November 20, 2017

Archives for August 2014

Spiritual Formation Talk: Sacred Reading

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. • Psalm 119:130 • • • In our second post on Fr. Charles Cummings’ book, Monastic Practices, we take up the first of the three basic practices of monastic daily life, in order to consider how they might inform the spiritual formation […]

Saturday Ramblings: Labor Day Edition, 2014

Happy Labor Day weekend! In my heart, mind, and body rhythms, this weekend will always be the end of summer. However, here in Indiana, where we have an abomination called a “balanced school schedule,” we are already a month into fall. In fact, on July 31 my grandson announced to me that he was going […]

Meeting Jesus Through Community?

I am involved in a number of different communities. Some are communities of faith, but most are not. Now, this may sound like a cop out, but my primary way of introducing people to Jesus has been to introduce those in my non faith communities to my faith communities. Let me introduce you to first […]

Love in the Desert (1)

All these problems together convince many modern Christians that they could only become real Christians if it were not for the other people in the world. For them to be Christian means to be a “spiritual” person, full of love and joy to share with all the human race, but they find it very hard […]

Case Study: What’s a Parishioner to Do?

Today, I present a case study for your discussion. Here is the situation: You are a member of a small to medium-sized mainline Protestant church, and have been active and involved, particularly in one certain ministry of the congregation. That ministry and its leader (who has led it for many years as a part-time paid […]

Another Look: Who and What Are Forming You?

A classic IM post by Michael Spencer from April, 2007. Every time I feel like I have lost my way in the Christian life, I find myself back looking at monasticism, and the lessons I learned in two decades of reading Thomas Merton. I’m not attracted to Catholicism, but I am very much attracted to […]

Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1)

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. • Proverbs 9:1 Though separated by over two and a half millennia, the authors of ancient Scripture and numerous scientists of today find themselves caught up in a world of abiding astonishment. • Brown, William P., The Seven Pillars of Creation • • • […]

Sunday Formation Talk: Monastic Practices

. . . the following reflections on the basic elements of our daily life spring from a belief that the ordinary things we do every day constitute our normal monastic path to God. • Fr. Charles Cummings For Sundays from now through the fall, we’ll be focusing on the topics of spiritual formation and spiritual […]

Saturday Ramblings: Simpsons Marathon Edition — August 23, 2014

Good morning, iMonks! If you have cable or satellite and have the FXX network, WHAT ARE YOU DOING READING SATURDAY RAMBLINGS? Why aren’t you watching the FXX Simpsons Marathon? For the remainder of the month, basic cable newcomer FXX is celebrating its status as the new, exclusive, syndication home of The Simpsons by airing every […]

IM Book Review: Our Great Big American God

Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity By Matthew Paul Turner Jericho Books (August 19, 2014) • • • Matthew Paul Turner sent me a preview copy of his new book last week (it’s now available – click the link above), and it ties right in with our emphasis in […]