October 22, 2017

The New Liturgical Gangstas (4)

Today, we present the fourth installment renewing IM’s popular feature, “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion involving representatives from different liturgical traditions who will be answering questions regarding theology and church practice. Lord willing, the Gangstas will appear near the end of each month to share with our IM audience. Today two of our Gangstas […]

And One Final List of Christmas Favorites

Yesterday, Jeff and I posted lists of some favorite Christmas albums. Music is such an important part of the Advent and Christmas season! I got into a habit early in our adult life of buying Christmas CD’s as gifts to mark my wife’s November birthday (she loves music as much as I do), and so […]

…And a Few More Christmas Favorites

By Chaplain Mike In usual fashion, the Very Right Reverend Jeff Dunn has thrown down the gauntlet by posting five of his favorite Christmas music selections. You didn’t think I would keep quiet and not respond, did you? Actually, I’m going to give you two lists. Jeff focused on folk and contemporary expressions of seasonal […]

A Few Christmas Favorites

Christmas is a season, not just a single day. Part of the fun of Christmas is celebrating the season with media we don’t usually consume the rest of the year. Books, movies, music all help to create a festive atmosphere in our homes. So I thought in this season I would share some of the […]

Building a Cradle for Jesus

By Chaplain Mike Where meek souls will Receive Him still The dear Christ enters in. • “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Brooks I am not good at working with my hands to fashion beautiful artistic creations. Never have been and probably never will be. I’m better with books and people and such, and have not […]

Living In the In-Between

By Chaplain Mike We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. • Hebrews 6:11-12 (NIV) I am […]

My Christmas Poet

By Chaplain Mike For years now, a favorite book in my library has been an old worn copy of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, published in 1904. A brief note in fountain pen ink inside the cover says that it was given as a Christmas gift in 1908, and a sticker in the […]

Advent I—Fervent in Hope

By Chaplain Mike Text for Advent I—Isaiah 2:1-5 On each Sunday of Advent, we light a candle on the Advent Wreath, gradually turning darkness to light to mark the coming of Jesus. There is no universal liturgy attached to the candlelighting, but this year we will follow a common way of expressing its significance. The […]

Another Look: Evangelicalism and Special Seasons

By Chaplain Mike Note from CM: This article was originally posted on Dec. 2, 2009. As we prepare to mark Advent and Christmas again this year, I thought we might revisit it and discuss how our churches approach special seasons. When I ministered in suburban evangelical churches (nine years in one as worship pastor), there […]

Church Year Spirituality: Faith of Our Family

By Chaplain Mike When I was a pastor in local non-denominational congregations, I found it difficult to maintain a sense of cohesion and togetherness within the church’s program. Each church, of course, had its own traditions, and they created a certain level of family identity and oneness. But I’m talking about something deeper than when […]