December 3, 2016

The Contexts of Faith

Much Christian piety and spirituality is romantic and unreal in its positiveness. As children of the Enlightenment, we have censored and selected around the voice of darkness and disorientation, seeking to go from strength to … [Continue reading...]

The God of Second Chances

In the early 90s, when I was a fairly young seminary student, I was working on a paper for one of my New Testament Greek courses. I had gathered up all the commentaries and journal articles that I could find on the topic, and … [Continue reading...]

Nouwen on Waiting

By Chaplain Mike For your contemplation today during this season of Advent, here are some words of profound insight from Henri Nouwen. Advent is the time when we practice the discipline of waiting. We focus our attention on … [Continue reading...]

Another Look At Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

Editor's Note: I posted my review of Voyage Of The Dawn Treader Saturday evening. I did not care for the movie in the least. The set was cheap. The effects were boring. Character development, outside of Eustace, was non-existant. … [Continue reading...]

Church Signs: Goodwill (?) toward Men

By Chaplain Mike Alert iMonk community member Austin spotted the following sign in Georgia, advertising a non-denominational church's seasonal sermon series. Ah, 'tis the most wonderful time of the year. Peace on earth, … [Continue reading...]

A Favorite Children’s Advent/Christmas Book

By Chaplain Mike My entry for a recommended Christmas book is one we read for our children when they were young. It was written by one of my favorite authors, a woman renowned in children's literature: Madeleine L'Engle. Her … [Continue reading...]

The Imagination of Faith

By Chaplain Mike What part does imagination play in faith? Can "truth" be communicated through legend, folk tales, poetry, and music? Many Christmas songs have little to do with describing detailed historical facts. Instead, … [Continue reading...]

Advent III: Gaudete!

By Chaplain Mike As we light the third Advent candle, we thank God for his gift of joy. This is Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday. In the midst of Advent's long journey, our worship on this day calls us to lift up our eyes, focus … [Continue reading...]

A Voyage To Avoid

There is a scene early in Voyage Of The Dawn Treader---the third movie installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series---where Edmund has just arrived in Narnia to meet King Caspian sailing aboard the Dawn Treader. Edmund asks … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Talk Hard (On the Role of the Critic)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: Earlier this week, we published a strong post in the tradition of what I called "prophetic ridicule." Some folks don't like that. They take offense. They think it … [Continue reading...]