August 22, 2014

Unholy Busyness

Unholy Busyness by Lisa Dye Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but because of what is proper and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction. — 1 Corinthians 7:35 My mother-in-law is 90 years old, works two part-time jobs, prays daily […]

Our Life and Witness: Local, Quiet, Pastoral

9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another. 10 Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more. 11 Make it your goal […]

Christian Wiman: Religious Despair as Defense

Note from CM: During my weekend at Gethsemani, some of the most insightful reading I did came from Christian Wiman’s luminous book, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. Here is one of the passages that gave me pause, for your meditation today. * * * Religious despair is often a defense against boredom […]

Another Look: Come to the Quiet

Note from CM: I will be going to The Abbey of Gethsemani in a couple of weeks for a few days of retreat. Having confirmed my reservation today, I was reminded of this simple invitation to silence from August, 2012. * * * Yet in our busy, noisy, overstimulating mission field of the world, it […]

The Good Scout and the Denial of Jesus’ Way

Note from CM: Before I write today’s post, I must say that yesterday’s discussion provides a superb example of why I love being part of Internet Monk. That was one of the most thoughtful and respectful conversations I’ve ever been privileged to witness. I had a busy day at work so wasn’t able to participate too […]

No Right Way Once and For All

What you must realize, what you must even come to praise, is the fact that there is no right way that is going to become apparent to you once and for all. The most blinding illumination that strikes and perhaps radically changes your life will be so attenuated and obscured by doubts and dailiness that […]

Facing Aging

The way of the righteous is like morning light that gets brighter and brighter till it is full day. – Proverbs 4:18 (CEB) Remember your creator in your prime,     before the days of trouble arrive,     and those years, about which you’ll say, “I take no pleasure in these”—     before the sun and the […]

How the Bible “Works” Today

In our discussion on Monday regarding Andrew Perriman’s views on eschatology, commenters asked some important questions about Perriman’s exegetical method and what it does to our understanding of the Bible. For example, Damaris wrote: Still, I see a problem in Perriman’s exegetical technique — if I’m understanding correctly: as I said above, the Bible becomes […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Sent Out

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are looking at a part of Michael Spencer’s writing and speaking on Mark 6. I accidentally skipped ahead and will be returning to Mark 5 next week.  The material being covered […]

Good News from Peter Rollins: God does not exist, is not sublime, and has no meaning

The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction By Peter Rollins Howard Books, 2013 – Part one of a two-part review and meditation * * * Peter Rollins thinks that much modern Christianity has become, in essence, idolatry. Today the “Good News” of Christianity operates with much the same logic. It is […]