October 19, 2018

October Open Mic

October Open Mic Monday was a long day on the road and at the ballgame for me (and thus apologies for the long delay in approving system-moderated comments). At any rate, getting home late prevented me from putting a full-blown post together, so I’ll turn it over to you folks today. Play nice, and have […]

Open Mic: “The Bible teaches…?”

Open Mic: “The Bible teaches…?” Billy Graham was famous for making his preaching points by introducing them with the phrase, “The Bible says…” Every week, pastors and preachers tell their listeners and congregations, “The Bible teaches…” What do they mean by saying that? I invite you to an open forum discussion today on that question. […]

Your Top Three Hymns?

We’re going to riff off of Jonathan Aigner today. Over the weekend he noted a post by Chuck McKnight over at Hippie Heretic: “Top 25 Hymns of Progressive Christians.” Then, Jonathan asked his readers, from a more diverse theological and ecclesiastical background, to share some of theirs. Here are the top ten hymns that still […]

Open Mic Tuesday

I fell behind with a busy family weekend and then getting back into the swing of things at work yesterday, so how about we simply open it up today for open discussion? It’s a shame when actual life gets in the way of blogging, right? It’s all yours today… • Chaplain Mike

The Saturday Monks Brunch: March 10, 2018

OPEN MIC EDITION Your intrepid chaplain is away at a conference today and can’t break bread with you at Brunch. Sorry about that, I’m going to miss it. But there’s no reason you iMonks shouldn’t get together and share your thoughts about what’s going on in your lives and in the world this week. Internet […]

A Halloween Open Mic

A Halloween Open Mic Some years ago, Michael Spencer posed an Open Mic question to the iMonk community: “Where in the Bible does it say Satan wants to take “souls” to hell?” Today, in addition to that query, I’m pulling a few other questions out of Michael’s famous Halloween posts so that we can discuss […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: September 30, 2017

This weekend I am cloistering myself away at Gethsemani Abbey for silence, prayer, photography (another form of prayer), and writing. That means the table is yours this Saturday morning. Welcome to our Open Table edition of the brunch! Think of it as a pot-luck, or as they say in Indiana, a pitch-in. That means you bring […]

Open Forum: U.S. Health Care

Note from CM: We are going to close comments. I want to thank everyone who contributed today to a good discussion. Thanks for keeping things civil. Each of you have given the rest of us something to think about. We aren’t going to solve anything today, but discussions like this are essential. I encourage and challenge […]

Open Mic Nov. 2016: The Day After Edition

Open Mic Nov. 2016: The Day After Edition I figured that, because of the election yesterday, readers would be distracted and not pay much attention to most anything I might put up today. So, let’s have our November Open Mic. By the time you read these words, it will probably be clear who the next […]

Open Mic: September 2016

Open Mic: September 22, 2016 It has been awhile since we’ve hosted an Open Mic day, but today provides a good opportunity for one. I’ll be playing in the annual Daniel Mercer Foundation charity golf tournament to support youth services here in our area. Daniel was a young man in our community who died ten […]