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Archives for May 2014

Good Works Week V: Good Works = Child’s Play

Now it came to pass that it was time to paint the garage. Dad worked all week long on it. Using a ladder, he painted the eaves and trim all the way around. He painted the other high spots and worked his way down, starting in the front and then doing the sides. Eventually, he […]

Good Works Week IV: James, the Elephant

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! […]

Good Works Week III: Let’s Discuss What the Bible Says

It’s time for day three of “Good Works Week” here at IM. Or as we like to call it, “Who can Chaplain Mike offend today?” Sunday, I ticked off some of our Lutheran friends. In my naivete I wasn’t aware that just having a discussion about good works equates to promoting works-righteousness. Heck, I’m not […]

Good Works Week II: The Work of the People

The Work of the People: A Tale of Two Services And it came to pass that two men died, and their families requested that their funeral services be held in their respective churches. One man was Roman Catholic, the other a member of an evangelical church committed to reformed Protestant doctrine. In the Catholic church, […]

Good Works Week I: Faith Working through Love

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love. – Galatians 5:2, NRSV For Christ at the last day will not ask how much you have prayed, fasted, pilgrimaged, done this or that for yourself, but how much good you have done to […]

Saturday Ramblings, May 17, 2014

Satanic broccoli, baptizing Martians, and Godzilla as a Christ-figure. Welcome to the weekend, fellow imonkers. First, some lighter news.  Here in Indiana, we are anxiously awaiting the next round of the NBA playoffs, where the valiant and virtuous Pacers battle the Evil Empire (aka, the Miami Heat) for the Eastern Conference championship. And the Oklahoma City […]

Random Thoughts about New Life, Church Life, the After Life, and the Myo

I have had this stream of consciousness going through my head this week about many of the discussions that have been going on at Internet Monk and elsewhere. Here are some of the things I have been thinking about. Feel free to join the conversation with whatever thought catches your fancy. 1. A recalled a […]

Our Terrestrial Hope

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done: Jesus Who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heav’n be one. – Malt­bie D. Bab­cock The world into which we shall […]

Matthew B. Redmond: The Apostle Paul or the Person in the Pew?

Note from CM: Matthew B. Redmond is a good friend of Internet Monk. He has written for us on this week’s subject, and we have reviewed his book, which holds up as one of the finest, most needed books in recent years. See the links below for those posts. Matthew B. Redmond: The God of […]

What Matters: Baptism and Vocation

Thus they made men believe that the profession of monasticism was far better than Baptism. . . . . . . Furthermore, the precepts of God and the true service of God are obscured when men hear that only monks are in a state of perfection. For Christian perfection is to fear God from the […]