February 19, 2018

My Outlook, My Faith, and My Hope

When people ask, “What do you believe?” I recite the Apostles’ Creed. In my opinion, there is no better summary of the gospel than that simple, narrative-oriented statement. This is my story. But I was thinking today that I might like to have a more personal statement, one that not only outlines the objective story […]

Thoughts on Faith and Doubt (while camping)

This week I started planning my yearly camping trip. Every year, at the end of August, I gather together family and friends and we depart on a wilderness canoe trip. I have been trekking into this one particular lake since I was three years old. Here are some memories from a previous year’s adventure: The […]

Random Thoughts about New Life, Church Life, the After Life, and the Myo

I have had this stream of consciousness going through my head this week about many of the discussions that have been going on at Internet Monk and elsewhere. Here are some of the things I have been thinking about. Feel free to join the conversation with whatever thought catches your fancy. 1. A recalled a […]

Making Belief Believable

“And there is … a type of modern man who can neither believe nor contain himself in unbelief and who searches desperately, feeling about in all experience for the lost God.” —Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners At Thanksgiving, some of us were sitting around discussing the crazy reality shows we’d watched recently. Naked and Afraid […]

The Journey Continues

Editor’s note:  I met Erick as a co-worker in a company where very few self-identified as Christians.  Erick however did.  It can be a difficult journey in our part of Canada.  Here is the latest installment in Erick’s story published this week.  He blogs at:  Sempiternal Being.  He has given me permission to share this […]

iMonk Classic: Worshiping the Missional God

From a classic post by Michael Spencer — June 2007 I’ve been thinking about how much we can know about God. In particular, how does a deeply missional God work the knowledge of himself into a life like mine? …I’m looking at Abraham, and I’m wondering what he knew about God and how that knowledge […]

Mistakes We Make about Faith

We mistakenly understand faith when we… Confuse having faith with having certainty. Forget Jesus said faith that is only the size of a mustard seed avails much. Fail to recognize how much our fears shape our faith. Think that having a hearty or mature faith means I have strong opinions about lots of different issues. […]

“A Hope for Some Glory Other than a Crown of Thorns”

As part of my studies, I am trying to wrap my mind around Alan E. Lewis’s fine book, Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday. You will be hearing much more about this book in days to come as we move through the Lenten season and Holy Week. For today, I will share […]

Swim Or Float? Guess What God Wants From Us

If you have read my essays over the last year or two, you will notice a common theme running through them. I am learning to trust God. Yes, after nearly 38 years as a Christian, I am finally learning to let go of my need to understand and trust the Lord. It has been a […]

Beggar of Bread

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” —Nikolai Berdyaev Recently, a friend visited our family one evening and stayed a long time. I baked cookies during his visit and felt triumphant over that considering I’d been sick for one week and had not bought groceries in nearly […]