April 1, 2015

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Holy Week 2015: Glorified (Rob Grayson)

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” • John 12:23 According to John’s gospel, Jesus utters these words shortly after entering Jerusalem at the beginning of this holiest and darkest of weeks. The atmosphere is heavy with speculation that Jesus could be the one to spearhead the revolution that will finally throw off […]

Randy Thompson: Religious Virtuosity — The Spiritual Life on Automatic Pilot 

Growing up is, among other possibilities, a process of learning how to do things. We learn to walk and talk, to tie our shoes, and to tell the difference between the men’s room and the ladies’ room. Much of what happens later in life builds on such foundational skills. For example, we learn to drive […]

Tokah: On the Sunday of Forgiveness

It is my second favorite day of the year, the Sunday of Forgiveness, also known as Cheesefare Sunday. We gather for the Forgiveness Vespers in the evening, candlelight dancing in front of paintings of those who have walked this path before us. Vespers starts normally enough, until we come to the prayer, “Vouchsafe, O Lord”. This prayer is […]

Steve Brown: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Note from CM: Thanks to our friend Steve Brown for giving us permission to re-post this spot-on, to-the-point devotional about grace. Relish this. This is the good stuff. • • • Confession: In my lifetime, I’ve believed and taught some pretty dumb things. One of them: If you memorize Scripture, pray a lot and do religious […]

Tokah’s Journey, part 2: Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions

Note from CM: Thanks to Tokah for this fine follow-up to her post in December. If you didn’t get to read it then, or would like to review her story, you can read part one HERE. • • • Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions by Tokah Last month, I had the privilege of […]

Jonathan Aigner: But contemporary worship brings people to Jesus! Right…?

Reposted with permission from Jonathan Aigner, Ponder Anew • • • Consider this comment I received on the “Modernized Hymns” post. I have tried to avoid God my whole life. I wouldn’t know a traditional hymn from a modernized hymn. I’ve never even stepped foot into a church…until this past Sunday. The people on stage […]

Daniel Grothe: A Pastor’s Midnight Musings

A Pastor’s Midnight Musings By Daniel Grothe It’s midnight, and my wife and three kids are sound asleep. Another Sunday night walk is in the books. I’m a pastor; that’s what I do. Yes, today was the day, the Lord’s Day, the one day each week when Christians from the four winds of our city […]

Rob Grayson: The night before Christmas revisited

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land The people were stooped under Rome’s mighty hand; They clung to the hope their oppression would end As they looked for a king they believed God would send. They read in their books what the prophets foretold: A Messiah would save them, as promised of […]

Tokah’s Journey

Note from CM: Tokah is a friend. She has been a faithful reader and commenter here on IM for several years, and we’ve had the chance to meet and enjoy a meal together. Tokah has a unique life-perspective that has enriched this blog, from her participation in an Orthodox congregation to her physical challenges. A […]

Andy Zehner: How to win an argument . . . like a Christian

Note from CM:  Andy and Damaris Zehner have been good friends for many years, and I have participated in any number of vigorous, vibrant conversations with them about matters of faith and life. iMonk readers have the privilege of reading Damaris regularly, today here’s a re-post of something Andy contributed back in 2011. • • […]