July 19, 2018

Archives for July 2017

Another Look: If You Are Not Afraid, You Are Not Human

Hello. My name is Mike, and I am afraid. I am afraid of life, and I am afraid of life’s end. I am afraid of being alone, and I am afraid of being with people. I am afraid of hatred and I am afraid of love. Truth and beauty frighten me even as I delight […]

Another Look: Perfect Love

…No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. …If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? …In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. • From Matt. […]

4th Sunday after Trinity: Sermon and Cantata of the Week

Today, I am preaching at our first church, in East Dover, Vermont. For today’s Sunday post, I include the text of my message along with a fitting and delightful aria from Bach’s cantata, “Merciful Heart of Eternal Love” (BWV 185). • • • SERMON: Friends in the Gospel (Philippians 1:1-11) Thirty-nine years ago, I was […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: July 8, 2017 — Random Thoughts Edition

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” This is a random thoughts edition of our Saturday Brunch. I will simply be passing on some of the curious things […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – How We Become Human

How We Become Human By Damaris Zehner I know, as a tenet of my faith, that Jesus’ incarnation, death, and resurrection somehow have set me free from death and given me new life.  I know that God says that he will take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh.  But […]

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science.  A review of the book by Mike “Science Mike” McHargue.  Part 1.

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science — A review of the book by Mike “Science Mike” McHargue.  Part 1. • • • Back on April 17 of this year, Pete Enns hosted Mike McHargue on his podcast: B4NP Podcast Episode 5: “That Topic that Isn’t Going […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel (3)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Three Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ In grammar […]

For Independence Day: Our Greatest Speech, Our Greatest Need

On this U.S. Independence Day 2017, many are lamenting our current national and political situation, noting the ever-hardening divisions that seem to mark our citizenry. Although in many respects I join this lament, I also try to have some historical perspective and realize that we have lived in far more divided times, including an era […]

Support Scuba Missions!

I’m helping a group of young people from our local Methodist church on a mission trip in Providence, Rhode Island this week. We are working with Providence Rescue Mission through Praying Pelican Missions. We have all we need, but I thought I’d introduce you to a couple that is asking for support for their “mission” […]

3rd Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • I’m deeply thrilled about our choice of worship music today. We present three movements from, perhaps, J.S. Bach’s greatest cantata: BWV 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” (My heart was deeply troubled). Craig Smith describes this magnificent work and gives its background: Several years into his tenure […]