December 23, 2014

Saturday Ramblings: Dec. 13, 2014 — Gaudete Edition

Saturday Ramblings -- December 13, 2014 Quick! Why is the third candle on the Advent Wreath pink and not purple or dark blue like the others? Answer: Because the third Sunday in Advent is different. It is known as Gaudete … [Continue reading...]

My Ancestors’ (not so great) Interaction with the Church (Part 1 – Reginald Fitzurse)

Pull up a chair, and put up your feet. It's story time! I don't know if you have ever researched your family tree, but I have had some success in finding out a fair bit about mine. Among the more interesting stories have been … [Continue reading...]

A shepherd’s ambiguous apologetic

I confess. I have no apologetic. There is no defending God. There is no proving his way is right. To do so would require that I understand God, that I can substantiate the claims of truth my faith calls me to hold. I can … [Continue reading...]

Tokah’s Journey

Note from CM: Tokah is a friend. She has been a faithful reader and commenter here on IM for several years, and we've had the chance to meet and enjoy a meal together. Tokah has a unique life-perspective that has enriched this … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: Disarming Scripture

Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did Derek Flood Metanoia Books (2014) • • • Note from CM: This book review is part of a … [Continue reading...]

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...]