September 22, 2018

Why Jesus? (2)

By Chaplain Mike Will Willimon’s excellent book, Why Jesus?, is an extended meditation on the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Gospels. Taken together, allowed to speak with their delightful peculiarities, these earliest witnesses to Jesus give us a trustworthy, irreplaceable rendition of him, the most interesting person in […]

Why Jesus? (1)

By Chaplain Mike I’m eagerly diving into a new book by one of America’s great preachers, William Willimon. It’s called Why Jesus? I can’t wait to share with you my reflections as I read. For this morning, here his opening words, which contain enough for a full day’s contemplation: Why Jesus? Because he is the […]

A Favorite Children’s Advent/Christmas Book

By Chaplain Mike My entry for a recommended Christmas book is one we read for our children when they were young. It was written by one of my favorite authors, a woman renowned in children’s literature: Madeleine L’Engle. Her award-winning book, A Wrinkle in Time, is a classic that still captures my imagination. L’Engle’s Christmas […]

Some More Of My Favorite Things

I like books. Ok, so that’s not exactly a revelation to those who know me. Saying “I like books” is kind of like saying Dagwood likes sandwiches. I have, well, let’s just say I have a few books. If by “few” we mean “a few thousand,” then we’re on the right track. So it came […]

Ben Hur and the Nativity

Guest Post by Andy Zehner The readers of iMonk can, I’m sure, give a very good account of the theology of the Incarnation and the fulfillment in Christ of Messianic prophesies. Many can recite the second chapter of Luke from “And it came to pass in those days . . .” to “But Mary kept […]

Mark Galli Uncovers Our Mixed Motives

By Chaplain Mike Mark Galli is one of those writers that seems to have insight into my soul. Almost every article or book of his that I read resonates deeply within me. Case in point, his current article in CT, “Insignificant Is Beautiful,” in which Galli asks the question, “Why exactly do we want to […]

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 […]

Mourning and Grieving in Community

By Chaplain Mike Note: The following is a transcript of a talk I gave to our hospice team a few years ago. As I promised earlier this week, we will be having several posts on the subject of grief and caring for the bereaved in the next short while. This particular piece shows one of […]

Voices of Friends around the Web

By Chaplain Mike On the sidebar of Internet Monk, we have an extensive and ever-growing list of friends’ blogs and good websites. We encourage you to check them out. We think you’ll agree that they are worth your while. In this post, I will survey a few interesting items I’ve read on some of them […]

Christianity’s Forgotten Man

Allow me to relate two recent incidents as a way of introduction to this book review. The first was on a recent Sunday morning in a church associated with a popular Christian movement (they do not want to be called a “denomination”) located in the midwest. The man who preached is a well-known missionary, a […]