October 23, 2017

Archives for September 2012

Psunday Psalms: Morning and Evening

Psunday Psalms Devotional Thoughts on the Psalms * * * Each morning you listen     to my prayer, as I bring my requests to you     and wait for your reply. (Psalm 5:3, CEB) I can lie down     and sleep soundly     because you, Lord,     will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8, CEB) * * * The first pieces in the […]

iMonk Classic: How I Interpret the Bible

Note from CM: This is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s essay, “A Conversation in God’s Kitchen.” Folks, don’t rush through this one. Ponder it. Print it off and carry a copy of it in your Bible to remind you what the Book is all about and what you should be looking for as you read […]

Saturday Ramblings 9.15.12

Good Saturday morning, fellow iMonks. Welcome to the Slim Pickens edition of Saturday Ramblings. No, we are not going to go bronco on an H-bomb. There just hasn’t been that much news to report this week. But we do have birthdays to celebrate, and a bonus video to watch, so we’ll have to fill in […]

Scripture Redeems Itself

One of the most provocative and helpful books I have found on the nature of the Bible and how Christians may receive it and read it is Kenton L. Sparks’ book, Sacred Word, Broken Word. I will have some future posts that reflect on his proposals, but today I want to share one wonderful passage […]

Bible Reading Ideas

This morning I asked you if you read the Bible on a regular basis. Your comments have been honest, frank and refreshing. They have also, to own the truth, been a bit discouraging. I believe reading Scripture is valuable as we walk darkly in this world. Perhaps it is a dark walk because our eyes […]

The Bible Tells Me So

On a hot Saturday afternoon in August, 1973, I attended an outdoor music festival at a Baptist church in Centerville, Ohio. My experience was similar to one C.S. Lewis commented on. When I went there, I wasn’t a Christian. When I went home, I was. My life was changed forever that day. I had begun […]

Just above the Horizon (with Bubblegum)

Another moment I have always remembered was walking out on deck one night after supper and finding a young red-haired officer peering into the dark through binoculars. He told me he was scanning the horizon for signs of other ships, and the way to do that, he explained, was to look not at the horizon […]

Overcoming God’s Reluctance?

Last Sunday’s Gospel, Mark 7:24-37, has to contain one of the most puzzling set of stories we have about Jesus. The first tale in particular, the account of Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophoenician woman in the region of Tyre, is a doozy. Jesus left that place and went into the region of Tyre. He didn’t want […]

Wilderness Update: The Next Step in the Journey

On Monday, I will begin the next leg of my journey into ordained ministry in the Lutheran Church (ELCA). Having been accepted into the process (“Entranced,” in ELCA lingo) based on various interviews and documents submitted, tests taken, and background checks completed, I will now find out my recommended course through a Theological Review Panel […]

Psunday Psalms: Psalm 3

Psunday Psalms Devotional Thoughts on the Psalms * * * Deliverance is the Lord’s; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah. (Ps. 3:9) * * * In some respects, we can think of Psalm 3 as the “first” psalm. Understanding that Psalms 2-12 serve to introduce the book, Psalm 3 is where the narrative begins. What […]