July 21, 2018

Archives for October 2012

Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays: “The Visible, Tangible Prop”

Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays Sunday, October 21, 2012 “The Visible, Tangible Prop,” from Luther: Man Between God and the Devil, by Heiko Oberman * * * Trust in the alien Word determined the way Luther experienced, interpreted, and defended the sacraments of baptism and holy communion. The Devil, that master of subjectivity, lurks in the […]

A Few Random Thoughts I’ve Had and Heard Lately

from Nadia Bolz-Weber: “…we heard UCC pastor Lillian Daniel say that she doesn’t go to church to have her needs met. She goes to church to have her needs changed. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will never meet your needs, but brothers and sisters watch out. Because it WILL change your needs. And that is […]

Saturday Ramblings 10.20.12

Greetings from the infirmary here at the iMonastery. Your Rambler has the crud once again. Allergies? Raging cold? Cooties? Who knows? I just know my nose is running more than a Kenyan preparing for the Olympics. My head feels like a brick smashed into it. Or at least like a brick itself. John Michael Talbot, who […]

Peter Enns on Reasons to Not Give Up on Fundamentalists

Yesterday, Pete Enns ran a great post about why he (and blogs like IM) should remain engaged in loving conversation with those in more fundamentalist traditions of the faith who disagree with us. Here are the nine reasons he listed: 1. Fundamentalists are human beings and therefore are of infinite worth. 2. Fundamentalists are my brothers and […]

Guest Post: WTH on “There Is neither Art nor Pop, neither Indie or Mainstream…”

Note from CM: Long-time friend of IM and fellow at Michael’s Boar’s Head Tavern, Wenatchee the Hatchet is a classical guitarist and composer who blogs HERE. He is always thoughtful and thorough in what he writes, so I am delighted that he could contribute a post to our “Church Music Month.” * * * There […]

Musical Stories

I became a Christian in 1973 in Centerville, Ohio. In case history is not your strong suit, this was the height of the Jesus People movement. And it was also one of the most tumultuous times our nation has ever experienced. Some wondered if we would make it another three years to our bicentennial. The […]

Congregational Singing as Liturgical Renewal: Wesley’s Revival of the Lord’s Supper

We are looking this month at the topic of church music. Colleen Reiss Vermeulen lives in South Bend, Indiana where she joyfully sings many Wesleyan hymns at St. Matthew Co-Cathedral Parish, and is working on two (Two? Yes, two.) Masters degrees at the University of Notre Dame, but took time from her busy schedule to share this […]

The Church Can’t Hide Its Sexual Brokenness

UPDATE: D’Souza has resigned. The conservative evangelical churches in the United States have a serious problem. While continually expressing opinions in public that come across as moral policing of our decadent culture, Christian groups and leaders also keep being beset by their own sexual sins and public scandals. Two cases in point in the news […]

IM Interview: Eric Wyse (part 2)

Today, we continue with part 2 of our interview with Eric Wyse about church music and his vocation within this realm. * * * CM: What are some of the other music projects that you have participated in that have helped you grow as a Christian and a musician and that have given you some […]

A Rose by Any Other Name…

Reported today at CNN’s Belief Blog: Billy Graham’s group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor * * * (CNN) – Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at […]