July 16, 2018

About Mike Bell

Why I am an Ally – Part 6 – When your views don’t match

Welcome to part six in the series.  If you would like to catch up on other posts in this series, or on anything else I have written, Internet Monk keeps them all here. When your views don’t match Two weeks ago we had some questions from JohnB. I rephrased his questions and put them so […]

Made in Canada, eh? “Respect” and a Summer Jobs Program

This is somewhat old news, but a story that Internet Monk readers may find interesting. The government of Canada had a complaint they had to deal with: If they were as committed to women’s rights as they claimed, then why were they allowing grant money for summer jobs to go to funding graphic protests at […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 5 – My Conversation with Geoff

Welcome to part five in the series.  If you would like to catch up on other posts in this series, or on anything else I have written, Internet Monk keeps them all here. My Conversation with Geoff Six years ago I received Birthday greetings from Geoff, a former work colleague. He wrote: Michael, Happy Birthday. […]

Made in Canada, eh? My Rights

Episode 2: Today’s post comes from the pen of Dennis Maione. Dennis and I have been friends for over 25 years, from the days when we attended seminary together. He is a multiple author, including a book we reviewed here on Internet Monk, Pastor, has survived cancer twice, and was once spotted finishing an Ironman […]

Made in Canada, eh?

Episode 1: Today I am introducing a new occasional series. “Made in Canada, eh?” This will be a sometimes humorous, sometimes serious look at events in Canada that should be of interest to our American and international readers. Sometimes we may even foray into dangerous terrritory and take a look at American events from a […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 4

A Look at Leviticus 18 and Act 15. In the last three posts we introduced some of the people I have met in my life journey, discussed Romans 1 & 2, and looked at the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Today we want to take a rather different look at Leviticus 18 and Acts 15. […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 3

If you are new to this series you might want to jump back in and read Part 1, where I talk about some of my personal interactions, or Part 2, where I discuss Romans 1 (and 2). Thank you to everyone who posted comments. They have definitely enriched the posts. One of my paragraphs in […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 2

A First Look at the Biblical Text Last week we were introduced to Craig, Steve, Bill, and Geoff, friends of mine that I have interacted with over the years. This was a reminder to all of us that when we enter into these discussions, there are real people at the other end. Craig and Bill […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 1

Why now? Why did I pick this time to publicly declare that I am an ally to the LGBTQ community? There are a number of reasons: In the last number of years I have seen an increasing rise of hate on social media aimed towards homosexuals and other marginalized people. This hate has come primarily […]

The gospels according to James and Thomas – an exercise in understanding oral tradition

Let me introduce you to William Robert Bell, my Irish great grandfather.  He died of the what was then called the Spanish Flu that swept the world in 1918, one hundred years ago.  He was 38 at the time.  He was married to Sarah Jane Gordon, and had three children, Ria, Thomas (my Grandfather), and […]