February 8, 2016

Adam McHugh: A resolution to listen to the seasons

A resolution to listen to the seasons Adapted from The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction, by Adam McHugh • • • In Southern California seasons are largely a state of mind. Annual weather patterns … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: The Listening Life

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction By Adam S. McHugh IVP Books (2015) • • • Listen carefully, my child...and incline the ear of your heart. • Opening words of the Rule of Benedict The … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: A banal suggestion as to why we might be “losing our religion”

“Its a typical situation in these typical times — Too many choices…” • Dave Matthews “In a world of choice, obligatory religions are not faring well.” • Diana Butler Bass Christianity After Religion * * * Diana Butler … [Continue reading...]

Damaris Zehner: Our Addiction

Our Addiction By Damaris Zehner I once asked a recovering alcoholic why he had begun to drink to excess.  “It dulled the edges of things,” he said;  “anxiety about whether I was going to succeed at something or live up to my … [Continue reading...]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 25, 2016

This is part two in a series of iMonk posts that Michael wrote back in 2006. We have edited them and present them each Monday. Michael's subject was “the sermon,” and the series was called “What’s Wrong with the Sermon?” Here is … [Continue reading...]

Epiphany III: I wonder…

Epiphany III I wonder... Luke 4:14-20 (NRSV) 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: January 23, 2016

Hey, iMonks on the east coast, how you doin' out there, under the wrath of Snowzilla? Hope you're not thinking of doing any rambling today, at least on the roads. Looks like it might be awhile before you could dig that Rambler … [Continue reading...]


midwinter in long and deep midwinter dreams of spring arise of fulsome brooks and fragile buds of warmer winds and skies that, moaning, pour the anguished tears of childbirth on the land and ‘midst the muddy, messy … [Continue reading...]


This is Middle America. This is the generation of “older people” that I grew up respecting, the people who ran or worked for local businesses, tended to their families, and were involved in their communities. This is the group of … [Continue reading...]

A Tale of Christian “Persecution” — One way or another

As Paul Harvey used to say, "Here's a strange." Hard to know what to think about it. Is it a story of Christians being "persecuted" or of Christians doing the "persecuting"? The Washington Post reports: A Michigan dentist … [Continue reading...]