April 30, 2016

Saturday Ramblings 8.14.10

Well Rambling fans, it's packing time here at the iMonastery. I am taking flight tomorrow for a week in England. In addition to looking for the best pub food available, I will be speaking at The Turning, a "prayer camp" in … [Continue reading...]

“Wish Dream” Community

By Chaplain Mike The restoration of the church must surely depend on a new kind of monasticism, which has nothing in common with the old but a life of uncompromising discipleship, following Christ according to the Sermon on the … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: What Have I Learned from Living in Community?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted March 1, 2009 When you’ve lived in an intentional Christian community for almost 17 years, you’re a pretty sorry excuse for a person if you haven’t thought about … [Continue reading...]

The Sad State of Pastoral Thinking

By Chaplain Mike Every time I think I see a ray of hope in the evangelical church, I come across some pablum that reminds me how many asylums across the land have been taken over by the inmates. Take this recent example of … [Continue reading...]

Difficult Scriptures: Luke 18: 1-8

1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came … [Continue reading...]

Death Of An Autonomist

Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help … [Continue reading...]

Extreme Community

By Chaplain Mike "To have all things in common means to love our neighbor, to have with him, to want with him, to suffer with him and to endure the ups and downs with him. "In Heaven (as it should be on earth) there is no … [Continue reading...]

First Thoughts on “Community”

By Chaplain Mike Today, I heard an interesting interview on the NPR program, Fresh Air with Todd S. Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, who has written a piece in the latest edition called, "Washington: We Have a … [Continue reading...]

My Five Favorite Novels

Ok, so I am answering a question you didn't ask. For some reason I think you want to know this anyway. You have been sitting there thinking, What is Jeff Dunn's favorite fiction title of all time? What else would he recommend? And … [Continue reading...]

Opinion: Are We “At Our Courageous Best”?

By Chaplain Mike At their courageous best, clergy lead where people aren’t asking to go, because that’s how the range of issues that concern them expands, and how a holy community gets formed. • G. Jeffrey … [Continue reading...]