November 20, 2017

Archives for August 2013

Saturday Ramblings 9.1.13

Football fever is in the air, iMonks. Either that, or my neighbor is burning his trash again. But I think it is football fever. It started Thursday night when my Tulsa Golden Hurricane (singular; one hurricane is enough) lost to some team from Ohio. But we have a long way to go, right? College football […]

ESV Omega Thinline Bible Review

I have finally come to grips with people using their iPads and iPhones for reading the Bible. No longer do I frown at people who use such technology in church. Just the other morning yours truly wanted to read something in the book of Jeremiah, but I didn’t want to get out of bed and […]

Today’s Mea Culpa

There I was, sitting at his bedside. This was a different kind of patient than those I normally see. He has been homeless. He has been in prison, convicted of a crime that disturbs me, one for which I can find little sympathy in my heart. I don’t know any details about his law-breaking, and […]

Losing The War Part III—Love In The Ruins

Note from CM: I think our discussion has outgrown its usefulness on this post. Comments are closed. * * * I believe in God and the whole business but I love women best, music and science next, whiskey next, God fourth,  and my fellowman hardly at all. Generally I do as I please.  A man, […]

I Wanna Hold Your Hand: Being Physical In A Sexual World

There’s a lot of talk about sexuality these days.  Whether it’s about sex outside of marriage, LBGT issues, pederast priests, celibacy as a lifestyle, or gender change – everyone has an opinion, and most opinions are heated.  Let’s take a step back from sexuality and consider instead physicality. We as a society are far too […]

Chris Smith: A Joyful and Vibrant Life: Cultivating Community as Slow Churches

Note from CM: My friend C. Christopher Smith is editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and author of several books, including the forthcoming Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, (co-authored with John Pattison, IVP/Praxis, Spring 2014). You can, and are encouraged to connect with the conversation about Slow Church on Chris […]

The Homily

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, NIV) Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love (Revelation 2:4, NKJV). I hope you will allow me some leeway in today’s homily. I want […]

Saturday Ramblings 8.24.13

It has been a rather slow week here at the iMonastery. Chaplain Mike and Mule Chewing Briars baked cookies. The women spent their time complaining practicing for the iMonk flag football team. Me? I kept busy sewing uniforms and cleaning cookie sheets. An abbot’s work is never finished. Now it’s time to relax with a […]

Reconsider Jesus – What was Jesus Like?

On Fridays we are taking a journey with Michael Spencer through the Gospel of Mark. We have found many of his writings and sermons on Mark and are editing and compiling them into a book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. The following is a blog post written […]

Summer Sounds from CM: The List

The List by Roseanne Cash, 2009 When Roseanne Cash was a teenager, she was on tour with her father, Johnny Cash. One day as they were talking about songs, he realized that she did not know some of the songs that he considered essential for any singer-songwriter to know. So, he gave her a list […]