December 17, 2017

Archives for February 2017

Sermon: Epiphany VII — How Enemies Become Friends

SERMON: How Enemies Become Friends (Epiphany VII) You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you […]

Pic & Cantata of the Week (Sexagesima)

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY VII (Sexagesima Sunday) Bach Cantata BWV 18, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven” Sexagesima Sunday) is the name for the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday in the Gregorian Rite liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and also in that of some Protestant […]

Saturday Brunch, February 18, 2017, Stolen Humor Edition

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? This week I am going to unabashedly steal some jokes. Interspersed throughout our brunch, like sips of mimosa, will be some of the best late night humor. Let’s start here. Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN yesterday that the Trump administration is trying […]

Michael Spencer 101

Note from CM: It occurred to me that some of our newer readers and folks who are passing by might not know that this blog was the brain-child of Michael Spencer, who became known as “The Internet Monk.” As you’ll see below, the site is so named because of his affection for Thomas Merton of Gethsemani Abbey […]

Adam and the Genome 2: Chapter 1- Evolution as Scientific Theory

Adam and the Genome 2: Chapter 1- Evolution as Scientific Theory We continue our review of the book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight. Today, chapter 1. Dennis begins this chapter by reminiscing about his childhood love of science.  He grew up in northern British Columbia […]

The Myth of the Decline Narrative

Sometimes I wonder what people are seeing. I also wonder why they are so ignorant of history. Various groups rely upon a tried-and-true method to make their case and gain adherents and power. It’s called playing the “decline narrative” card. The decline narrative follows a simple formula: First, things used to be so much better. […]

For Valentine’s Day: The Coffee Cups

The night was long, his sleep restless. Two or three times he reached across the bed to feel her warmth. He reached and reached. Once, her absence bothered him so much he got up, put on his robe and walked downstairs. He sat in his chair and listened to himself breathe. An occasional car drove […]

Daniel Jepsen: Loving God According to our Personality

Loving God According to our Personality By Daniel Jepsen I struggled with this title; the term personality is more elastic than a spandex jumpsuit, and the phrase loving God is not much more definitive.  But my main point is this: We rightly express our devotion to God differently than other people because of the unique […]

Pic & Cantata of the Week: Epiphany VI (Septuagesima)

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY VI (Septuagesima Sunday) Bach Cantata BWV 84, “I am content with my fortune” Septuagesima Sunday is an observance that was dropped from the calendar which was revised following Vatican II, but the name is still in use in the traditional calendars. Septuagesima is the name given to the […]

Saturday Brunch, February 11, 2017

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? Let’s start with some lighter fare. First, some sporting news. Congratulations to the New England Patriots for another [yawn] Super Bowl win. After the game the Patriots [yawn] were congratulated by Donald Trump. And the Falcons got a card from Hillary saying, “Welcome to […]