October 17, 2017

Archives for July 2015

Saturday Ramblings, July 11, 2015

Hello,imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? This Tuesday is the All-star game for Major League Baseball, also known as the sport time forgot. Regrettably, there is some tension in the imonastary. You see, dear imonks, while Chaplain Mike and I share many great traits (Van Gogh adoration, ear-wax collections) we disagree with […]

Another Look: The NT “Haustafeln”

Note from CM: This post was originally written in 2011. Recently, I’ve been following a sermon series that has been going on in a church with which I’m familiar. They are dealing with some of the passages mentioned in this post in typical conservative evangelical fashion. The fact that I put it that way will […]

Bits of wisdom, more or less

The voices of poets, storytellers, and artists will never be given the prominence granted to the pundits, politicians, and power brokers. And the world will be forever impoverished. And now abide money, sex, and power. But the greatest of these is power. “Such a waste of talent. He chose money over power, in this town a […]

Another Look: Group Seeks to Ban Genesis

A Christian group, concerned about moral breakdown in American society, is pushing for a ban on the book of Genesis. A spokesperson for “People Involved in Saving, Securing, and Defending the Old-Fashioned Family” (PISSDOFF), said that decent citizens have come together to protest the publication and distribution of Bibles containing Genesis. They say that our culture cannot […]

Scenes from the Desert

Here is a gallery of scenes from the desert for you to enjoy. The pictures were taken in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and the McDowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve in Arizona. Seeing the images is obviously not the same as being there, but perhaps they will provide the opportunity for you to take a wilderness journey of your […]

Another Look: Redefining Greatness

The older I get, the more my definition of “greatness” changes. For many of us who grew up in the age of mass media, great has often equaled “famous” in our minds. The great are those with public celebrity. Whose faces are seen in print and on screen. Whose words are captured in sound bites and interviews. […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 5, 2015

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,”I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” • 1 Corinthians 1:18-19 • • • Every so […]

Saturday Ramblings, July 4, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to freedom! Ready to Ramble? Are you having Watermelon at your cookout this weekend? Need some pointers on how to cut that baby up? Here ya go: Well, this is classy. The Milwaukee Art Museum will display a portrait of Pope Benedict  XVI . . . made of condoms. The museum admitted it was […]

Which Way? Religious Conservatism at the Crossroads

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling [Obergefell v. Hodges] which found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage surprised few observers. Whether or not such a right can legitimately be derived from the Constitution, it seems impossible that the court would have voted the way it did had this case been brought before it 20 years ago. […]

Report from the desert (2): The golden hour

Photographers and cinematographers love “the golden hour” (sometimes called “the magic hour”). This describes the time of light right after sunrise and right before sunset. During these periods, the sun’s light is more diffuse and softer, bathing the world in a pleasing reddish-golden hue. I took the picture above yesterday at McDowell Mountain Sonoran Desert […]