December 18, 2017

Archives for June 2013

Saturday Ramblings 6.22.13

Buckle your seat belts, iMonks. Today’s Ramblings will be fast and curious, with lots of twisty roads and some unseen bumps to navigate. Please don’t throw your trash out the window, and don’t eat in my car. I don’t like French fry wrappers shoved under the seat. If you all behave, maybe I’ll stop at […]

Why Mark?

While doing some Internet searches about a year and a half ago I realized that Michael Spencer had left us a treasure trove of material that he had compiled on the gospel of Mark. There were many written Bible studies and blog posts that he posted online on the topic of Mark, some dating back […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Album of the Year (so far)

Still Fighting the War by Slaid Cleaves This is my town Out in the rust belt fields We were bangin’ out Buicks and Oldsmobiles There was always a job And the money was there Some say we got a little lazy Nobody seemed to care But they figured it out And sent the elbow grease […]

Individuality And Personhood

A friend of mine, a cinephile, a lover of the cinema in the very best sense of that phrase, commented to me once about what he saw as a difference between the films of the 40s and the 50s and those made ‘Oh, after about 1978’. The characters in the earlier films had neuroses, whereas […]

Demons Under The Bed

You may have read something in your local or national newspaper about “Pope Francis performs an exorcism”.  Even the more sober types over at “First Things” have got in on the act. “On Pentecost Sunday all hell broke loose in Rome. Following Mass that day, the unpredictable Pope Francis laid hands on a demon-possessed man […]

Eugene Peterson: “Nothing disembodied, nothing impersonal, nothing in general”

Theology is about God, and God is Spirit — so why the adjective [“spiritual” theology]? Maybe because we have accumulated a lot of experience in the Christian community of persons treating theology as a subject in which God is studied in the ways we are taught to study in our schools—acquiring information that we can […]

Pastoral Joy

So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. …For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not […]

The Homily

 He was despised and rejected by others;     a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces     he was despised, and we held him of no account. (Isaiah 53:3, NRSV) Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be […]

Saturday Ramblings 6.15.13

Hot enough for you, iMonks? Summer arrived here at the iMonastery this week. Mule Chewing Briars, being the new boy here, had to bum some sun screen from Chaplain Mike, while Adam Palmer protected his delicate skin by borrowing Martha’s umbrella. First Lady Denise just shook her head at all of the silliness. Me? I […]

Mingling With Monks

A couple of decades ago I read The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton by Michael Mott. You may be familiar with this biography of a rascally and brilliant monk who spent his days at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky. That literary experience sparked a desire in this non-Catholic girl’s heart to visit a monastery. […]