November 23, 2017

Archives for November 2017

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017 • • • A Prayer of Thanks (Updated for 2017) Thank you, Lord, In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… For life itself, the gift I take most for granted. For my baptism and introduction to the Gospel when, as an infant, all I could do was trust. For […]

Randy Thompson: A Sense of Sin and the Joy of Gratitude (Huh?)

A Thanksgiving Meditation for 2017 A Sense of Sin and the Joy of Gratitude (Huh?!) by Randy Thompson Thanks-giving is a by-product of a certain way of looking at life,  a way of looking that has eyes to see the goodness of God and  the goodness of God’s creation, coupled with the awareness that we […]

Daniel Jepsen: The Two Pietàs, Part 2

Yesterday’s post examined the spiritual aspect of Michelangelo’s great Roman Pietà. In particular, we noted how the two figures appear idealized [despite their sorrow], reflecting the Neo-Platonic ideals of beauty on earth reflecting God’s beauty; the beautiful figures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus are echoing the beauty of the Divine. Michelangelo was not striving […]

Daniel Jepsen: The Two Pietàs, part 1

In June of 1496 a 21-year-old sculptor arrived in Rome and within a month received a commission: a statue of the Roman wine god Bacchus, for Cardinal Raffaele Riario. However, the work was rejected by the cardinal, and the young sculptor began to look for another commission. Soon the French ambassador to the Holy See, […]

Trinity 26: Cantata & Sermon of the Week

Cantata BWV 192, “Nun danket alle Gott” (Now Thank We All Our God) Now all thank God with heart, mouth and hands; He does great things for us and all our purposes; He for us from our mother’s womb and childish steps countless great good has done and still continues to do.   • • […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: Nov 18, 2017 — Thanksgiving 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.” • • • THANKSGIVING 2017 UPDATES Around 50.9 million people in the United States will travel 50 miles or more […]

Another Look: The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life

It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How did we get here? We open our eyes and see that “old bowling ball the sun” careen over […]

Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes!  Chapter 6- Moving Beyond the Evolution vs. Creation Debate

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! Chapter 6- Moving Beyond the Evolution vs. Creation Debate By Denis O. Lamoureux In this chapter Denis asserts that there are at least five basic positions on the origin of the universe and life.  So we don’t have to be locked into only two positions and “either-or” thinking.  They […]

My Evangelical Hangover: Praying for Stuff

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. • Philippians 4:6 (NLT) • • • My Evangelical Hangover Praying for Stuff Hi. I’m Mike and for a long time I lived and served in the world of evangelicalism. Now I practice my faith in the Lutheran tradition (the original “evangelicals”). But I’m talking about American […]

Another Look: The Great Divide

To the bath and the table, To the prayers and the word, I call every seeking soul. • Inscribed on a church bell in Wisconsin * * * I did a couple of talks at my church recently, discussing my transition from evangelicalism to the Lutheran tradition. As I talked, words from several iMonk commenters […]