July 21, 2018

How CCM Sanitizes the Wilderness

Last year, I did a brief series on the seasons of spiritual experience. One of those seasons we called, “Disorientation.” This is another way of describing what it is like to be in the wilderness. In that post I wrote about the kinds of songs we can sing as God’s people to accurately reflect our […]

Waste and Void: Tornadoes in S. Indiana

Some of you may have seen images on the news of the devastating damage and destruction wrought by storms and tornadoes in southern Indiana. One town, Marysville, IN, was completely leveled. I reprint some of the photos today (source: Indianapolis Star) to remind us to pray for those who lost family members and neighbors, homes, […]

iMonk Classic: The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism (2)

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism, part 2 A classic Michael Spencer iMonk post from Nov. 2008 NOTE: On Sundays in Lent, we will run these classic essays from Michael Spencer on the evangelical wilderness. I am continuing my series on the unresolved tensions of evangelicalism. Today, I want […]

Signs of Spring in a Midwestern Winter

Nouwen on Ministry and the Wilderness

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Nouwen on Ministry and the Wilderness The question with which I started this exploration of desert spirituality and contemporary ministry was: “How can we minister in an apocalyptic situation?” In a period of history dominated by the growing fear of a world that cannot be won and an […]

Wilderness Remix

One interesting feature of the Hebrew Bible is its use of doublets — stories that duplicate others. Well known narratives such as the creation, Noah and the flood, and Abraham passing off Sarah as his half-sister are not just told once, but twice. This used to be seen as evidence for multiple sources behind the […]

Wandering the Wilderness of Falsity

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Wandering the Wilderness of Falsity “Our false selves are the identities we cultivate in order to function in society with pride and self-possession; our real selves are a deep religious mystery, known entirely only to God.”—Thomas Merton I don’t know why this is such revelation to me. You’d think a […]

In The Desert, You Can Remember Your Name

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name In a tradition dating from at least as far back as the 7th century, Irish religious practice acknowledged a division of three martyrdoms: the red, the white, and the green.  Drawing from the established tradition of the Church about the […]

Jesus in the Wilderness (Video)

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness A Video of Jesus in the Wilderness I came upon this evocative video through a link by Tod Bolsinger on Facebook. The illustrations are wonderfully simple, the story profound. Take a few moments today and join Jesus in the wilderness.

The Wilderness of Life Under the Law

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness The Wilderness of Life Under the Law • • • Proposition One: The word “Torah” (often translated “law”) means “a father’s instruction” — it was given to teach God’s people about God’s ways and how to walk in God’s wisdom. Proposition Two: The Torah (the first five books […]