February 8, 2016

Epiphany V: An Introduction to Lent by Mark D. Roberts

A reader wrote this week and asked for basic information about Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. I couldn’t think of a better introduction than this piece by Mark D. Roberts, who blogs at Patheos. • • • How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts […]

Epiphany IV: God, everywhere present, filling all things

Epiphany IV God, everywhere present, filling all things Today, words from Fr. Stephen Freeman on the “one-storey universe.” That is, he is talking, from an Orthodox perspective, about the sacramental nature of reality. As the Apostle Paul said in Athens: The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of […]

Adam McHugh: A resolution to listen to the seasons

A resolution to listen to the seasons Adapted from The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction, by Adam McHugh • • • In Southern California seasons are largely a state of mind. Annual weather patterns here follow the retail calendar: we have summer, and we have Christmas. If you close your eyes […]

Nouwen: With Open Hands (1)

I would like to take a few days to discuss some ideas on prayer from Henri Nouwen’s book, With Open Hands. Before we begin, I would encourage you, if possible, to get a copy. It is available for only $0.99 on Kindle right now if you have the ability to read ebooks. Click on the […]

Eugene Peterson on Trinity

Trinity is the most comprehensive and integrative framework that we have for understanding and participating in the Christian life. Early on in our history, our pastors and teachers formulated the Trinity to express what is distinctive in the revelation of God in Christ. This theology provides an immense horizon against which we can understand and […]

Eugene Peterson on Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

The Christian community is interested in spirituality because it is interested in living. We give careful attention to spirituality because we know, from long experience, how easy it is to get interested in ideas of God and projects for God and gradually lose interest in God alive, deadening our lives with ideas and the projects. […]

Open Forum: What are iMonks reading?

Note from CM: We are devoting this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Today will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 What have you been reading lately? What has caught your interest and attention that you would like to share […]

Bringing Ultimate Harmony to Creation

Eschatology Week Part 5: Bringing Ultimate Harmony to Creation Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past Part 3: Jesus’ Future Presence Part 4: Setting the World Right I believe . . . He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • The Apostles’ Creed • […]

Setting the World Right

Eschatology Week Part 4: Setting the World Right Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past Part 3: Jesus’ Future Presence I believe . . . He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • The Apostles’ Creed • • • When we think of […]

Jesus’ Future Presence

Eschatology Week Part 3: Jesus’ Future Presence Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past I believe . . . He will come again. • The Apostles’ Creed • • • Chapter 8 in N.T. Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope, “When He Appears,” is perhaps the sanest, most refreshing […]