December 18, 2017

Archives for September 2016

Wrestling with Scripture

I was reading Walter Brueggemann’s book, An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible, today, and I came across this quote: ” “I suggest that a Christian reading of the Old Testament requires, in the present time, a recovery of the Jewishness of our ways of reading the text.” He goes on to suggest […]

Music Monday: Rock Music’s Most Formative Year

Note from CM: We are going to move our classic Michael Spencer posts back to Fridays for a while, and renew our “Music Monday” theme to start each week. • • • Fifty years ago. 1966. I was ten years old. An article in The Guardian asks the question, “Was 1966 Pop Music’s Greatest Year?”  I hesitate to say it […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 18, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) From Out of Metropolis We’re headed for empty-headedness, the featureless amnesias of Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, states rich only in vowel sounds and alliteration. We’re taking the train so we can see into the heart of the heart of America framed in the windows’ cool oblongs of light. We want cottages, […]

Saturday Ramblings: September 17, 2016 — National League Central Champions Edition!

Step one: complete. Chicago Cubs fans like me are hoping for an end to a 108-year drought in World Series championships this year. I have rambled around for 60 of those years, and it is one of the great longings of my lifetime to see my team become world champs at least once. And what shall I say […]

Wilma’s Story

Note from CM: Earlier this year, I gained a new co-worker, a bright and personable hospice nurse named Wilma. When she told me her story and I read her book, I knew right away I wanted her to share it with our Internet Monk community. Wilma grew up in an Amish community. To many looking […]

Mike Bell: Some Thoughts on Change

Note from CM: Good to hear from our friend from the north country, Mike Bell, today. As remains the case for many of us, the ecclesiastical journey continues for Mike. Here’s his latest update. • • • Seventeen.  That is the number of churches that I have been involved in, each for more than a […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Fifteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Fifteen: Those Who Endure Are Blessed We have come to the final part of the central section in James. In this section, James has been exploring the three themes he introduced in chapter one. In the following table, you can see how themes from chapter one are reintroduced and developed here, near the end of […]

A Simple Trinity Prayer

In my email I receive and collect Richard Rohr’s daily meditations. I highly recommend them, and you can subscribe HERE. Fr. Rohr’s new book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation will be available October 4, 2016. You can pre-order at thedivinedance.org). In his daily meditations, Rohr is currently exploring ideas and themes about the Trinity from this forthcoming publication. In […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: September 12, 2016

Does the gospel change the way you look at the people the culture war tells you to fear and dislike? For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 11, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt On the rough diamond, the hand-cut field below the dog lot and barn, we rehearsed the strict technique of bunting. I watched from the infield, the mound, the backstop as your left hand climbed the bat, your legs and shoulders squared […]