December 13, 2017

Archives for November 2016

Pic & Poem of the Week: November 20, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Living Water The green water of the pond is bumpy with fish Whose round mouths snap at flies stuck In the spider webs strung between rushes – Wet spider webs drooping with dew, Trembling in the morning light until The sky darkens and drops fall, dimpling […]

Saturday Ramblings: November 19, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK Our Rambler of the Week award goes to Congressman John Lewis, who was awarded the National Book Award, honoring his graphic novel for young people, called March: Book Three. the final installment in his trilogy about his firsthand experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis has been called “one of the most […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Nov. 18, 2016

Note from CM: An iMonk classic, and one of Michael’s very best and most personal pieces. • • • The Boat In The Backyard A father’s depression and a boy who finally understands by Michael Spencer Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? • Psalm 42:5 When […]

Mike the Geologist: On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (3)

Previous posts in the series: On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (1) On the Grand Canyon and the Flood (2) • • • The Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? By Gregg Davidson, Joel Duff, David Elliott, Tim Helble, Carol Hill, Stephen Moshier, Wayne Ranney, Ralph […]

Clinical Depression vs. the Rich Tapestry of Human Experience

Yesterday’s comments prompted me to do some thinking, especially about one of the questions — “Does depression ever have a useful purpose?” My first inclination is to say, “No,” at least when we are speaking of clinical depression. There are different types of clinically diagnosed depression, and they all represent organic ailments that can disrupt life and lead […]

Another Look: Depression, the Bible, and the Perils of Being Too Spiritual

Originally posted in 2011. The other day I was reading a blog that will remain unnamed. I’m not interested in interacting personally with the author or “answering” his post. I simply want to use his take on a particular subject as an illustration to make a point here today. That point is: The Bible simply does not speak […]

Sermon: Things may get tough, but it’s not the end of the world

SERMON: Things may get tough, but it’s not the end of the world Prayer of the Day O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy. Embrace us with your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may live through what is temporary […]

Pic & Passage of the Week: November 13, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Hence contemplation is a sudden gift of awareness, an awakening to the Real within all that is real. A vivid awareness of infinite Being at the roots of our own limited being. An awareness of our contingent reality as received, as a present from God, as […]

Saturday Ramblings: November 12, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK The person we acknowledge as our Rambler today has been one of our generation’s wilderness poets. This week Leonard Cohen died at age 82. Here is an excerpt from Larry Rohter’s remembrance in the New York Times: Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and novelist who abandoned a promising literary career to become one of the […]

I won’t talk about the election, but I will say this

My main point: I think we should stop saying “It’s OK. God is on the throne.” • Ryan Patrick McLaughlin • • • I have determined not to make the election a topic of conversation with anyone, at least at this point. As for me, it is time to just get back to living and […]