July 19, 2018

Archives for April 2015

Emerging from Gethsemani: What I did and what I read

I spent Monday through Friday last week at one of my favorite places in the world: The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky. This was my third retreat at Gethsemani, and each of them has had a different purpose. I went in November 2011 in a state of exhaustion from a heavy […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: April 19, 2015

Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”…And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And […]

Saturday Ramblings, April 18, 2014, The Pissing Off Putin Edition

Hello, all, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to Ramble? We’re going to start with news from Russia that memes are now illegal. Well, not all memes, just those that feature a public character.  Gee, I wonder what powerful public figure is tired of being made into a meme.  [in Church Lady voice]: “Could it […]

Why People Move Between Different Church Traditions – A Hypothesis

  I was wondering a few weeks back, if perhaps people’s worship style preference could be directly correlated to their personality type.  I found this article that seemed to affirm that belief.  I asked our readers to guess what my Myers-Briggs personality type was based on what they knew of my worship style preferences and the […]

Easter: do we just not “get” it?

Do we “get” Easter? This year, I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that I don’t really “get” Easter, and maybe a lot of the churches and Christians I’ve been around don’t either. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! (Repeat 3x.) Yeah, then it’s back to Monday morning and life as usual. This feeling became intensified […]

Ron Rolheiser on Priestly Prayer

I have an idea some people have a misconception when I tell them I am going on retreat to a place like the Abbey of Gethsemani, where I am this week. I know I’ve had such wrong notions in the past, especially in my free-church evangelical days. This is especially true regarding the daily services […]

Andy Zehner: On Communitarianism

Note from CM: I have said often that I am a-political — I don’t care much for politics, and we don’t talk too much about that world here on IM, except when it impinges on some facet of religious discourse. In today’s terms, I consider myself a moderate and you will usually find me lamenting the […]

Music Monday: Appalachian Spring

The fate of pieces is really rather curious…you can’t always figure out in advance exactly what’s going to happen to them. • Aaron Copland, speaking about Appalachian Spring • • • I delight in listening to one of our most beloved pieces of classical music at this time of year: Aaron Copland’s orchestral suite, Appalachian […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: April 12, 2015

Note from CM: I’m editing and posting today’s message from Oneida, KY, Michael’s home and place of ministry. Gail and I are visiting Denise and enjoying the beauties of the early Appalachian spring. This message was originally posted in May 2008. • • • ***sigh*** When someone says I’ve written something I shouldn’t have written, […]

Saturday Ramblings, April 11, 2015

Human head transplants, Polar-bear-sized aliens, and the sex lives of grilled cheese eaters: welcome to the weekend!  Let’s ramble! And let’s break out the rag-top, baby, it’s spring!Well, that’s a relief: The life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark is still alive. “Despite all the naysayers, and the enormous amount of false information certain people and organizations have […]