February 9, 2016

Saturday Ramblings 7.10.10

It's been a rainy week here at the Oklahoma branch of the iRanch. Mushrooms are popping up on the lawn like, um, like mushrooms on a lawn after a week of rain. Time to get out the wood, nails, and hammer and start to work on the … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: Joel Hunter on Difficult Subjects in Church

Presented by Chaplain Mike The following is a brief video presentation by Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Florida. Though it was published by BioLogos, this video is not about issues of … [Continue reading...]

Humane Resources

No one likes whining.  I’ll try not to whine.  I realize that if you speak out against mistreatment on others’ behalf, it’s justice.  If you speak out on your own behalf, it’s whining.  But maybe I can see the bottom … [Continue reading...]

Jesus And Kids

I was already feeling rather sick to my stomach. Maybe it was the fact that Ohio heat and humidity run hand-in-hand, and this day both were running in the mid-90s. Maybe it was the fact that I had only gotten three hours of sleep … [Continue reading...]

Raspberry Wars, Part One: Healing

The dinner dishes on the counter would have to wait. Recent events made me feel desperate for my raspberry garden. Two yellow Labradors knocked me off balance as I bent to pick up my pail outside the back door and descended the … [Continue reading...]

Postscript to Creation Week

By Chaplain Mike Here's a quick note following up on last week's creation week posts. To my surprise, I found that author and Pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and the Desiring God ministry, has … [Continue reading...]

And the Great Danger to the Faith Is…Huh?

By Chaplain Mike Over at ever-reliable culture-war news source, Christian Post, is a report on Charles Stanley's "sobering 4th of July message about a dangerous spiritual tide that is engulfing the country." According to … [Continue reading...]

In the Dry Old Summertime

By Chaplain Mike We aren't yet to the "dog days" of summer. But I'm dry already. Am I alone in finding certain seasons of the year more challenging with regard to staying spiritually vibrant? Life has a rhythm, and I … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Out of Business with God

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated "What this says to you and me who have to live with the business of trying to confess our sins is that confession is not a pre-condition of forgiveness. It's something that you … [Continue reading...]

A Final Word about Creation Week

By Chaplain Mike Cue applause. Cue wild, hilarious celebration in the streets. Creation week has come to an end. As God himself would say, "Time for a rest!" Before we go, I want to take this opportunity to say "thank … [Continue reading...]