November 24, 2017

Archives for November 2013

Saturday Ramblings 11.30.13

As you emerge from your tryptophan-induced coma, I have some startling news for you. Eating turkey doesn’t make you sleepy. Really. So get your butt off the couch and get washing those dishes already. There. I feel I’ve done my duty to our nation as a whole. Now, pass me another piece of pie and […]

You Can Sleep In If You Want

We here at InternetMonk like to think we are an indispensable part of your life, and this morning, we are going to prove it by providing you with all the reason you need to skip the madness of early-morning shoppers and allow you to stay in your pajamas inside your warm house. It is the […]

Words about Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day (U.S.), 2013 Thomas Merton To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. […]

My “December” Playlist

On Sunday, Advent begins. My annual habit has been to listen to only Advent and Christmas music from the beginning of Advent to the end of Christmastide. This year, I am adding at least one playlist that consists of seasonal music about the coming of winter in our hemisphere and in our hearts. I have […]

The Pastor: Preparing to Preach through Attention and Imagination

Today, a rich quote from Gordon W. Lathrop on preparing to preach. This is not so much about the “nuts and bolts” of preparing a manuscript but rather about how preaching grows out of the pastor’s life, prepared through paying attention and engaging his or her imagination. I want a pastor like this. I want […]

Guilty Pleasure Bible

So when my friend texted me and invited me to go to Gardner’s Used Books on Saturday afternoon, who was I to refuse? Especially because he also offered to buy me a drink at Sonic. As I looked through the selection of books in the religion section at Gardner’s, I came upon a very well-kept […]

Let’s Discuss: A Taxing Question

UPDATE 2: Here is a good overview and guide to the clergy housing allowance. UPDATE: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that this judgment is against the Constitution. “We have seen many courts over the years attempt to banish God in various ways from the public square, but this case in particular reveals a […]

The Homily

“Oh, how I love your law. I meditate on it all day long.”— Psalm 119:97 “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”—Galatians 3:24 These days, the “Law” is almost a dirty word among Christians, particularly those who’ve been around for a while and […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.23.13

Welcome to our pre-Thanksgiving edition of Saturday Ramblings. Oh, big doings are afoot here at the iMonastery. Adam Palmer is in charge of the turkey this year, even though in the past he’s been caught trying to glue a bucket of KFC together to form one large bird. Chaplain Mike is making the gravy—which was […]

Anatomy Of A Conspiracy

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (It is also, ironically enough, the 50th anniversary of the deaths of C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley.) Anytime someone is murdered there are many questions to be answered; when it is one of the most powerful men in the world who has […]