March 3, 2015

Saturday Ramblings, February 21, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to ramble? You may have noticed that Lent began this week.  For you Baptists, here’s an explanatory article.  So then, Wednesday was Ash Wednesday (Baptists, see here), and … [Continue reading...]

Wendell Berry: Lamenting Modern Christianity

Lent is a time for lamenting. The Book of Psalms teaches us that lamenting is a primary form of prayer in an unjust and unloving world. Through lamenting prayer, we cry out to God in the pain of our suffering and weakness, … [Continue reading...]

Lent is not about getting better

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. • John 12:24, NRSV • • • Lent is not about getting better. Lent is about … [Continue reading...]

Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51 in music

For Ash Wednesday Two renditions of Psalm 51 "Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your steadfast love . . ." • • • Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts Psalm 51:14-17 O God of mercy, hear my call, My loads of guilt … [Continue reading...]

Let’s Discuss . . . Mardis Gras

I don't normally put two posts up on one day anymore, but today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the day before the Lenten season begins, and I would like us to talk about something. Let me put my thoughts in a brief paragraph for you … [Continue reading...]

High-Church vs. Low-Church Sacramentalism

UPDATE: It occurred to me that I ought to clarify something. Below I call myself "unordained." That is in terms of my denomination only. I am ordained, but not by the ELCA, and they do not recognize the form of my ordination as … [Continue reading...]

Music Monday: Bridging the Atlantic

UPDATE: I just noticed that a couple of these videos are playlists, so you get some bonus music today! Some of the individual songs will take you to YouTube via a link. Hope you enjoy this fine music today. * * * Today I'd like … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: February 15, 2015

Note from CM: In 2015 we will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Today, we continue our “Sundays with Michael” series with an excerpt from a post that was originally published in February 2008. … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day, imonks.  Grab your significant other, and hop in the Rambler. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there is this report: People who use emojis have sex more often. A lot more often, actually. In … [Continue reading...]

In the beginning, it’s not about “days”

Better, but still not in the ballpark. Good for Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition for many parts of the article, "Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods." Questioning the so-called "literalism" of … [Continue reading...]