October 19, 2017

Archives for June 2013

Pastor Piper Scares the Kids

UPDATE: In order to assist my “impulse control,” I will be going on a fast for the foreseen future. I will not presume to pick apart the popular Pastor Piper’s pronouncements any longer. Whate’er rants there be They will not be directed at he. * * * I’m sorry, this may represent my poor impulse […]

Pastoral Suffering

Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. – 2 Corinthians 11:28 NASB * * * When I read about the Apostle Paul’s sufferings, I find it hard to relate. 2 Corinthians 11 is Paul’s resumé of his sufferings in the service of Christ. There, he writes about being imprisoned and […]

The Wages Of Art

Almost as soon as you open your computer you sense that something is wrong.  It takes too long to load your background screen, or there is a lot of unexpected disk activity causing your hard drive to sound like a pack of dwarves in their mine, or when you open your browser there is some […]

How I Teach My Children About Jesus

I first met Laree Lindburg at a writers’ conference six or seven years ago. We have been good friends, and even business partners, ever since. Laree, her husband, and their three boys live in a flyover state in the heartland. I asked her to share how she teaches her boys about Jesus. Welcome Laree to […]

Always the Road

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth… – Hebrews 11:13 NRSV * * * All my life I’ve thought one day this wandering will be past. The place I seek will […]

iMonk Classic: Worshiping the Missional God

From a classic post by Michael Spencer — June 2007 I’ve been thinking about how much we can know about God. In particular, how does a deeply missional God work the knowledge of himself into a life like mine? …I’m looking at Abraham, and I’m wondering what he knew about God and how that knowledge […]

The Homily

When Isaac grew old, his eyes were so bad he could see only shadows. He called his eldest son, Esau, to his side. Isaac: My son. Esau: I’m here. Isaac: 2 You see that I am growing old now. I may die any day. 3 Take your hunting weaponry—your quiver and your bow—and go out to the field and hunt game for me. 4 Then prepare […]

Saturday Ramblings 6.8.13

With the revelation this week that the NSA (No Such Agency) is spying on Americans by looking at their internet wanderings, I’m curious what our spymasters think of Internet Monk? Are there any who moonlight as commenters? Are they researching who this Mule Chewing Briars dude is? And what do they make of the Synonymous […]

Christian Traditions 101: The Seven Cardinal Virtues, continued

In my last post I talked about the human virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.  I pointed out that these are considered human virtues because all decent people recognize them as good things and in some way educate their children and design their laws to encourage them.  We can’t stop there, though.  We have […]

Christian Traditions 101: The Seven Cardinal Virtues

Quick – name the Seven Cardinal Virtues.  Can’t do it, can you? It’s funny (or maybe not) that many of us can name the Seven Deadly Sins but have no clue what the Seven Cardinal Virtues are.  It seems sins are still objective, nameable things, especially the deadly ones; post-modern people can still find some […]