November 19, 2017

It is OK to Lament

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (6) Today we complete the first part of Ruth’s story with a look at the concluding verses of Ruth, chapter one. This text has many lessons for those who grieve and those who love them. So the two of them journeyed together until […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (5): For Bible Week

By Chaplain Mike A Hymn for “Bible Week” Martin Luther was committed to getting God’s Word, the Bible, into the common language of the German people, and thus into their hands, hearts, and lives. And so he translated the Bible, published his Catechisms, and gave God’s people songs to sing. All these elements come together […]

A Faith that Surpasses Abraham

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (5) In Ruth 1:1-5, we are introduced to a family that became beset by severe trials. Forced to leave their home and journey to a neighboring country during a famine, the patriarch of the family then died. Subsequently the two sons, who had […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (4): A Favorite Spiritual

photo © 2011 Steve Snodgrass | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike We have talked a bit about discouragement this week. For some of us, music that points to Jesus and the Gospel can bring us refreshment. Among the great historical examples of this are the spirituals that grew out of the unjust and tragic […]

From Fullness to Emptiness

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study The Book of Ruth (4) The Book of Ruth was written to show how an unlikely woman, who proved herself to be a woman of wisdom and love, became a “founding mother” in Israel. In the tradition of Israel’s honored ancestors, God providentially worked for her and through […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (3): Two Hymns of Comfort

By Chaplain Mike We here in the iMonk community have been sharing with each other many words about trials and spiritual disorientation lately. This might be a good time to include some hymns of comfort and encouragement in our weekly “Hymns for Ordinary Time” series. One of the lessons to be learned in Ordinary Time […]

Listening to the Story

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study The Book of Ruth (3) How Did I Miss That? Dept. Inexplicably, when recommending commentaries on Ruth in an earlier post, I forgot to mention one of the finest: The Book of Ruth (New International Commentary on the Old Testament), by Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. It may actually […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (2)

photo © 2010 Rachel Kramer | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike One of my favorite melodies is the Gaelic tune BUNESSAN, which most people sing as “Morning Has Broken.” Many years ago, we began singing a hymn to this tune in the church where I served as worship leader. It quickly became a favorite. […]

Lady Wisdom’s Five Fair Daughters

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (2) Series Introduction (in case you missed it last time) During Ordinary Time this summer, we will have a weekly Bible study on the Book of Ruth. I think this especially appropriate, for Ruth is a story about ordinary people in ordinary settings, […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time

By Chaplain Mike Here is a wonderful hymn that would be appropriate for devotional and group use throughout Ordinary Time. It is sung to the tune many know as, “Be Thou My Vision.” Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy Be there at our waking, and […]