July 21, 2018

Archives for November 2013

A Brief Lesson for Speakers

150 years ago this week, Abraham Lincoln gave “dedicatory remarks” at Gettysburg, Pennysylvania to consecrate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered perhaps the most important speech in U.S. history, the president’s remarks contained — 272 words, 10 sentences, and lasted less than 3 minutes. Earlier, Edward Everett had offered […]

The Pastor: Prepared by the Lord’s Prayer

 Let the pastors of the assemblies know this priesthood of the assembly on behalf of the world. Let them know with sympathy and love how they are not distinguished here from the rest of humanity, but are rather a voice of need and prayer. Let them thus know where they actually are and what time […]

“I remember it as dark”

Today, as part of my hospice duties, I will be with a family whose ten-month old child died. I will have to come up with some words for the parents, the other children, the extended family and friends, and members of our care team. Mostly I will go to be with them, to mourn with […]

David Cornwell: I Love to Tell the Story

Note from CM: I’m thrilled to have our regular commenter and resident sage David Cornwell contributing today. Dave, with his experience, insight, and encouraging manner, adds depth to our discussions on a regular basis. He also takes amazing photographs, samples of which you can see here. Enjoy more at his Flickr page. * * * […]

Of Swords And Plowshares

I am old. Not so much old-fashioned as just old. So when I say I am seeing things now I didn’t see growing up, there is a lot of water that has passed under the bridge of time. I’m not talking about the horseless carriage (I’m not that old), nor even the cell phone (but […]

Adam McHugh: Thank You and Goodnight – My Farewell to Hospice

Note from CM: What a privilege to have Adam McHugh writing monthly for us here at IM. When I first read today’s article, I told Adam that I would be filing it away for the day when I too take the step he describes here. I’m not sure anyone could say it any better. * […]

Allen Krell: “No simple theological vocabulary has answers to the complexities of my own situation”

Note from CM: Today we feature two updates by good friends of Internet Monk. We begin with Allen Krell, whose blog carries this descriptive subtitle: “I am on a spiritual journey, looking through Christian history as I search for the common church.” Many of us identify wholly with his sense that the Church is broader […]


On Saturday, Chaplain Mike was approved by the candidacy committee for assignment, call, and ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Thanks be to God!

The Homily

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5, ESV). When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.16.13

Happy Saturday, iMonks. A couple of weeks ago in my Sunday homily, I mentioned how I was looking for a certain type of apple called the “black twig.” It was the best apple I had ever had, but that was years ago. Well, I have a new favorite. I stopped at the store on the […]