November 22, 2017

Archives for July 2015

Damaris Zehner: Yielding Rights

Yielding Rights By Damaris Zehner When discussions occur on Internet Monk defending abortion rights, contraceptive rights, rights to same-sex marriage, rights to divorce, even rights to receive communion in a denomination not one’s own, I tend not to take part.  One reason I refrain has to do with the rules for ethical argument, at least […]

Miguel Ruiz: New light on the oldest profession

Note from CM: After thinking about the way many Christians today devise their moral theology, our friend Miguel offers a “modest proposal” about reconsidering “the oldest profession.” • • • The history of Christianity is a twisted tale of conflict over sexuality and the suppression of those who dissent the party line on bedroom ethics.  […]

Another Look: That for which every heart yearns

This is the time of year a Midwestern boy like me looks forward to with all his heart. It is, without a doubt, the very best time of year. For this is the season when the three most wonderful words in the English language fill the air. Three simple, sublime words. They are everywhere. These […]

Ryan McLaughlin: A Luminous Darkness

A Luminous Darkness By Ryan McLaughlin At long last, I had found my way out of the wilderness! Or so I thought, at least. My wife and I became Roman Catholic on a beautiful spring evening in the heart of Boston. As Holy Saturday became Easter Sunday, the bells rang out and the lights came […]

Teaching One Another: Feeding the Crowds

We haven’t done much Bible study recently, and I thought today might be a good day to dig in again. Yesterday’s lectionary readings intrigued me, particularly the OT reading and the Gospel. I think they raise some questions, not only of biblical interpretation, but of how we approach the Bible and stories like this. 📖 […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 26, 2015

Note from CM: You will find a link to the HubbleSite in our Links list as well as in this post. I encourage you to go there often and “consider the heavens.”  • • • One of my life-long loves is astronomy. I’ve owned some very nice telescopes, and I’ve spent many a clear, cold […]

Saturday Ramblings, July 25, 2014

Hello imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? Good thing he doesn’t have to run for re-election. Pope Francis’s approval rating in America has plummeted in the last year. The drop-off has been especially sharp among American conservatives: “This decline may be attributable to the pope’s denouncing of ‘the idolatry of money’ and attributing climate change […]

You’ve Gotta Hear This. It’s Amazing.

You’ve Gotta Hear This.  It’s Amazing. By Damaris Zehner Jeff Dunn insists that American readers will refuse to read poetry.  He’s always counseled me to leave the poetry out and in fact removed all the poems I had snuck into the manuscript of the book he’s publishing.  I trust Jeff’s experience , but sometimes I […]

“A cohort of wonder”

William P. Brown serves as a great example of someone who has integrated biblical studies with scientific and technological progress so as to promote a “theology of wonder.” This portion from one of my favorite books on the Old Testament, The Seven Pillars of Creation, explains how Brown first caught that sense of wonder. I’ve included the video he […]

A Lost Imagination for God

We can never sneer at the stars, mock the dawn or scoff at the totality of being. Sublime grandeur evokes unhesitating, unflinching awe. Away from the immense, cloistered in our own concepts, we may scorn and revile everything. But standing between earth and sky, we are silenced by the sight. . . . • Abraham […]