend to sugar-coat, suppress, neglect, or even ridicule the grieving process? After all, the loved one is in heaven/a better place; why should anyone be […]

Around the Web with Friends

By Chaplain Mike It is time to give some of our friends that we list in our Links and on our Blogroll some love. Many people are doing excellent writing and dealing with important subjects. I want to recommend a few today. Links are denoted by any red text. The Christian Monist You will appreciate […]

Reaching the Rough and Tumble of Society: An Historical Example

By Chaplain Mike OK, so you have a heart to reach men for Christ—working class men, work with your hands and bring home the bacon kind of men, hard working and sometimes hard living “men’s” men, men who are not afraid to break a sweat and get dirty. These are not the kind of men […]

Driscoll, Masculinity, and the Missional Church

By Chaplain Mike Mark Driscoll. It would be easy to pile on right now. You know… The guy is full of himself. The guy’s language is crude and offensive. The guy can’t control his tongue. The guy is a bully. The guy is a misogynist. The guy is a homophobe. The guy is a loose […]

A Faith that Surpasses Abraham

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (5) In Ruth 1:1-5, we are introduced to a family that became beset by severe trials. Forced to leave their home and journey to a neighboring country during a famine, the patriarch of the family then died. Subsequently the two sons, who had […]

Do We Really Want God to Intervene?

photo © 2006 Jenny Bauman | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike In today’s worship, we heard the Gospel parable from Matthew 13 about the wheat and the weeds. Jesus told them another parable: The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (4): A Favorite Spiritual

photo © 2011 Steve Snodgrass | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike We have talked a bit about discouragement this week. For some of us, music that points to Jesus and the Gospel can bring us refreshment. Among the great historical examples of this are the spirituals that grew out of the unjust and tragic […]

iMonk Classic: The Conversion of the Evangelical Imagination

photo © 2008 Joya Wu | more info (via: Wylio)Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer December 9, 2005 NOTE from CM: With the release of the final Harry Potter film, I thought this little meditation from Michael Spencer would be appropriate today. Father Andrew Greeley may be writing with a wink when he wonders if […]

Saturday Ramblings 7.16.11

Oh my. Talk about a mess. The sink got backed up last week, so we weren’t able to do any of the dishes. And the leftovers in the fridge are about to turn. I think if you pick some of that green off of the bread it will still be good. Help us out here, […]