July 23, 2017

The Gospel in Literary Terms

By Chaplain Mike "When I forget why the gospel matters, I read Frederick Buechner." (Barbara Brown Taylor) And here is one example of why I agree with that testimony. The following excerpt is the thesis statement of … [Continue reading...]

Living as Easter People (1)

By Chaplain Mike We've had many posts here at Internet Monk commending the use of the church calendar for spiritual formation. When we follow the Church Year, we live in the story of Jesus. We anticipate his coming in … [Continue reading...]

Let the Easter Parties Begin!

By Chaplain Mike This excerpt is from a sermon by N.T. Wright, "Resurrection and the Calling of the Christian," given at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church - Roanoke, Virginia, March 2007. The message is on Luke 15 and the … [Continue reading...]

Demythologizing “Radical” Christianity (3)

By Chaplain Mike This is the third post in our series, the one in which the ol' chaplain may find himself in a position of having to defend the appearance that he is contradicting himself or at least being … [Continue reading...]

Luther’s Easter Hymn

"Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands" (Christ lag in Todesbanden) Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands, For our offenses given; But now at God's right hand He stands And brings us life from heaven; Therefore let us … [Continue reading...]

“He Descended into Hell”

By Chaplain Mike He descended into hell. • The Apostles' Creed Today, we present several readings related to this most controversial article of the Apostles' Creed, which expresses words appropriate for this Holy Saturday. I … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 4.23.11

Your Rambler is back after a two-week hiatus. Did you miss me? What do you mean you didn't even know I was gone? Is that any way to treat your intrepid reporter? In case you've forgotten, Saturday Ramblings is our chance to do a … [Continue reading...]

Thirty Days and Counting…

By Chaplain Mike "We learn from the Bible that Holy God plans to rescue about 200 million people (that is about 3% of today's population). On the first day of the Day of Judgment (May 21, 2011) they will be caught up (raptured) … [Continue reading...]

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb

Scripture Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the … [Continue reading...]

The Death Of Jesus

I grew up in the faith in an American Baptist Church in southwest Ohio. It was, like many such churches, staunchly anti-Catholic. One thing our pastor was always hammering Catholics over was the crucifix. "Why do they have a … [Continue reading...]