November 22, 2017

Archives for September 2017

The IM Saturday Brunch: September 30, 2017

This weekend I am cloistering myself away at Gethsemani Abbey for silence, prayer, photography (another form of prayer), and writing. That means the table is yours this Saturday morning. Welcome to our Open Table edition of the brunch! Think of it as a pot-luck, or as they say in Indiana, a pitch-in. That means you bring […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (15)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Fifteen: I’m a citizen of heaven, but heaven is not my home • • • Philippians 3:17-4:1, The Kingdom NT So, my dear family, I want you, all together, to watch what I do and copy me. You’ve got us as a pattern of behavior; pay […]

A Rant on Christians and Psychology

A Rant on Christians and Psychology In the side bar of Recommended Readings at the Internet Monk site is an article from Christianity Today entitled, “Has Christian Psychology Lost Its Place at Southern Seminary?” which reports on the firing from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) of Dr. Eric Johnson.  Additional summaries may also be found […]

Let’s Discuss: Discernment

Let’s Discuss: Discernment On Friday, I’ll be heading south to pray with monks at Gethsemani for the weekend. My main purpose in going, besides spiritual refreshment, is to take advantage of the silence to work on a project about Spiritual Discernment. Before I go, I thought I’d ask for my fellow iMonks’ input. Consider this […]

In the Spirit, in community, with an ear well trained

Here’s another passage today from Henri Nouwen on the subject of spiritual discernment. By dipping deeply into the well of our own lives, we can discern the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives. Careful discernment remains our lifelong task. I can see no other way for discernment than a life in the Spirit, a […]

Sermon: It’s hard to live in a world where life isn’t fair

SERMON: Matthew 20:1-16 ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the […]

15th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Shout for joy to God in every land! All the creatures contained in heaven and earth must exalt his glory, and to our God we would now likewise bring an offering since in affliction and distress at all times he has stood by us. • Soprano […]

The IM Saturday Brunch Edition: September 23, 2017 — Planet X 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.” Today’s the day! Wow, it seems like only yesterday that today was the day — Remember THIS? But, no, really, I’m not […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (14)

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and […]

Feeding the Hungry

Feeding the Hungry Matthew 25:34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat… Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you […]