December 18, 2014

iMonk Classic: Letters to Santa

Note from CM: Saturday was the observance of St. Nicholas Day. Nicholas was born in the third century in what is now southern Turkey. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop … [Continue reading...]

Advent with Christina Rossetti (2)

Friday was Christina Rossetti's birthday. She was born December 5, 1830. During this Advent season we are considering some of her seasonal poems, using them as material for meditation and contemplation as we prepare for … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: Dec 6, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, December 6, 2014 About 15 degrees cooler, and I would be writing you from a winter wonderland. Here in central Indiana on Friday we were expecting 1"-2" of rain and there were flood warnings throughout the … [Continue reading...]

Ambiguity

Discuss. Update: Only a few have commented on the word "Abiguity". I am interested in hearing what people might think about why I used that word. … [Continue reading...]

“10 Words” from the OT that guide my journey

Let me mention Peter Enns once more this week. A couple of days ago he ran a stimulating post called 10 Old Testament passages that shape how I think about God. It’s good stuff, and I wholeheartedly encourage you to read … [Continue reading...]

Fundamental mistakes in reading Genesis 1-2

Many of the debates people have about Genesis 1-2 and creation stay on a rhetorical level: "literal" vs. "metaphorical," "historical" vs. "mythic," concordant with modern science or representing Ancient Near East cosmology, and so … [Continue reading...]

Damaris Zehner: The Perspicuity of Scripture? Hmm.

The Perspicuity of Scripture?  Hmm. By Damaris Zehner I teach English at a community college campus in rural Indiana.  This semester I have a remedial reading and writing class, required for those students who did not score … [Continue reading...]

Peter Enns: Is there payoff for the church in reading the Bible critically?

Note from CM: In October, we reviewed Peter Enns's excellent book, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. In that review I wrote, "Enns repeatedly encourages us to stop defending the Bible as … [Continue reading...]

Advent with Christina Rossetti (1)

On Advent Sundays this year, we will encourage contemplation using some of the seasonal poems of Christina Rossetti. For years now, a favorite book in my library has been an old worn copy of The Poetical Works of Christina … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings — Nov. 29, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, November 29, 2014 Many of you spoke last week, pining for the Saturday Ramblings of old, full of opinion, controversy, and bite. Okay then. We'll do our best. You will note that the Rambler wagon is back … [Continue reading...]