December 15, 2017

Archives for December 2013

Thoughts on the Godhead — Part Two

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity …” —Charles Wesley   On the surface, my last essay was a vacation narrative. Metaphorically, it was a picture (albeit inadequate) of what it is like to diligently seek after Holy God and to try to know him. Every foray, however purposeful and strenuous it […]

Thoughts on the Godhead — Part One

“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity … nothing will so magnify the whole soul of man … Then go, plunge yourself in […]

The Resurrected Christ at Christmas

At this season of the year, when we consider Jesus’ birth and infancy narratives in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and are confronted once more with the fact that they differ from one another, and that the other Gospels do not include any material at all from Jesus’ early life, we invariably […]

Homily for Advent III: In a Prison Cell of Doubt

In a Prison Cell of Doubt A sermon for the third Sunday in Advent, 2013 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.14.13

We are at the end of another busy week here at the iMonastery. Wrapping paper, ribbons and bows have been flying freely. For a while we couldn’t find Martha until someone looked under the tree and saw a package wiggling just a little too much. No fear—we set her free and fortified her with a […]

A Values Charter?

Update: The spam attack seems to be a little more under control.  Thanks for the great comments! Chaplain Mike had an interesting post this week when he criticized an organization that invited us to patronize businesses that “welcome us and respect our values.” I found it interesting because I wanted to write about another organization that also […]

The Pastor: Remembering the Poor

 …when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was […]

The Most Loving Thing?

“The most loving thing anyone can do is tell the truth.” – John MacArthur (and a host of others) * * * It has been an evangelical mantra that I have both said and heard for many years. The sentence may arise in a conversation about evangelism or dealing with someone struggling with sin or […]

Beyond Christmas Wars & Boycotts: Faith-Driven Consumers?

As Faith Driven Consumers, we choose to match our wallets to our worldview and support companies whose corporate actions are compatible with biblical faith. This is action every one of us can take, every day. And we can advocate for and grow faith-compatible businesses all over America. Faith Driven Consumers are creating space in the American […]

Randy Thompson: The Sky Is Always Falling

The Sky Is Always Falling by Randy Thompson “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (Alphonse Karr) The other day I went up to the local garage to have our mechanic switch our car’s regular tires over to snow tires—a winter ritual for many of us here in New Hampshire. While waiting, […]