February 20, 2017

The Monk Who Wouldn’t Go Away

Today is Thomas Merton's birthday. Merton played a big role in Michael Spencer's spiritual development. In one of my conversations with Michael, I asked where I should start in reading Merton. He said I had to read The Seven … [Continue reading...]

Children’s Sermon: Jesus’ Blessing Is Here for You

By Chaplain Mike I like the children's sermon in a worship service. Many have suggested that adults usually get more out of it than they do the pastor's sermon! I've heard my share of them over the years, good and bad. The … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: All Are Welcome

By Chaplain Mike You have been reading posts about the Beatitudes this week. If you would like to hear my sermon from this morning on Matthew 5:1-12, you can do so using the player below. This sermon is about 22 minutes … [Continue reading...]

Jesus Pronounces God’s Blessings

By Chaplain Mike - Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 so many people here to hear him from everywhere, of every kind no religious crowd this one! check out that bloke over there loser if i've ever seen one not an ounce … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Believing the Bible: A Place To Start or Stop?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 5, 2009 Let’s say you’re sitting around talking with a group of friends, some of whom are Christians and some aren’t. A subject comes up; for example, marriage. People … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 1.29.11

Where did the week go? Seems like just yesterday it was Saturday. I guess they come most every week, huh? Around here we use Saturdays as a general tidying-up day. This week I've cleaning up my brains, the same ones that got … [Continue reading...]

Difficult Scriptures: The “Genocidal” God?

By Chaplain Mike Some of the most difficult stories in the Bible are those which portray God ordering the annihilation of entire nations or groups of people. This appears prominently, for example, in the Book of Joshua, when … [Continue reading...]

Our Intimate God

I refuse. I absolutely refuse to go back to a god who is only interested in what I do, not who I am. I have no interest in a god who keeps score, who I have to appease by doing good things and avoiding bad things. A god who is … [Continue reading...]

Back To The Garden

My friend and the associate pastor of my church, Gyle Smith, is accused of starting every one of his messages in Genesis 3. Well, it's not a bad place to start. After all, we were made for the Garden. We don't know where the … [Continue reading...]

All Are Welcome

By Chaplain Mike A website I've learned to like when preaching the lectionary is WorkingPreacher.org. One of their entries this week is from David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Biblical Preaching Chair at Luther Seminary in St. … [Continue reading...]