May 29, 2015

Form for Confession in Lent

Last night in our Ash Wednesday service we used the Litany of Penitence from the Book of Common Prayer. I was impressed with it, as a comprehensive form for confessing our sins before God. I plan on using it throughout the Lenten … [Continue reading...]

Classic iMonk: The Boat in the Backyard

A note from Chaplain Mike: We will be running some posts from the iMonk archives that deal with the subject of depression. This classic post that Michael Spencer wrote in 2004 tells the intimate story of a father's depression and … [Continue reading...]

Recommended Reading: First Steps by Noel Cordle

Michael Spencer's daughter Noel has posted a heartfelt, personal entry on the subject of adoption on her blog, mere musings. The article includes her own personal testimony, a recommendation of the book, Adopted for Life, by … [Continue reading...]

The Bible: Rated “R”

Today's post is from Chaplain Mike. Ok. So, let's get real about the Bible. A lot of folks have a mistaken and inadequate understanding of what the Bible is like and what it contains. I agree with author Frederick … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: Is Church Optional?

Today's Open Mic question is presented by Chaplain Mike. I read a message by Rick Warren on Christian Post today about belonging to the church. It got me thinking about the nature of the relationship that exists between … [Continue reading...]

Responding to the problem of pain – A new look at Job

If you thought that three Michael's on this blog was confusing, the following post is written by Michael Powell (a Pastor of Michael Bell), edited by Michael Bell, posted by Michael Mercer, on this blog owned by Michael … [Continue reading...]

Choose Joy

Today's post is by Chaplain Mike. Tim Hansel was a strong, risk-taking, all-out-effort kind of guy. He climbed mountains and led wilderness expeditions. One day, on the way back to camp after climbing on the Palisade Glacier … [Continue reading...]

From Michael : 2/10/10: Real Apologetics

A brief word from Michael The ultimate apologetic is to a dying man. That is what all those "Where is God?" statements in the Psalms are all about. They are, at least partially, invitations to Christians to speak up for the … [Continue reading...]

Practice Resurrection, part two

Today's post is by guest blogger Chaplain Mike. In the first part of Practice Resurrection, Eugene Peterson writes about the church at Ephesus and the overall message that Paul communicated to them through his … [Continue reading...]

A Prayer of Martin Luther

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it. I am weak in the faith; strengthen me. I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor. I do not have a … [Continue reading...]