March 23, 2017

Back To The Garden

My friend and the associate pastor of my church, Gyle Smith, is accused of starting every one of his messages in Genesis 3. Well, it's not a bad place to start. After all, we were made for the Garden. We don't know where the … [Continue reading...]

All Are Welcome

By Chaplain Mike A website I've learned to like when preaching the lectionary is One of their entries this week is from David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Biblical Preaching Chair at Luther Seminary in St. … [Continue reading...]

Sick Days

By Chaplain Mike I had to take a couple of sick days this week. That's unusual for me. Our entire family has been blessed with good health, and even the sicknesses we've had have not been serious. It becomes easy to take … [Continue reading...]

Chapter Two Continued: Humility and Obedience

I promised a follow-up of my article on “Chapter Two of the Christian Life.” In it I talked about the necessity, once grace has begun to work in us, of working ourselves. I listed nine disciplines or areas of growth that I … [Continue reading...]

When It Doesn’t Make Sense

One year ago I was the happy owner of a 2004 Honda Accord. It had 120,000 miles on it, which for a Honda is practically new. It got great gas mileage, was very dependable--and it had a moonroof. I love cars with a window over my … [Continue reading...]

It NEVER Helps

By Chaplain Mike ...the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:20, NASB) In my experience, it never helps. Anger never improves a situation. Anger doesn't work. Anger always make things worse. … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Walking in God’s Good Works

By Chaplain Mike Below, you can listen to Chaplain Mike's sermon, preached at a local Presbyterian church on 1/23/11. The Gospel reading for the day is Matthew 4:12-23. Other texts we read in the service, supporting the … [Continue reading...]

Jesus Does Good Works of the Kingdom

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: Matthew 4:23-25 God anointed [Jesus] with the Holy Spirit and with power, and...He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Domestic Abuse?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 17, 2009 From, following a high profile murder that followed a high profile history of domestic abuse: The news reports of the recent death of Amanda Ross, allege … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 1.22.11

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and all the ships at sea. Flash---this just in. Today is Saturday, the day we generally reserve here at the iMonastery for cleaning up the piles that have accumulated throughout the week. We like … [Continue reading...]