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Archives for February 2015

Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51 in music

For Ash Wednesday Two renditions of Psalm 51 “Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your steadfast love . . .” • • • Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts Psalm 51:14-17 O God of mercy, hear my call, My loads of guilt remove; Break down this separating wall, That bars me from thy […]

Let’s Discuss . . . Mardis Gras

I don’t normally put two posts up on one day anymore, but today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the day before the Lenten season begins, and I would like us to talk about something. Let me put my thoughts in a brief paragraph for you to consider and respond to today: One measure of our […]

High-Church vs. Low-Church Sacramentalism

UPDATE: It occurred to me that I ought to clarify something. Below I call myself “unordained.” That is in terms of my denomination only. I am ordained, but not by the ELCA, and they do not recognize the form of my ordination as acceptable for rostered ministry within the denomination. • • • I have […]

Music Monday: Bridging the Atlantic

UPDATE: I just noticed that a couple of these videos are playlists, so you get some bonus music today! Some of the individual songs will take you to YouTube via a link. Hope you enjoy this fine music today. * * * Today I’d like to recommend a series of programs that I have known […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: February 15, 2015

Note from CM: In 2015 we 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 a post that was originally published in February 2008. The post was part one of a series Michael did, called, “The Church: Flawed and Finished.” • […]

Saturday Ramblings, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day, imonks.  Grab your significant other, and hop in the Rambler. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there is this report: People who use emojis have sex more often. A lot more often, actually. In unrelated news, I have now learned to how to insert emojis into blog posts. Which state is the […]

In the beginning, it’s not about “days”

Better, but still not in the ballpark. Good for Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition for many parts of the article, “Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods.” Questioning the so-called “literalism” of Young Earth Creationism in their reading of Genesis 1 is something to be commended even if I think he ultimately […]

Damaris Zehner: What Makes It Right?

What Makes It Right? By Damaris Zehner I’ve always had a problem with the concept of “two consenting adults” as the foundation for moral decisions.  Often the phrase is uttered as a means to reconcile a faint moral unease with cultural norms:   “Well, I’m not sure it’s right,” we’ll say, “but I guess if […]

Thriving in the Embattlement: Should Christians Be “Countercultural”?

And here I signal my last worry about the way the rhetoric of “countercultural” has functioned within the evangelical world. By drawing our energy out of the opposition to the world—by thriving in the embattlement—we tend to foreclose the possibility that we could win, finally and decisively, the very cultural struggle we are waging. By […]

Steve Brown: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Note from CM: Thanks to our friend Steve Brown for giving us permission to re-post this spot-on, to-the-point devotional about grace. Relish this. This is the good stuff. • • • Confession: In my lifetime, I’ve believed and taught some pretty dumb things. One of them: If you memorize Scripture, pray a lot and do religious […]