October 20, 2017

Archives for February 2014

A Surprising Implication of the New Perspective

We haven’t talked much about biblical scholarship lately. I know it’s not necessarily high on the agenda for a number of our readers, but perhaps others might wish we would discuss such matters more often. Honestly, too much time was spent in my former fundamentalist and evangelical circles arguing about who wrote what book of […]

The Least of God’s Holy People

As I reflect on my life today, many years after my ordination to the priesthood and that season of monastic life at the Abbey of Genesee, I still feel like the least of God’s holy people. Looking back over the years, I realize that I am still struggling with the same problems I had all […]

Miguel Ruiz: A Response to “Annoying Things in Worship Songs”

Note from CM: Miguel is a regular reader and commenter on Internet Monk. I appreciate his personal and theological insights as one who is working in a congregational context and share his passion for worship and for the music that is such an important ingredient in our worship. Today, Miguel responds to a recent article […]

Don’t Even Think about Preaching on That

I’m speechless, in awe—words fail me.     I should never have opened my mouth! I’ve talked too much, way too much.     I’m ready to shut up and listen. – Job 40:3-5, MSG * * * The other day I drove by a church with which I’m familiar and noticed that they were doing a sermon series […]

Saturday Ramblings, February 15, 2014

Did you miss the Christian Oscars?  Okay, that is not their official name, but The Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. This year’s big winners included Duck Dynasty, Frozen, Iron Man 3, Grace Unplugged and The Bible. Quote of the night goes to Mark Burnett (producer of The Bible […]

It’s a Small [Christian] World [in Canada] After All

Yesterday there was a list posted of 100 fantastic Canadian Christian women leaders. It was posted in response to a list of 101 [Mostly American] Christian Women speakers. The authors of both lists recognized their own limitations in creating these lists, and both agree that there are many other names that should have been included. […]

The Good Scout and the Denial of Jesus’ Way

Note from CM: Before I write today’s post, I must say that yesterday’s discussion provides a superb example of why I love being part of Internet Monk. That was one of the most thoughtful and respectful conversations I’ve ever been privileged to witness. I had a busy day at work so wasn’t able to participate too […]

Let’s Discuss: Life Change

We need to talk. Running Michael Spencer’s classic essay “When I Am Weak” yesterday raised questions that have been part of the discussion here on Internet Monk for many years. Certain theological terms have always sparked debate here about the nature of the Christian life: Sanctification Transformation Life change Spiritual growth Faith or spiritual formation […]

My Favorite Post from Michael Spencer

Note from CM: I try to publish this about once a year. The truth is, I need it about once a week, if not more often. Of all that Michael Spencer wrote, this was the piece that convinced me of the genius of Mike’s spiritual insight and his ability to present that in plain-spoken terms. […]

Pausing to Consider the Journey

Some things have happened in my personal world recently that require reflection and reconsideration of the way ahead. I won’t share details at this point, except to say that a fog has descended, obscuring the road that stretches before me. I’ve learned enough by now to know that it might be wise to pull over […]