May 28, 2017

Threescore and ? — Beginning the last lap

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. • Psalm 90:10, KJV • • • Well, I’ve gone and done it. Used up my threescore. Today […]

What about THIS “cutting edge”?

What are churches in the U.S. doing to advance this “cutting edge” ministry? Census data tells the story. From 2000 to 2010, those people age 45 to 64 (the boomers) increased 31.5%. The next highest increase was those 65+, who increased over the same period by 15.1% (source: US Census at www.census.gov/2010census/) It is projected 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 […]

What I Wish I Knew My First 50 Years

Turning 51 is really nothing special. Last year was a milestone–5-0. Last year was a party in the backyard, friends coming from all over to celebrate, gifts and cakes and all-day fun. This year is cutting grass, cleaning the garage and working on iMonk site stuff that is overdue. Hey, it has to be done […]

Courage The Cowardly Christian

“Hello, my name is Jeff, and I am a spiritual coward.” (Chorus) “Hi, Jeff.” This is me, a spiritual coward. It is not easy for me to admit this, and many who know me might question the accuracy or sincerity of this tag. But it’s most certainly true. Those who know me may say, “But […]

Becoming A Dangerous Christian

Editor’s note: Lisa Dye is a regular contributor to the Internet Monk community. We recently ran another post about the Dangerous God you might want to read in conjunction with this word from Lisa. Recently, two close friends and I hired a life coach to join us at a lake cabin for a weekend retreat. […]

On The Way To Being “The New Humanity”

C.S. Lewis, in one of the last chapters of Mere Christianity, says that the quality of life among the “new humanity” is such that those of us around them would know there was something different- otherworldly- at work. The spiritual life that they possessed was so different from the merely material, biological life we all […]

Sin and Sickness

There was a pear tree close to our own vineyard, heavily laden with fruit, which was not tempting either for its color or for its flavor. Late one night — having prolonged our games in the streets until then, as our bad habit was — a group of young scoundrels, and I among them, went […]

No Regrets: A Better Look At Life

Young folks in ministry. Adults living in regret. This is for you. There was a time, in the last decade, that I constantly and painfully struggled with regrets about various choices I’d made in my life. I regretted not finishing doctoral studies. (I made it 37 hours in and never finished the paper.) I regretted […]

Blogosphere Spirituality: An Assessment

I’m writing about spirituality these days. Yeah, I know how a lot of you feel about that word. So deal. We’re going to use it. We’re also going to use another word some of you don’t like: formation. Now that we’re good and grumpy, let’s go for a ride. I’ve been reflecting on the spiritual […]