July 22, 2018

family. unique characteristics of each.

By Chaplain Mike In our consideration of God’s common grace gift of family this week, I keep coming back to this sentence: “Bottom line, life is about how we deal with the family stuff, what we do with it, where we run from it, how we get reconciled to it.” Today, we break down “the […]

Another Look: The Family (a trilogy)

By Chaplain Mike Originally posted in April, 2010 • • • THE FAMILY (A Trilogy) I. The Younger Here I am, father, at the eleventh hour once more, Reaper’s scythe poised to harvest fruit of seeds I’ve sown. Shamefaced, knowing full well the paucity of yield, I slump low with downcast eyes, near resigned to […]

A Family Story from The Book of God

Today, a story about the family, by Walter Wangerin. • • • Soon after the destruction of Sodom, Abraham struck camp and traveled south into the Negev. Near Gerar he found new pasture for his flocks, so he stayed a while. In the fall he and his men sheared the sheep, causing a daylong bawling […]

It Always Comes Back to Family

By Chaplain Mike Last year I took a bunch of folders and manila envelopes filled with papers from my father’s efforts to do some genealogical work on our family. I’ve been wanting to pick up on it, especially with the resources available now on the internet, but I have not gotten to it yet. There […]

Mike Bell: How My Parents Broke the Mold

By Michael Bell Quick, think of a stereotypical Evangelical. What attributes come to mind? Here are some that you might have come up with. Anti-Union No Movies Lack of concern for the environment Driven by consumerism Homogeneous Complimentarian King James Version only (for some) Dispensational Young Earthers No Alcohol I used the word stereotypical, because, […]

The Third Time, It’s a Charmer

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: We have a name. Ladies and gents, meet Veda Rae! New baby girl in the Mercer family arrived today. 5 lbs, 5 oz, all doing well. Grandpa recuperating. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully […]

A Good Weekend

NOTE: Sorry it took me awhile to get to comments and clean out the spammers today. If your response comment got deleted, it’s because the whole thing was just too weird to try and explain. Sigh… What is your definition of a “good weekend”? How about this? I traveled to my favorite city in the […]

iMonk Classic: Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Domestic Abuse?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 17, 2009 From Kentucky.com, following a high profile murder that followed a high profile history of domestic abuse: The news reports of the recent death of Amanda Ross, allege that she was a victim of domestic violence. Based on statistics, it is likely domestic violence is happening […]

“My Lord Katie”

By Chaplain Mike If someone wanted to do an intriguing Hollywood historical drama about a strong woman, holding her own in momentous times, he or she could do worse than to produce a film about Katharina von Bora, the nun who became Martin Luther’s wife. Today, December 20, she is commemorated by Lutherans on their […]

Rachel Held Evans Is Going “Biblical”

By Chaplain Mike Friend of IM Rachel Held Evans has announced the project that she will be undertaking over the course of the coming year, which will result in her next book. Right now, she’s calling it “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” I will let her introduce it via this video: The book won’t be […]