November 26, 2014

Another Look: Who and What Are Forming You?

A classic IM post by Michael Spencer from April, 2007. Every time I feel like I have lost my way in the Christian life, I find myself back looking at monasticism, and the lessons I learned in two decades of reading Thomas Merton. I’m not attracted to Catholicism, but I am very much attracted to […]

Marci Alborghetti: Sanctity of Life and the Death Penalty

Note from CM: I’m happy to introduce a guest author today, one who comes to us by way of our friend Jeff Dunn. Her name is Marci Alborghetti, and she is the author of several books. Marci’s most recent titles, People of the Nativity: Living the Christmas Story Then and Now, and Being the Body […]

Goodbye, Angry Young Prophet?

In the last year or two, I have been deeply convicted by God that my angry-young-prophet days are over, to be replaced by a helpful, Bible-teaching spiritual father. Those closest to me have said they recognize a deep change, which has been encouraging because I hope to continually be sanctified by God’s grace. I understand […]

Losing The War Part Two—Hell On The Installment Plan

      This post is about the sin of acedia.  It is known by a lot of other names, none of which entirely capture or circumscribe this sin; ennui, anomie, alienation, despondency, carelessness, boredom, but the Fathers who describe it called it by its Greek name, acedia.  It is an old word. meaning literally […]

The Homily

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1, NIV) About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli,Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Matthew 27:46, NIV). Breakfast at the Savoy this […]

Saturday Ramblings 8.10.13

Hot enough for you, iMonks? I’m thinking football. Why football in August? Two reasons. It’s hot here in Tulsa, and football means cooler weather. Well, ok, not until halfway through the season, but still. The other reason? My Cincinnati Reds are in the fast lane cruising toward Sucksville, so it is about time for me […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Forgiveness of Sins

The following is an small excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  Michael Spencer’s thoughts on Mark Chapter 2 are edited by Scott Lencke. If you would like to be contacted when Michael Spencer’s book is available for purchase, drop us a note […]

A Modern Bestiary, Part One

The parking lot of a suburban Central Florida community college was the last place I ever expected to find a peacock, and yet there he was, picking about the dumpster like a rooster and gobbling down stray grains. Looking back in retrospect I probably should have called security and found out where the poor bird had escaped […]

The Apophaticism Of Persons

I discovered the yellow, fading newspaper clipping at the bottom of a box of my father’s papers after he passed away.  “Local Kissimmee girl wins Beauty Pageant.”  The clipping was from the Orlando Evening Star from March 1947, and it stated that Miss Emma Mae Scoggins of Kissimmee, Florida won a local beauty pageant and […]

Why Mark?

While doing some Internet searches about a year and a half ago I realized that Michael Spencer had left us a treasure trove of material that he had compiled on the gospel of Mark. There were many written Bible studies and blog posts that he posted online on the topic of Mark, some dating back […]