November 24, 2017

Archives for December 2011

iMonk Classic: The Question Is God, the Answer is Jesus

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 2009 “Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry.” – Martin Luther • • • It’s been a very interesting day. I can’t tell you much about it, but I can tell you something. When a discussion starts about […]

Saturday Ramblings 12-31-11

One more day. One more day in a year that has been, well, shall we say, interesting? We are celebrating the last day of 2011 here at the iMonastery with a day-long party. The ladies all brought spice cake, and the guys put forth mulled wine. Then we all looked at that and said, “What […]

On the Post-Evangelical Path

Out of the wilderness; onto a path — this is a summary of my spiritual/theological experience in 2011. As Antonio Machado wrote, “The way is made by walking,” and I guess I’ve just kept walking through the wilderness long enough that eventually a path appeared. That path remains before me, its direction and character unknown. […]

I Simply Remember My Favorite Things (2011)

Today, we feature another end of the year retrospective. In this one I list some of my favorite posts from 2011, the ones I enjoyed writing and discussing most. In the process, I’m able to touch on other “favorites” during the year — books, movies, etc. Again, much thanks is due you, our iMonk audience, […]

Looking Forward, Looking Back

My, my. Another year come and gone. Who won the World Series? Not my Reds? Then who cares? 2011 was the most trying year of my life. And the most incredible. It’s one thing to say that one knows the Lord is always faithful. It’s another to rediscover it anew every day. And as I […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Okay, I’m late with this, but on the other hand, as I’m sitting here gorged on turkey and ham and Brussels sprouts and carrots and parsnips and roast potatoes and bread sauce and gravy and mince pies and prosecco and sherry trifle and Butlers’ chocolates collection and shortbread and Bailey’s Irish Cream, you’re lucky to […]

The Most Discussed Posts on IM in 2011

I have said it before and will keep on saying it because I’ve learned I can count on our faithful IM community: YOU make Internet Monk the great conversation that it has become. We had 17 posts that generated over 200 comments each this year. Of course, not every post gets that much discussion. Some […]

Frederick Buechner: “Christmas Itself Is by Grace”

Some writers take my breath away. Whenever I read Frederick Buechner, I can’t stop gasping for air. Buechner is simply one of our best American authors. You can see his biography HERE, at the Buechner Institute’s website. Born in 1926, young Frederick experienced a tragic and profoundly formative event when his father committed suicide. After […]

David Lose on “The Absurdity of Christmas”

David Lose holds The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching. David led the creative team that developed Working Preacher, one of my favorite resources on the Internet. There he writes a weekly column on the upcoming lectionary texts. He […]

Missing Church

I confess: we missed going to church yesterday on Christmas. Despite my strong opinions that churches should have services on Christmas whether it falls on Sunday or not, and that when it is on a Sunday churches should not cancel services, we didn’t make it yesterday. We had the best intentions and planned to go […]