July 22, 2018

Archives for September 2011

The LG’s discuss CE

It has been awhile since we have heard from our “Liturgical Gangstas.” Three of them are back today to discuss the education of young people in their traditions. Here’s today’s question: Describe your church and denominational approach to Christian education of children and youth? Has this changed significantly over the course of your ministry? In […]

Hooray for Shaun King!

Last night I read that Shaun King resigned on September 1 as pastor of Courageous Church in Atlanta, GA. Here’s what he said to the congregation: After much prayer and many discussions with my family, friends, and mentors, I have decided that it is time for me to transition out of my role as Lead […]

This Goes too Far

Last week I put up an excerpt from Pat Robertson’s controversial video in which he said he would advise a husband to divorce his wife with Alzheimer’s disease. You will note that I did not pass direct judgment on his comments, but merely described them as “strange” and “surprising.” I encouraged us not to pile […]

Crossing Borders

Last week, our local Borders bookstore closed, as they are doing everywhere across the country. On my final visit, I was able to pick up eight or nine books for $1.00 each. On any other day, that would have been a cause for celebration. On this day, I had a sick feeling in my stomach. […]

A Simple Pattern of Spiritual Formation

I’ve been reading Skye Jethani’s excellent new book, With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. I hope to comment on it more this week, including a full review. For now, as a Sunday afternoon meditation, I offer this excerpt in which Jethani sets forth a cycle that describes the way many of us experience […]

God’s Mercy and Our Lack Thereof (Trinity 13)

In Bach’s day, the readings for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity included Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. The cantata he wrote for that day in his third cycle of cantatas (Aug, 1725), uses a powerful text on the Gospel written by Salomo Franck. It powerfully contrasts God’s mercy and our lack thereof in caring […]

iMonk Classic: On Re-Baptism

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Sept, 2008 Note from CM: A reader wrote me this week and asked about whether she should be re-baptized. After being baptized as an infant, she grew up in a nominal Catholic home, came “back to God” (her words) as an adult, and now the church she […]

Saturday Ramblings 9.17.11

As it does most weeks, Saturday has once more arrived here at the iMonastery. We work very hard all week long. So hard, in fact, that we need one day just to sweep up. The broom gathers stories we just didn’t have time to comment on throughout the rest of the week, and before we […]

Fantasy Friday Night Dinner Party

It is an old way to talk about the people and topics we find most interesting… You are having a dinner party for four, including yourself. If you could invite anyone else in the world, living today, who would you ask to join you at the table? Why would you ask those particular people? What […]

Wild Things I Cannot Control

I was reading through some old files the other day, and I came across a NYT column by David Brooks about the film, “Where the Wild Things Are.” I remember enjoying the film; his commentary on it prompted my thinking and imagination even more. For Brooks, the movie shines light on the matter of personal […]