May 1, 2016

Mike the Geologist: Science and the Bible (Lesson 1)

Note from CM: Today we welcome a good friend of Internet Monk, Mike McCann, aka Mike the Geologist. It's nice to have an actual scientist speak to issues of science and faith. • • • Science and the Bible (Lesson 1) by Mike … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: The Sin of Certainty

When you grow up believing that your religious worldview contains the key to absolute truth and provides an answer to every question, you never really get over the disappointment of learning that it doesn’t. It’s a lonely, … [Continue reading...]

Civil Religion Series: The Fundamentalists, Then and Now

I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ. • Mike Huckabee, 1998 • • • Civil Religion, part five The Fundamentalists, Then and Now Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American … [Continue reading...]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: April 18, 2016

Note from CM: For the next several weeks, we will hear some of what Michael Spencer had to say on the subject of eschatology -- the last things. We begin with a post from a series in 2008 called, "Too Much Heaven?" • • • I grew … [Continue reading...]

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen: April 17, 2016

Sundays in Easter with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life On the remaining Sundays in Eastertide, we will provide some brief readings from Henri Nouwen on the eucharistic life. Our main source will be Nouwen's book, With … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: April 16, 2016

Happy Saturday! This week some friends of ours are at the Grand Canyon, enjoying the magnificent views. When I was kid back in the day our family made the prototypical vacation trip west to visit relatives in Arizona and I'll … [Continue reading...]

Pastoral Care Week: It’s not just about the pastor

At their courageous best, clergy lead where people aren’t asking to go, because that’s how the range of issues that concern them expands, and how a holy community gets formed. - G. Jeffrey MacDonald • • • Over the years I have … [Continue reading...]

Pastoral Care Week: A Funeral Rant

I have been officiating funeral services since I was 22 years old, a young know-nothing pastor in the hills of Vermont. My first funeral was for an infant who died of SIDS. That service was held on the coldest, rainiest and … [Continue reading...]

Pastoral Care Week: Walking the Neighborhood

When Eugene Peterson was in seminary in New York City, Dr. George A. Buttrick was pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, overseeing a large urban congregation. He was renowned for his preaching, and held his position in … [Continue reading...]

Pastoral Care Week: Carl

His name was Carl. An old New Englander, he was strong and mostly silent. He was always pleasant to me, a young minister who had come to the mountains to take the pulpit in my first church. As with many of the men who lived in … [Continue reading...]