October 17, 2018

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II

Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II by J. Michael Jones The Implications of our View on the Material on our View of Nature. While Platonic Dualism found a welcoming home within the Church, the Rousseauian view of nature (I’m using nature here as a sub category under material) has completely swept western […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part I

Note from CM: Today we welcome yet another “Mike” to our group of iMonk authors. J. Michael Jones. Mike blogs at J. Michael Jones, where you can also find information about his books. Here is a brief bio: J. Michael Jones lives with his wife, Denise, in Anacortes, Washington. They have five grown children. For […]

Another Look: A Favorite Hymn — This Is My Father’s World

Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite hymns has been, “This Is My Father’s World”, by Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock. I’m sure what first caught my attention was its lovely melody, which is said to have been adapted from an English folk tune by Franklin L. Sheppard. This hymn (or poem as […]

Another Look: The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life

It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How did we get here? We open our eyes and see that “old bowling ball the sun” careen over […]

Fridays with Damaris: The Surrounding Fields

The Surrounding Fields By Damaris Zehner The house where I live is on a three-acre square of land.  One side of the square faces a barely paved county road; the other three are surrounded by farm fields owned by a farmer who lives nearby.  My family enjoys this setting.  It’s quiet.  The nearest traffic is […]

Fridays with Damaris: My Vegetable Love

My Vegetable Love By Damaris Zehner Although I’m sometimes reluctant to go out and work in the garden – I don’t want to get dirty, it’s hot and humid, there’s an overwhelming amount to do – I am always astonishingly happy when I do.  I begin by pulling weeds or hoeing with mechanical efficiency; soon […]

La Mer

We’ll resume our Tuesday “Civil Religion” series next week. I’ve been taking a few days of R & R down in Florida and thought I’d share a few pics with you today. These have not been through final editing, but I think you’ll get the idea of how beautiful and refreshing these days have been. […]

Randy Thompson: A Late Autumn Walk at Dusk

A Late Autumn Walk at Dusk By Randy Thompson Dusk is my favorite time for walking, when the sun has just set over the western hills so that the last light of the day slowly dims like embers of a fire going out. Night is ascendant, but, for a few minutes at least, it  is […]

“The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life”

This is our hope: Words emerge from silence, the silence remains. • Wendell Berry • • • It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 26, 2015

Note from CM: You will find a link to the HubbleSite in our Links list as well as in this post. I encourage you to go there often and “consider the heavens.”  • • • One of my life-long loves is astronomy. I’ve owned some very nice telescopes, and I’ve spent many a clear, cold […]