October 19, 2017

Archives for March 2016

Another Look: Evangelicals and Special Seasons

Note from CM: We’re giving Michael Spencer the week off. Instead, I will revive this post from my early days of writing for him. This was one of the first posts I did for Internet Monk, back in 2009. I wrote it in the early days of attending a Lutheran church, having left pastoral ministry in a non-denominational […]

Palm/Passion Sunday: Richard Rohr on a Credo of Adjectives

Palm/Passion Sunday Richard Rohr on a Credo of Adjectives On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. As Jesus enters Jerusalem on the final week of his life, the Gospel of John describes what was about to happen in these terms: Jesus was entering into his “glory” (see John 12:23). […]

Saturday Ramblings: March 19, 2016

Today, we look at the origins of the Rambler automobile. The Thomas B. Jeffery Company (he of Rambler bicycle manufacturing) began building one-cylinder Ramblers in a converted 19th-century bicycle plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. By the late 1890s Jeffery, along with his son Charles, was smitten with the notion of building automobiles so he sold his interest in G&J […]

Another Look: Redefining Greatness

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first […]

Church Changes

I have found myself in an interesting position lately. I’ve been preaching at a small, rural Lutheran church about fifteen miles from my home. It is a sweet, traditional congregation, a church that was founded in 1838. For some time now, they have had a semi-retired pastor serving them. They are too small to support […]

Pete Enns on trusting our beliefs more than trusting God

One of the books I’m anticipating most in 2016 in Peter Enns’s The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs, due out in early April. I believe it will be a great gift to those with the courage to question. For several years now, Pete has been on a journey, […]

Civil Religion Series: The Second Great Awakening and Manifest Destiny

The far-reaching, the boundless future will be the era of American greatness. In its magnificent domain of space and time, the nation of many nations is destined to manifest to mankind the excellence of divine principles; to establish on earth the noblest temple ever dedicated to the worship of the Most High — the Sacred […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: March 14, 2016

How God Ruined Church for Me An edited version of a 2007 post by Michael Spencer You see, it’s supposed to work like this: The world of churches is like a big mall, and there are many different kinds of stores. You choose one store–ONE–and you go there for everything you need. You are LOYAL […]

Lent V: Richard Rohr on the Humility of John of the Cross

Lent V Richard Rohr on the Humility of John of the Cross On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. This Sunday’s Gospel text, the story of Mary anointing Jesus in anticipation of his death and burial, portrays the woman as a person of humble devotion. She entered a […]

Saturday Ramblings: March 12, 2016

It’s another vintage Rambler day here at IM. One of the pioneers in the modern American transportation industry was Colonel Albert A. Pope. In the late 1800’s, he turned Hartford, Connecticut into the bicycle capital of the world. Pope later took control of the “bicycle trust”, which had consolidated many of the major bicycle manufacturers in the […]