December 3, 2016

Saturday Ramblings 12.11.10

It's countdown Saturday. Countdown to Christmas? Well, no---but if you haven't addressed your Christmas cards yet, I suggest you get started. College football countdown? C'mon. Other than the Army-Navy game, this is a bye week for … [Continue reading...]

It’s a Wonderful Gospel

By Chaplain Mike What do you need when you have spent your whole life giving to others, sacrificing your dreams to do the responsible thing, being the person others count on when the chips are down; when you are tired of being … [Continue reading...]

Some More Of My Favorite Things

I like books. Ok, so that's not exactly a revelation to those who know me. Saying "I like books" is kind of like saying Dagwood likes sandwiches. I have, well, let's just say I have a few books. If by "few" we mean "a few … [Continue reading...]

God With Us

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—‘tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” As a writer, these words by Mark Twain evoke a resounding Amen … [Continue reading...]

Ajith Fernando on Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike In contrast to the "Disneyized" bigger, better, event and attraction oriented approach of much that we call "ministry" today, there are pastors who understand the importance of daily faithfulness, quiet … [Continue reading...]

Ben Hur and the Nativity

Guest Post by Andy Zehner The readers of iMonk can, I’m sure, give a very good account of the theology of the Incarnation and the fulfillment in Christ of Messianic prophesies. Many can recite the second chapter of Luke from … [Continue reading...]

Peterson on Jesus as the Way

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, in the light of our "Disney-ization" post, a friend reminded me of an interview Eugene Peterson did with Christianity Today's Mark Galli back in 2005 called, "Spirituality for All the Wrong … [Continue reading...]

The Real “Santa Claus”

By Chaplain Mike In this morning's post, we talked about the difference between Biblical Christianity and the "Disney-ized" version so prevalent in America today. Another example of turning a classic tale into a shallow, … [Continue reading...]

From The Publisher

Chaplain Mike's recent post on the Disney-ization of faith has created quite a firestorm of responses. We welcome (most) all voices here at the iMonastery, and are glad we can be a home for the discussion, both measured and … [Continue reading...]

The Disney-ization of Faith

By Chaplain Mike NOTE from CM: Comments on this post are closed. Please join us on current posts for further discussion. Let me say it right from the beginning -- I have always enjoyed Disney movies and characters. From my … [Continue reading...]