August 17, 2018

Archives for July 2013

The Homily

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your […]

Saturday Ramblings 7.13.13

You need to read fast today, iMonks. Do not linger over your computer too long this morning. Why not? Well, because you only have four shopping days left until my birthday on Wednesday. I expect the trucks will start lining up by Monday to deliver all of my gifts. And if you are buying me […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Forgiveness of Sins

The following is an small excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  Michael Spencer’s thoughts on Mark Chapter 2 are edited by Scott Lencke. If you would like to be contacted when Michael Spencer’s book is available for purchase, drop us a note […]

Summer Sounds from CM: Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Bluegrass and acoustic music of all kinds is a big part of summer. There are many great classic bluegrass groups and artists, but I’ll focus on the current generation today. My wife knows all about it, so it’s safe for me to confess: I’ve been in love with Alison Krauss for years. And though I […]

Adam McHugh on the Aftermath of Ministry

Note from CM: A couple of years ago, I called Adam McHugh my “doppelganger.” Reading his stuff and corresponding with him, I felt a true kindred spirit. Recently, I discovered that he’s had some significant changes in his life, once more going through experiences to which I can easily relate. I encourage you to go […]

A Modern Bestiary, Part Two

Editor’s note: You can read Mule’s A Modern Bestiary, Part One here.  Stories of saints and animals have always moved me deeply. St. Seraphim and his bear was one of the first I learned about in an Orthodox context: Saint Seraphim began to go to a “far wilderness,” which was a desolate place in a forest 5 […]

Mayor of My Own City

“Conversatio’s objective was that each person become the self-constituting, good, holy, responsible person God intended him or her to be —to make their “city,” wherever it might be, work.” Paul Wilkes I took my time to read Augustine’s City of God. For part of my reading, I was surrounded by monks and priests on the […]

My Own Desert Places

They cannot scare me with their empty places Between stars — on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. – Robert Frost, “Desert Places” One temptation is to think the wilderness is without — a place, a geography, a […]

Street Corner Philosophy

Eloquent, yet accessible.

Enjoying an Abnormal Normal

When a friend calls to me from the road And slows his horse to a meaning walk, I don’t stand still and look around On all the hills I haven’t hoed, And shout from where I am, “What is it?” No, not as there is a time to talk. I thrust my hoe in the […]