October 23, 2017

Boxing Day – And Another Ancestor Story

Only 100 years ago the number of people who died from disease was staggering. In 1918 the so called “Spanish Flu” swept the world killing an estimated 50-100 million people. At that time that represented three to five percent of the world’s population. Among the dead, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was my Great-grandfather William Robert […]

My Ancestors’ (not so great) Interaction with the Church (Part 2 – Dress Code Excommunication)

My Grandmother, Lois Grace Frey, was an extraordinary women. Her parents were pioneering missionaries to Africa with the Brethren in Christ in 1905. The Brethren in Christ were a branch of the Mennonite tree, with Wesleyan influences. My Great-grandfather, Harvey Jacob Frey, founded Mtshabezi mission in what is now known as Zimbabwe where he established […]

For my wife on our 36th wedding anniversary

A poem by Wendell Berry . . . OVER THE EDGE To tell a girl you loved her — my God! — that was a leap off a cliff, requiring little sense, sweet as it was. And I have loved many girls, women too, who by various fancies of my mind have seemed loveable. But […]

How I Became an… Egalitarian

Update from CM: Comments are now closed. Update from Mike Bell: I was so disappointed with the tone and tenor of the comments, that rather than sifting through them and finding the few that actually interacted with the content of the post and contributed to the discussion, I decided to save myself the hours it […]

iMonk Classic: How My Wife’s Catholicism Has Changed Me For The Better: A Birthday Reflection

First posted in September, 2008. I got some nice things for my 52nd birthday. A new iPod. (Blue, 4th generation Nano. Be envious.) A book of Benedictine Daily Prayer. (I’m figuring it out.) Birthday cake (Oatmeal. Mmmm) with my wife, daughter and son-in-law. (Their rendition of Happy Birthday somehow made me feel I was boarding […]

11 Years of Same-Sex Marriage: A Canadian Perspective

In yesterday’s post Chaplain Mike asked “How do you envision your pastor, church, denomination, tradition responding to this new reality?” I have a slightly different perspective on this, as being in Canada I can look backwards to see has transpired.  In my home province of Ontario, same sex marriage has been legal for over eleven years. […]

The Balance Has Tipped

Comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for a good discussion. . . . It was a good week for same-sex marriage advocates. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions to review cases about the issue in states including Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But the effects are wider. Because the […]

David Cornwell: Why Christians Have Children

Moving beyond the obvious, have you given serious thought as to why we have children? What difference does it make that we are Christian? Did you and your spouse discuss this ahead of time? What part in your decision did, or will, the Church make?  Does your specific church have any teachings about this, and […]

My New Year’s Resolution – Work Life Balance (and a little more time resting in God)

I have have spent the last couple of days reflecting on work life balance. Or rather, my lack thereof. My apologies to those who have offered to help with Michael Spencer’s commentary on Mark. I keep meaning to get back to you, but this issue of work life balance is one of the things that […]

A Culture War Conundrum

Ah, here’s a tricky one. According to a report by Daniella Silva of NBC News: A federal judge has found key parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law to be unconstitutional, ruling in favor of a polygamous family known for their reality television show. While all 50 states across the nation have laws against bigamy, prohibiting people […]