December 15, 2017

Archives for August 2013

Life and Death in the Promised Land

I was leaving without a qualm without a single backward glance. The face of the South that I had known was hostile and forbidding, and yet out of all the conflicts and the curses… the tension and the terror, I had somehow gotten the idea that life could be different… I was now running more […]

The Homily

In the same way one shepherd seeks after, cares for, and watches over his scattered flock, so will I be the guardian of My sheep. I will be their Rescuer! No matter where they have scattered, I will go to find them. I will bring them back from the places where they were scattered on that dark and […]

Saturday Ramblings 8.10.13

Hot enough for you, iMonks? I’m thinking football. Why football in August? Two reasons. It’s hot here in Tulsa, and football means cooler weather. Well, ok, not until halfway through the season, but still. The other reason? My Cincinnati Reds are in the fast lane cruising toward Sucksville, so it is about time for me […]

Reconsider Jesus – An Ode to Michael Spencer

For the past number of Fridays we have been presenting excerpts from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week, one of our editors of the project, Scott Lenke, introduces himself, and tells us what drew him to Michael Spencer and this project.  Scott […]

Another Look: Some Thoughts on “Community”

This post was first published in August, 2010. Today, I heard an interesting interview on the NPR program, Fresh Air with Todd S. Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, who has written a piece in the latest edition called, “Washington: We Have a Problem”. For this article, Purdum spent a day at the White House with the president […]

The Big Rip

One of the only benefits of having a one hour, one-way commute is that I get to download a lot of stuff off the Internet and listen to it during the drive.  It is a great way to catch up on your “reading,” if you loosen your definition of reading enough.  Of course, I listen […]

My Early, Influential Albums

Today, I will share with you some of the formative music that shaped my life. To start, let me place myself: I was born in 1956, so that means I missed the fifties and didn’t become a teenager until the end of the sixties. Elvis was not my idol as a young boy, and though […]

Negotiating the Mess

This is a report from the front lines. The battle. The church. The mess. On the one hand, I have had a wonderful summer filling in during my pastor’s sabbatical. Sundays, in particular, have been refreshing, as I have led worship, preached, distributed the Sacrament, and shared small talk with the saints around coffee and […]

Who We Are

I have received several emails from various people lately saying how much the  “old” InternetMonk is missed. How we have strayed away from the original intent of our founder, Michael Spencer. I need to say right up front that these emailers are correct. Today’s InternetMonk is not the same as yesterday’s InternetMonk. When Michael began […]

The Homily

“Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (Exodus 14:12, NIV) “The unclean spirit, which has possessed a man and then goes out of him, walks about the desert looking for […]