September 21, 2018

About Mike Bell

Escaping the Wilderness: Part III – A square peg in a round hole

Suddenly alone, in an old familiar place. As I look around, all I see are the new faces. Scared of reaching out Filled with fear and doubt I was never good at making friends Sometimes it’s like trying to mend The edges of a frayed piece of cloth I don’t think that I fit in. […]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part Two – Looking back

I am about to exit what we call the Post-Evangelical Wilderness. I think. Over the next few Fridays I will be recounting parts of my journey both from the distant past, as well as from the recent past. I will also be discussing where I am heading and why. As a way of further introduction […]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 1 – The canoe trip

It is good to be back writing an Internet Monk again after a much needed two week writing break. I wrote back in July that I was hoping to do one more canoe trip this year. Well, a few weeks ago I finally got the broken thwarts on my canoe repaired and took to the […]

Why I am an Ally – My View

Well, it has been an interesting few Fridays discussing this topic. After much deliberation I have decided to wrap it up with this post. Thank you for all the feedback and all the comments. Thank you also to my Pastoral friends who took the time to give me their thoughts. I apologize that I have […]

Made in Canada, Eh? The announcement edition.

It is time for another “Made in Canada, Eh?” This week the announcement edition, some of the items from across Canada that have caught my attention recently. So without much further ado, here is what is making news in the frozen north. 1. Still working on my final post for the Ally series, hope to […]

Ambassadors Not Antagonists

Next weekend I am going on a canoe trip down the mighty Mississauga river. This week I realized that I had a canoe that needed fixing. So as the best laid plans of mice and men can go awry, today’s post is quite different from what was originally planned. That being said, it does dovetail […]

Why I am an Ally – Ministry That Helps

I have been blessed with a significant number of friends who are, or have been, Pastors and leaders within their churches. These are men and women that I respect and hold in high regard. Most of them are Canadian, and most of them are what I would term “moderate evangelicals”. My moderate I would mean […]

There is a Boat in my Backyard too

The Ally series will continue next week One of Michael Spencer’s most poignant posts was about a boat that sat in his backyard, a constant reminder of the relationship that he did not have with his father.   There is a boat in my backyard too. A sixteen foot, red fiberglass canoe. We bought it 40 […]

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 […]