October 20, 2017

Archives for September 2012

Psunday Psalms: God, with Whom We Wrestle and Prevail

Psunday Psalms Devotional Thoughts on the Psalms * * * O Lord, do not punish me in anger, do not chastise me in fury. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I languish; heal me, O Lord, for my bones shake with terror. My whole being is stricken with terror, while you, Lord — O […]

iMonk Classic: To Know We’re Not Alone

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept. 2004 It was 1973, a year before my high school graduation. I was sixteen, a young preacher-boy at a revival meeting at a church in our community. I remember the tiny church being packed, but I don’t remember anything about the service, or the sermon or the preacher. […]

Saturday Ramblings 9.22.12

Greetings, fellow iMonks. I’m getting up off of my sick bed to see what a mess has been made while I was gone. But it’s not too bad. You all pick up rather nicely after yourselves. And I see the substitute teacher (aka Synonymous Rambler) actually made you do some classwork. Impressive. And you all […]

Thom Rainer on Megachurch Trends

The churches in the U.S. that get the most public attention are the megachurches. Dr. Thom Rainer, the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources (SBC), is a leader in a denomination that has always put the spotlight on large and growing congregations. In a recent article, Rainer listed seven trends he sees in megachurches […]

Some Things That Caught My Attention

Your iMonk prior, Fr. Dunn, is down for the count with the flu. Or at least a very bad cold. I’ve always suspected him of having Witzelsucht, but maybe he comes by his weird humor naturally. In any case, I am here as your substitute scribe for the day. Who am I? I go by […]

Game of Errors

And yet another story about why I love baseball so much… Jeff Passan and Kevin Kaduk at Yahoo Sports report: Sometime this weekend, an unlucky soul will commit the 500,000th error in baseball history. It has taken the sport 136 years to accumulate enough bobbles, bungles, kicks, trips, flips, flops, flings and altogether awful things to […]

Counting the Commandments

Those of you who have experience in various Christian traditions may have observed that there are different ways of numbering the “Ten Commandments.” This is not a mere academic issue of interpretation. It can be shown that the different schemes can lead to some significant ways of understanding and living out the faith. In my […]

God Hidden in a Wondrous Web

All our work in the field, in the garden, in the city, in the home, in struggle, in government — to what does it all amount before God except child’s play, by means of which God is pleased to give his gifts in the field, at home, and everywhere? These are the masks of our […]

Monday Morning Thoughts

Beloved, let us love. Lord, what is love? Love is that which inspired My life, and led Me to My cross, and held Me on My cross. Love is that which will make it thy joy to lay down thy life for thy brethren. Lord, evermore give me this love. – Amy Carmichael, If * […]

Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers

In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther wrote Morning and Evening Prayers for families to say each day. I find them attractive in their simplicity and devotion. Perhaps you will find them useful in your own conversational relationship with God and in your family. * * * Morning Prayer In the morning, when you rise, you shall […]