April 24, 2017

iMonk Classic: “I Forgive Myself” — The Hardest Word?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 19, 2008 One of the things I really don’t like about run-of-the-mill evangelical spirituality is the assumption that we’re all basically clones of each other. Cheerful … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 2.12.11

So, have you finished all of your leftover Superb Owl snacks yet? Have you taken down your Superb Owl decorations? Had enough football? Had enough of us referring to the Big Game as the Superb Owl? Well, sports fans, here is some … [Continue reading...]

One Voice

For your Friday evening listening pleasure... The Wailin' Jennys, "One Voice" … [Continue reading...]

Catechism: A Final Word (for now)

By Chaplain Mike A number of years ago, after having read some books by J.I. Packer, including the classic Knowing God, I picked up a small book he had written called, Growing in Christ. It claimed to be a guide to Christian … [Continue reading...]

Our Digital Life: Perils & Possibilities

By Chaplain Mike In our discussions about catechetical teaching this week, issues were raised with respect to this age of digital communication in which we now live. Greg, for example, commented, "...we are facing not just … [Continue reading...]

The Art Of Doing Nothing

Ok, I suppose 25 inches of snow in a week's time will get some to slow down. Here in Oklahoma, it will get us to burrow underground not to be awakened until springtime. (And spring in Oklahoma usually starts in about mid-February, … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: This Odd and Wondrous Calling

By Chaplain Mike I've been waiting for this book a long, long time. Finally, here is a book that paints a clear picture of what pastors actually do, what serving as a minister in a congregational setting is actually like, … [Continue reading...]

Chapter Two: Prayer

Preachers occasionally comment that it is permissible for them to preach “down the road” – to talk about something they haven’t yet seen or exhort their congregation to levels they haven’t yet achieved.  When I write … [Continue reading...]

Conditions Ripe for Catechesis

By Chaplain Mike In the preface to Martin Luther's Small Catechism, the Reformer describes the conditions of Biblical and theological understanding among the people of his day. Martin Luther, to all faithful and godly pastors … [Continue reading...]

A Most Biblical Practice, Largely Forgotten (2)

By Chaplain Mike >For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, … [Continue reading...]