March 28, 2017

Our Terrestrial Hope

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done: Jesus Who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heav’n be one. – Malt­bie D. Bab­cock The world into which we shall […]

Matthew B. Redmond: The Apostle Paul or the Person in the Pew?

Note from CM: Matthew B. Redmond is a good friend of Internet Monk. He has written for us on this week’s subject, and we have reviewed his book, which holds up as one of the finest, most needed books in recent years. See the links below for those posts. Matthew B. Redmond: The God of […]

What Matters: Baptism and Vocation

Thus they made men believe that the profession of monasticism was far better than Baptism. . . . . . . Furthermore, the precepts of God and the true service of God are obscured when men hear that only monks are in a state of perfection. For Christian perfection is to fear God from the […]

iMonk Classic: On Being Too God-Centered

Note from CM: This week we will be exploring some themes related to the idea of “ordinary Christianity” or “quiet Christianity” — what Michael called here, “Christian humanism.” This essay will provide a good introduction to the week. Read also: Interesting column on the paradoxes of Calvinism. Udo Middleman on “The Islamization of Christianity.” * […]

The Bible Does Not Speak to That

By Chaplain Mike The other day I was reading a blog that will remain unnamed. I’m not interested in interacting personally with the author or “answering” his post. I simply want to use his take on a particular subject as an illustration to make a point here today. That point is: The Bible simply does […]

Enjoy Today! (It’s a command)

Now when the Lord your God blesses you with a good harvest, the place of worship he chooses for his name to be honored might be too far for you to bring the tithe. If so, you may sell the tithe portion of your crops and herds, put the money in a pouch, and go […]

Profoundly Human

By Chaplain Mike In this morning’s Gospel lesson, we heard a story from Jesus’ lips about how the trappings of religion can keep us far from God. Oddly, the benefits of the religious life that enhance our thoughts, words, and actions, that re-order our relationships and priorities and bring us new purpose and direction, can […]

The Masks of God

By Chaplain Mike For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance […]

Humane Resources

No one likes whining.  I’ll try not to whine.  I realize that if you speak out against mistreatment on others’ behalf, it’s justice.  If you speak out on your own behalf, it’s whining.  But maybe I can see the bottom of the boot better from down here and describe it more accurately.  If that’s whining, […]

Christians Need More Enemies

A word from Chaplain Mike: This is the first of what I hope will be many posts by good friend Damaris Zehner. Thanks, Damaris! We Christians ought to have more enemies. This post is not about fat and happy Christians needing more suffering to test their faith. It’s not about standing up for what we […]