May 24, 2017

Waiting to Live

Most of my life, I’ve been waiting to live. The pattern has been like this: seasons of thinking about what it means to live and waiting to live and hoping to live, interrupted by moments of living. I’ve spent most of my days thinking about life, pondering what will enable me to live. Hoping for […]

The Path Is Made by Walking

Traveller, your footprints Are the path and nothing more; Traveller, there is no path, The path is made by walking. By walking the path is made And when you look back You’ll see a road Never to be trodden again. • Antonio Machado “We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even […]

Psalms Week: Lives Built Around Praying the Psalms

My primary (and very limited) experience with praying the Psalms communally is with the Trappist monks at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. They pray the Psalms seven times a day, and cover the entire Psalter every two weeks. So you can imagine that the words and sentiments of the Psalms have become part of the very […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: 3/17/17

From a 2009 post by Michael Spencer The following is from a 2008 interview with Richard Foster: What is the discipline that you think we need to be exploring more at this point? Solitude. It is the most foundational of the disciplines of abstinence, the via negativa. The evangelical passion for engagement with the world is […]

Andrew Perriman: Who is being transformed into the image of Christ? Not me

Note from CM: I read the following, fascinating post over at Andrew Perriman’s always interesting and thought-provoking blog, and asked his permission to have us discuss it here at Internet Monk. I think it’s a good one to consider during Lent. • • • Who is being transformed into the image of Christ? Not me by […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 3, 2017

Note from CM: Michael went through a period swimming in the post-evangelical stream of neo-Calvinism. This excerpt is from a 2006 post in which he expressed appreciation for one Reformed writer (Don Whitney) who stood out in advocating that Reformed Christians pursue a vibrant devotional life. Michael saw that such teaching was rare in Reformed circles, […]

Daniel Jepsen: Loving God According to our Personality

Loving God According to our Personality By Daniel Jepsen I struggled with this title; the term personality is more elastic than a spandex jumpsuit, and the phrase loving God is not much more definitive.  But my main point is this: We rightly express our devotion to God differently than other people because of the unique […]

Merton Week: Ora et Labora

• • • I asked Reverend Father what made Brother [Gregory, who had just died] so saintly. I don’t know what kind of answer I was hoping to get. It would have made me happy to hear something about a deep and simple spirit of prayer, something about unsuspected heights of faith, purity of heart, […]

Merton: A Path So Mundane, Can It Really Be?

• • • The simplest and most effective way to sanctity is to disappear into the background of ordinary everyday routine. • Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas

One of God’s Better Stories

I have to admit, I loved being a part of the story I posted yesterday. It was a great privilege to know Lenny and Frances, and their lives inspire me. I got a sense from the comments that we all feel admiration for people like them — folks who seem to model Jesus’ teachings about […]