February 11, 2016

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Randy Thompson: Jesus Christ or Jesus Caesar?

Note from CM: We’ll reflect on Ash Wednesday tomorrow, after I return home. Thanks to Randy Thompson for helping out with today’s post. • • • Jesus Christ or Jesus Caesar? An Open Letter to Senator Ted Cruz “Just spend a minute, saying, ‘Father God, please continue this awakening, continue this spirit of revival,’ Cruz […]

Randy Thompson: A Late Autumn Walk at Dusk

A Late Autumn Walk at Dusk By Randy Thompson Dusk is my favorite time for walking, when the sun has just set over the western hills so that the last light of the day slowly dims like embers of a fire going out. Night is ascendant, but, for a few minutes at least, it  is […]

Miguel Ruiz: Confessions of a Former “Worship Leader”

Thanks to Jonathan Aigner for letting us re-post this from his site, Ponder Anew. Jonathan writes the best blog about worship on the web, in my opinion, and I hope you’ll check out his articles regularly. Miguel Ruiz is one of our faithful readers and participants at Internet Monk. He really hits one out of […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: An Important Conversation – How Should We Think About the Bible as History?

An Important Conversation – How Should We Think About the Bible as History? by Fr. Stephen Freeman Fr. Freeman blogs at Glory to God for All Things • • • A recent conversation on the blog seemed worth a full article. The question centered around the problem of the historical character of the Biblical record. […]

Randy Thompson: That We Might Be Happy Together

Sometimes at Christmas we get so caught up with the magi, shepherds, and  the barnyard animals around the manger that we forget about the birth that the birth of Christ set into motion. Sometimes, the familiar nativity display so dominates our imagination that we forget the purpose of the One who was born. The One […]

Jan Richardson: This Luminous Darkness – Searching for Solace in Advent and Christmas

Note from CM: One of my favorite sites on our blogroll (listed as “J Richardson”) is Jan Richardson’s The Painted Prayerbook. Her art is evocative and profound, her love for the seasons of the Christian Year instructive, and her writing talent remarkable. She maintains several different sites, including a blog for Advent called, “The Advent Door: Entering […]

Jonathan Aigner: Ten reasons to follow the liturgical calendar

Note from CM: For this Jubilee Year of Mercy (which begins officially today), the Catholic Church has produced some excellent handbooks to help ministers and congregants focus on the theme of mercy. I found it interesting that the very first chapter of book one (called Celebrating Mercy), emphasized that the place to start was with a fresh […]

Randy Thompson: Thanksgiving – You can’t sell gratitude

Note from CM: We’re thankful for our friend, Randy Thompson, who, along with his wife Jill has a wonderful ministry of hospitality and grace in the beautiful mountains and woods of New Hampshire called Forest Haven. Forest Haven is a Christian organization whose purpose is to provide a rural, quiet place of healing hospitality and spiritual […]

Pete Enns: No Turning Back

No Turning Back: 5 Insights about the Old Testament from Modern Biblical Scholarship By Peter Enns Pete blogs at The Bible for Normal People • • • These 5 insights overlap a bit, but here they are. (1) The Old Testament is an ancient Near Eastern phenomenon.  A rather obvious point, perhaps, but worth putting at the top […]

A Guest Homily on the Second Chapter of James

Introductory Note:  Father Hollowell is pastor of two Catholic parishes in western Indiana, one of which I attend.  He delivered this homily recently, and I asked him to submit it to Internet Monk as a gentle statement of the relationship between faith and works – a heated issue in the Christian world in general, even […]