November 22, 2017

Archives for January 2015

Saturday Ramblings – Jan 31, 2015 (Jim Cantore Edition)

Good morning iMonk community! Pastor Dan is away on a prayer retreat this weekend, so I’m filling in. And I say, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! We made it through Winter Storms Juno and Kari (reports below), now this weekend we’re facing WS Linus here in the Midwest. Where I live […]

Empathy

Note from CM: I received an email from Mike Bell yesterday asking for a leave from writing for IM for awhile. They have received some bad news about a family member whose cancer has returned, and Mike will have additional responsibilities in the days to come. He is also facing some increasing demands at work. Please […]

A More Grounded Gospel

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. • Ephesians 1:22-23 The good news is that the one true God has now taken charge of the world, in and through Jesus and his death and resurrection. • […]

Jonathan Aigner: But contemporary worship brings people to Jesus! Right…?

Reposted with permission from Jonathan Aigner, Ponder Anew • • • Consider this comment I received on the “Modernized Hymns” post. I have tried to avoid God my whole life. I wouldn’t know a traditional hymn from a modernized hymn. I’ve never even stepped foot into a church…until this past Sunday. The people on stage […]

Death Letter, part three: A caged animal in an invisible cage

We continue our reflections on David W. Peters’ memoir of his experiences as a military and hospital chaplain called, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War. Peters served as a battalion chaplain in Fort Hood, Texas from 2004-2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also served as a chaplain clinician in the amputee, […]

Adam McHugh: When Someone is in a Storm

Nothing shuts down a person in pain like quoting the Bible at them. As I write that, I can hear the sirens of the Heresy Police surrounding my building. Yes, the Bible contains the words of life, the promises of God-with-us that have comforted saints and resurrected sinners. But the Bible can also be the […]

IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East

The Old Wild West in the New Middle East IM Review of “American Sniper” The title of this review reflects a line from American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s reverent biopic of Chris Kyle, a sniper during the Iraq War credited with 160 kills, the most in American military history. It also reflects iconic films from Eastwood’s career. He, of course, […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: January 25, 2015

Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Today, we continue our “Sundays with Michael” series with an excerpt from post that was originally published in January 2008. Folks did not always respond with words of sweetness and light when Michael wrote. Here is an example of how […]

Saturday Ramblings, January 24, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to the weekend. First, some sporting news.  The Superb Owl is set: The Seattle Seahawks will attempt to defend their crown from the New England Patriots.  The Patriots had a little controversy after their blow-out over the Colts: Deflate-gate (hey look, a”gate” controversy that actually rhymes!) The NFL is looking into […]

The Most Significant Moment In My Spiritual Journey

Yup, that’s me. The summer of 1981. The photos were taken on the front lawn of my house in Peterborough, Ontario. I think more than a few laws were broken to take the picture on the left! The pictures represent the culmination of a story, a story of how I ultimately came to trust God. […]