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Archives for March 2015

Saturday Ramblings, March 21, 2015

Hello imonks, and welcome to SPRING!!!!!  Ready to ramble? Last week’s post just did not have enough silliness, so we are doubling up this week. You don’t mind, do you? March Madness has begun! How’s your bracket?  Yeah, mine too…  Indianapolis is hosting the Final Four, and the biggest hotel in town just installed a 165 […]

The Curse of Knowledge

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17 – NIV I know too much. My theological […]

A Strange and Awesome Conclave

A Strange and Awesome Conclave Inside the kingdom of night I witnessed a strange trial. Three rabbis, all erudite and pious men, decided one winter evening to indict God for having allowed his children to be massacred. An awesome conclave, particularly in view of the fact that it was held in a concentration camp. But what […]

Alms, not Tithes

I have never heard an evangelical sermon on almsgiving. Despite countless texts in the Hebrew Bible about generosity toward the poor, the example of the first Christians, and a long tradition of the practice, especially during Lent, I have rarely heard the word mentioned in my adult life as a Christian. “Tithes and offerings,” yes of […]

Randy Thompson: Religious Virtuosity — The Spiritual Life on Automatic Pilot 

Growing up is, among other possibilities, a process of learning how to do things. We learn to walk and talk, to tie our shoes, and to tell the difference between the men’s room and the ladies’ room. Much of what happens later in life builds on such foundational skills. For example, we learn to drive […]

Music Monday: There are years, and there are Years (part 1: 2014)

When it comes to music, there are years, and there are years. 2014 was a year. 2015 looks like it may be a year. Since I didn’t do an end-of-the-year review of music in December, I’ll write about the first today and we’ll focus on the second next Monday. It would be hard to overestimate how […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: March 15, 2015

Note from CM: We are only about a month away from the fifth anniversary of Michael Spencer’s death. Each Sunday this year we are re-posting some of his encouraging, challenging words. Today we present a longer piece that was first published in March 2006, called “Dying We Live: Pat’s Story.” • • • I never knew Pat when he […]

Saturday Ramblings, March 14, 2015

Nazi cows, coming out poly, and Mexican mummy heads. Welcome to the weekend, imonks. Ready to ramble? Strange Headline of the week: Jury awards $150K to employee who feared scanner as “Mark of the Beast.” The long-time employee was forced to retire after he refused to submit to biometric hand scanning because he feared the scanner would imprint […]

Damaris Zehner: Ponderings on Permaculture

It’s almost spring, and I’m reading about gardening.  It’s my yearly ritual to keep hope alive over the winter.  This winter I’ve focused on permaculture.   I like permaculture because it deals with growing things in a sustainable and sane way, but it has also led me to three related thoughts. Permaculture, I’ve learned, is […]

Mud season and me

These are the ugly days. Before the new season springs forth in delicate color and texture, the world looks like a frat house the day after. The grass is patchy, brown and nubby, and with every step comes the possibility your sneaker treads will lose the battle with God’s good mud. Whatever snow remains crouches […]