July 22, 2018

Archives for January 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 11, 2016

I’ve been involved in some good discussions recently on the role of subjective, personal spiritual experiences. How should we deal with personal experiences of God “speaking” or otherwise relating to Christians on the subjective levels of feeling and sensing? Because there is such abuse and misuse in this area, it’s very easy to create a […]

Epiphany I: Our baptism is always with us

Epiphany I Our baptism is always with us One of the key themes of recent liturgical renewal is the insight that baptism is the root and foundation of the Christian life. In our baptism, we are united to Christ in his death and resurrection (Rom. 6). The Christian life is an ongoing experience of the […]

Saturday Ramblings: January 10, 2016

Welcome to the first Saturday Ramblings of 2016. Our Christmas wasn’t white, and the weather outside so far this winter has been anything but frightful here in the Midwest. Still, we may be displaying a bit too much optimism to put up a red convertible as our ride for the week. Ah well, even though we haven’t […]


Lottie When first we met in summer it seemed as though that fall would be her last, one final Christmas if by strength. But she from tough Kentucky stock and hills that had withstood the mines and stills and feuds, determined, spoke of other plans: I’ll plant my flowers in spring, outlast the winter and get […]

What about THIS “cutting edge”?

What are churches in the U.S. doing to advance this “cutting edge” ministry? Census data tells the story. From 2000 to 2010, those people age 45 to 64 (the boomers) increased 31.5%. The next highest increase was those 65+, who increased over the same period by 15.1% (source: US Census at www.census.gov/2010census/) It is projected that […]

Open Mic: January 6, 2016

A blessed Epiphany to you, and welcome to the first Open Mic of 2016. For any who might be new to Internet Monk, several times throughout the year, we throw the doors open and invite any and all to come and participate in conversation on topics of their choosing. We always hope that new readers and […]

Nouwen: With Open Hands (1)

I would like to take a few days to discuss some ideas on prayer from Henri Nouwen’s book, With Open Hands. Before we begin, I would encourage you, if possible, to get a copy. It is available for only $0.99 on Kindle right now if you have the ability to read ebooks. Click on the […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 4, 2016

Back in the day, I got a psych major in my undergrad work. That’s pretty ironic, believe me, in more ways than you can imagine. I can’t say I learned a great deal, but I did begin a lifelong journey of making observations and drawing tentative conclusions about myself. If I would have paid attention […]

Christmastide II: He makes it possible not to give up

Christmastide II He makes it possible not to give up I consider it a providential blessing that our New Year’s Day falls within the bounds of Christmastide. Both speak of new beginnings and hope, and both seem to refresh our spirits, energizing them to start again when we have tired. Here is a brief excerpt from a […]

iMonk Annual Review – 2015

We will resume Saturday Ramblings next week. The Rambler, as you can see, is in the shop, being made ready to travel far and wide in 2016. I must give a hearty “thank you” to Pastor Dan Jepsen for doing most of the driving last year as we rambled, and I’m looking forward to seeing […]