February 28, 2017

Klasie Kraalogies: As Mist Before the Sun: The Slow Relief of Unbelief (2)

AS MIST BEFORE THE SUN: THE SLOW RELIEF OF UNBELIEF By Klasie Kraalogies Part 2 They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half as bad as a lot of ignorance • Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites ⎈ The great difficulty in telling a long and meandering story is knowing what […]

Klasie Kraalogies: As Mist Before the Sun: The Slow Relief of Unbelief

Note from CM: I invited one of our faithful readers and commenters to tell his story. Welcome Klasie today as he tells part one of his own journey into the post-evangelical wilderness. • • • AS MIST BEFORE THE SUN: THE SLOW RELIEF OF UNBELIEF By Klasie Kraalogies Part 1 If someone is able to […]

Another Look: Always the Road

⌖ Always the Road All my life I’ve thought one day this wandering will be past. One eureka moment! and I will be at home. A sweet oasis — fruitful, verdant, restful land — And I will smile, survey the scene, and settle down. There we will laugh and feast and play ’til dark Then lie within each other’s arms […]

Chris Kratzer: I’m Done: Why I’m Completely Walking Away From Church, Ministry, And Most Everything “Christian”

Note from CM: Today we hear from Chris Kratzer, who blogs at Putting into Words What Only Grace Is Brave Enough to Say. Chris, believe me, I understand. Thanks for letting us share a bit of your journey today. • • • I’m Done: Why I’m Completely Walking Away From Church, Ministry, And Most Everything […]

Limping to the Pulpit

This coming Sunday, I will be preaching in the congregation where I last served as a pastor. They are in good hands now, under the ministry of Pastor Dan, and I enjoy going back now and then to see folks. I love the people there, and it is always hard to find time to see everyone […]

Wrestling with Scripture

I was reading Walter Brueggemann’s book, An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible, today, and I came across this quote: ” “I suggest that a Christian reading of the Old Testament requires, in the present time, a recovery of the Jewishness of our ways of reading the text.” He goes on to suggest […]

Wilma’s Story

Note from CM: Earlier this year, I gained a new co-worker, a bright and personable hospice nurse named Wilma. When she told me her story and I read her book, I knew right away I wanted her to share it with our Internet Monk community. Wilma grew up in an Amish community. To many looking […]

Mike Bell: Some Thoughts on Change

Note from CM: Good to hear from our friend from the north country, Mike Bell, today. As remains the case for many of us, the ecclesiastical journey continues for Mike. Here’s his latest update. • • • Seventeen.  That is the number of churches that I have been involved in, each for more than a […]

Another Look: The Wilderness Within

They cannot scare me with their empty places Between stars — on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. • Robert Frost, “Desert Places” • • • One temptation is to think the wilderness is without — a place, a […]

Another Look: I can’t get no…

Dallas Willard once wrote: “It is spiritually formative to be dissatisfied and unable to resolve it.” Hmm. Read that again. Slowly. Again. Now let’s talk. My first thought is, I am not sure I have ever been anything other than “dissatisfied.” How about you? For people my age, dissatisfaction, restlessness, and ennui came as natural as breathing. […]