May 24, 2016

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...]

The Myth Of Autonomy

There's been some discussion here at iMonk recently about the value of personal autonomy. Many Americans believe that autonomy is achievable and that it's the most honorable lifestyle there is.  They believe that people are … [Continue reading...]

Praising God in “Ordinary Time”

By Chaplain Mike During the part of the Christian Year that some call "Ordinary Time," we sometimes miss special celebratory aspects of worship that take place during the more festive seasons. For example, the music. One way I … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: Fear Not, Little Flock

By Chaplain Mike Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • Genesis 15:1-6 • Psalm 33:12-22 (22) • Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 • Luke 12:32-40 Today's Gospel Today's Gospel message takes the form of a … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: A Generous Catholicity

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted February 8, 2006 We like the creeds….except for the catholic parts. “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…” -The … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 8.7.10

Welcome to the Back To School edition of our weekly attempt to clean up the mess we make preparing delicious essays for you here at Internet Monk. Are all of the school-aged kiddos in your home ready to get back to structured … [Continue reading...]