October 19, 2017

Archives for January 2015

Practices that help keep Jesus in the center

We here at Internet Monk are committed to continuing Michael Spencer’s legacy of what he called “Jesus-shaped spirituality.” I am always happy to shore up our understanding and practice in this area, as one of our commenters suggested in last week’s post about what conversations we should be having in 2015. If you follow the link […]

A Response to Owen Strachan on Cultural Courage

Owen Strachan has written a piece at his blog thoughtlife called “Cultural Capitulation to Homosexuality is Not Courageous.” Strachan is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Those connections tell you pretty much what you need to know about […]

Death Letter, part two: In love and war, all’s unfair

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, […]

What did Jesus mean? — “Salt of the Earth”

In a post at First Things, called “Salt of the Earth” Peter Leithart challenges Christians to consider the negative metaphorical implications of Jesus’ saying. Was Jesus, in fact, pronouncing judgment on a sinful world through saying, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13)? First of all, he notes what many have observed: that Jesus […]

Damaris Zehner: The Undeserved Grace of a New Beginning

The Undeserved Grace of a New Beginning A Villanelle by Damaris Zehner God blesses me with gifts of time and space To feel the rising warmth of one more day And from the darkness see the dawn of grace. Each spring green growth and birdsong will replace The gloom and bitter cold that once held […]

Thank you for supporting Internet Monk

Thank you for your support. I really mean this. Internet Monk is a labor of love. We who write have “day jobs” and contribute articles to the site as we can. I, Chaplain Mike, oversee the iMonastery and do my best to take the lead writing responsibility. None of us gets paid, nor do we […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: January 18, 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 2009. • • • A good and dear friend recently updated me on developments in her recent spiritual journey. Let’s […]

Saturday Ramblings, January 17, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to ramble? Make the Bible the State Book?  A bill in Mississippi (expected to pass) would do just that.  The article notes, “Lawmakers say designating the Bible as the state book would be completely symbolic and nobody would be required to read it.” So, basically it would […]

Welcome to the World

We got one of these yesterday. We’re grandparents again. Welcome to the world, Amelia. Thanks be to the God of life.

Adam Palmer: Embracing and Excluding

Our churches have a people problem. I’m as guilty as anyone, I guess. I would consider myself a “progressive” person, fairly open-handed in my theology, craving diversity when I gather with the church on Sunday morning. I want these things, sure. If they were to show up on the doorstep of our church’s gathering place, […]