July 19, 2018

Archives for September 2015

Walter Wangerin: Ignoring God’s Staged Armistice

In his book, Ragman: And Other Cries of Faith, Walter Wangerin writes about the way he and his wife Thanne fought throughout their marriage. Their bouts would follow a pattern. He talked. She was silent. Then she would cry. He would sigh to signal that he had troubles too, and would ask her what was the […]

iMonk Classic: Running Wounded

1606  Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation. This disorder can manifest itself more or less acutely, and […]


Note from CM: In this post, I will not be writing about same-sex marriages. They will be mentioned, but what I have to say is not about them. If you think SSM or other forms of “marriage” should be discussed in the comments, I will only agree if you are including them to talk about the […]

Luther’s surprisingly “modern” view of marriage

At home I have good wine and beer and a good wife, or, shall I say, lord. • Martin Luther • • • This past weekend, we celebrated my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I’ve been thinking a lot about the vocation of marriage and family lately. One of Martin Luther’s greatest contributions was his emphasis […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: September 6, 2015

It was 1973, a year before my high school graduation. I was sixteen, a young preacher-boy at a revival meeting at a church in our community. I remember the tiny church being packed, but I don’t remember anything about the service, or the sermon or the preacher. I do remember something that happened at the […]

Saturday Ramblings: September 5, 2015

Welcome iMonks! Ready to ramble? The truth is out. Daniel is no longer doing Saturday Ramblings (at least for the time being) because he was offered a pastoral opportunity at a new cutting edge church. • • • This next bit of astronomical creativity is from The Christian Post. Of course it is. A historical […]

Problems with Teaching about Good Works

I like to use the phrase “good works” to describe Christian living. Doing so reminds me of Ephesians 2:10, a favorite text of mine: “We are his workmanship,” says the apostle, “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” His workmanship. Created in Christ Jesus. This eliminates any possible understanding […]

Fr. Michel Quoist: “If each note said…”

If each note of music were to say: one note does not make a symphony, there would be no symphony. If each word were to say: one word does not make a book, there would be no book. If each brick were to say: one brick does not make a wall, there would be no […]

Little Brave Unselfish Things

Love has awakened extraordinary energies in him that he himself didn’t think he was capable of. • Michel Quoist Keeping Hope • • • There is one thing people fail to understand who speak disparagingly of “good works” in favor of “faith alone”: any deed done in love cannot, by definition, be done for the […]

Follow Me

I refuse to accept your resignation, says the Lord. • Michel Quoist Keeping Hope • • • This bit of divine response is found near the end of a poem by Fr. Quoist that speaks of how easy it would be to simply give up on being part of God’s mission. However, God loves us […]