December 2, 2016

Thank You, Lord

A Prayer of Thanks By Chaplain Mike Thank you, Lord, In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit... For life itself, the gift I take most for granted. For my baptism and introduction to the Gospel when I was but a … [Continue reading...]


By Chaplain Mike The man's tears were unsettling. There is something about a man crying uncontrollably that shakes me. His dying wife was in the bed across the room, speaking occasionally, but mostly lying with eyes closed, … [Continue reading...]

Church Year Spirituality: Faith of Our Family

By Chaplain Mike When I was a pastor in local non-denominational congregations, I found it difficult to maintain a sense of cohesion and togetherness within the church's program. Each church, of course, had its own traditions, … [Continue reading...]

Church Year Spirituality: Some Resources

By Chaplain Mike Over this past week, many have asked about resources for understanding and keeping the Church Year. I have compiled a starter list here in three categories: Books that give an overview of the Church Year to … [Continue reading...]

Christ the King Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today is "The Feast of Christ the King" the final Sunday in the church year. This feast of worship is not some relic from medieval times, when kings ruled the earth. No, "Christ the King" Sunday is one of … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Do You Know What Your Church Is Doing Next Sunday?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 23, 2009 Note from CM: Here is one of Michael Spencer's posts on the Church Year and how it might be used fruitfully by evangelicals. “Part of the problem is that evangelicals … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 11.20.10

It's leaf-raking time here at the iMonastery. We are very organized as monks. Chaplain Mike is in charge of gathering all of the orange leaves, Damaris gets the yellows, Lisa the reds, and Adam the browns. Joe and Mike are … [Continue reading...]

Church Year Spirituality: The Eastern Orthodox Calendar

Note from CM: In our "Church Year Spirituality" series, I have focused on the calendar of the Western church, and have done so in an intentionally general way. This is the church to which I belong, and so I speak from that … [Continue reading...]

God’s Fool

Now Jeremiah wasn't cool, they all said Jeremiah was a fool. And Ezekiel wasn't cool, they all said Ezekiel was a fool. And Isaiah wasn't cool, they all said Isaiah was a fool. And Jesus wasn't cool, they all said Jesus was a … [Continue reading...]

Exquisitely Suited

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own … [Continue reading...]