December 16, 2017

Archives for August 2017

Losers Who Just Keep Walking

Triumphalism is a terrible thing. I heard an unexpected sermon yesterday from a guest preacher in a church we visited. The church is a traditional old Midwest Protestant congregation, not known, at least in recent memory, for their religious enthusiasm or expressiveness. Sunday’s speaker was from a quite different ecclesiastical milieu. The congregation seemed to […]

10th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Apparently, this time of year is a season in which apocalyptic themes take hold. With this year’s solar eclipse, our minds are focused on these themes as well, and Bach gives us music by which to meditate on the upheavals that shake our universe and cause […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: August 19, 2017 (Joel 2:31 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.” The sun will be turned to darkness…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. • Joel […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (9)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Nine 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. ✥ There’s an […]

The Ark Encounter- A Ship to Nowhere

The Ark Encounter- A Ship to Nowhere By Mike the Geologist The Ark Encounter and Answers in Genesis have been in the news recently.  Jim Kidder reports : The Ark Encounter opened on July 7, 2016 to much fanfare.  Ken Ham declared that he expects over two million visitors the first year.  Ticket prices are set […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (3)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Three: Drawn to the Religionless These first few posts in this series are autobiographical, tracing my journey as a minister within the world of evangelicalism. I’m doing this with the goal of putting some “flesh” on the subject. In posts to come, we’ll look at some […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (2)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Two: A World Between Sundays In part one, I said that my first congregational ministry experience changed something inside me and made me more open to the work of pastoral care. However, I must also admit that a battle about this raged inside me when I […]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (1)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part One: The Birth of a Pastor I have been serving as a hospice chaplain for almost thirteen years now, so my daily work involves visiting those who are in the final season of life, along with their families, friends, and caregivers. Before that, I was in […]

9th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • “Bach Cantata BWV 105 is one of his gigantic masterpieces” (Craig Smith). It is also a work that vividly describes the experience of Anfechtungen that was so much a part of Martin Luther’s spiritual experience. Dr. Chris Armstrong described an Anfechtung, a sharp sense of spiritual abandonment and despair Luther often […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: August 12, 2017 — Special Nuclear Annihilation 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.” SPECIAL NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION EDITION The main news event of this week featuring (nuclear) warlike language from Washington and Pyongyang will dominate […]