May 5, 2015

Sundays with Michael Spencer: April 26, 2015

Note from CM: On Sundays in 2015, we are looking at excerpts from our Archives in order to hear the continuing voice of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, who died five years ago. Today's post gives an example of one of his … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, April 25, 2015: Drafting Mike Edition

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? The World Happiness Report for 2015 was released this week.  The report identifies the countries with the highest levels of … [Continue reading...]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (1)

Blogging through "The Lost World of Adam and Eve" • Propositions 1-5 I'd like to take some time during the near future to blog through John Walton's important book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human … [Continue reading...]

Faith in the system, or faith in Jesus?

I am going to try and make sense with this post, but please bear with me. I just got home late from being on call, and have given myself a one-hour time limit to put this post together. I'll try to make my point concise, but I'm … [Continue reading...]

Christian Wiman on religious despair

Religious despair is often a defense against boredom and the daily grind of existence. Lacking intensity in our lives, we say that we are distant from God and then seek to make that distance into an intense experience. It is among … [Continue reading...]

Ron Rolheiser: A Jewish folk tale

A Jewish folk tale talks of a young man who aspired to great holiness. After some time at working to achieve it, he went to see his rabbi. "Rabbi," he announced, "I think I have achieved sanctity." "Why do you think that?" asked … [Continue reading...]

Emerging from Gethsemani: What I did and what I read

I spent Monday through Friday last week at one of my favorite places in the world: The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky. This was my third retreat at Gethsemani, and each of them has had a different … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: April 19, 2015

Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He is out of his mind."...And his mother and his brothers came, … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, April 18, 2014, The Pissing Off Putin Edition

Hello, all, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to Ramble? We're going to start with news from Russia that memes are now illegal. Well, not all memes, just those that feature a public character.  Gee, I wonder what powerful … [Continue reading...]

Why People Move Between Different Church Traditions – A Hypothesis

  I was wondering a few weeks back, if perhaps people's worship style preference could be directly correlated to their personality type.  I found this article that seemed to affirm that belief.  I asked our readers to … [Continue reading...]