December 17, 2017

Archives for September 2011

September 12, 2011

NOTE from CM: I was scheduled to fly to Kyrgyzstan in central Asia a week after September 11, 2001, to visit our friends and missionaries, Andy and Damaris Zehner. Because of flight restrictions imposed after the attacks, I had to wait until mid-October. When I arrived and traveled around Naryn and nearby villages with them, […]

Beautiful Music at Ground Zero

By Chaplain Mike At historic Trinity Church in Manhattan, daily prayers for peace have been offered since the days following 9/11. This week, to mark the tenth anniversary, they will turn to the music of J.S. Bach to provide comfort for those commemorating the sad events of that day. The New York Times story reporting […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (11): A Song of Peace

By Chaplain Mike As we look forward to our week of remembering 9/11, I offer the following hymn of peace for your meditation today. This words of the first two stanzas to this hymn, which is sung to the melody of Finlandia, were written by Lloyd Stone in the years between World War I and […]

Open Mic: No Prayers at the 9/11 Memorial Observance

By Chaplain Mike Have you read reports about the controversy concerning the ceremony of remembrance at the Sept. 11 Memorial dedication next week? No Christian clergy or leaders of other faiths will participate and no formal prayers will be offered. Some in the church and in our culture think that is wrong. Others agree with […]

Saturday Ramblings 9.3.11

Welcome to the kickoff edition of Saturday Ramblings. My Tulsa Golden Hurricane take on my Oklahoma Sooners tonight. Wait a minute. Who am I going to root for? They are both “my teams.” Oh what a quandary. What a dilemma. I have my masters from OU. I have, um, nothing, from TU, but they have […]

That Great 70’s Sound Lives!

By Chaplain Mike Some of my favorite music of all time came out of the “Laurel Canyon” folk-rock movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with artists like Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Here’s one of my NEW favorite bands that hearkens back to that sound. This […]

iMonk Classic: A Theology of Everything

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Dec, 2004 This is an excerpt from a post Michael wrote in December, 2004. I think it may provide good food for contemplation and discussion at the start of this Labor Day weekend. • • • I have what I call a “Theology of Everything.” I don’t […]

The Order of Christian Worship

By Chaplain Mike And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to […]

Relishing Relics

A short post about bones, or, Bring Me the Head of John the Baptist. To borrow a quote from Chesterton contrasting the suicide and the martyr, and the attitude of Christianity to both,  The Christian feeling was furiously for one and furiously against the other: these two things that looked so much alike were at […]