June 23, 2018

Pope Benedict on Common Ground and Present Challenges

Yesterday, we noted the historic meetings the Pope has been having with his Lutheran brethren in Germany. In his address to representative of the Evangelical Church, Pope Benedict XVI expresses his appreciation for Martin Luther, … [Continue reading...]

A Call For Revolution

It was their sixth annual show, billed as Fight Night VI. The card featured twelve fights, each one three rounds, with each round lasting only one minute. Fighters wore sixteen ounce gloves, but also headgear. The referee had … [Continue reading...]

Song for Ordinary Time (14): Order My Life

This is a simple worship chorus I wrote years and years ago, linked with two verses from a favorite hymn. Together, they form a prayer that God will bring order to our inner worlds and cause us to cling to him. The recording is by … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: The Monk Who Wouldn’t Go Away

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: As I prepare to spend a few days at The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, I am catching up on my Thomas Merton. Merton, as you will read below, was Michael Spencer's … [Continue reading...]

Pope Benedict on “The Burning Question of Martin Luther”

On our iMonk Bulletin Board (in the right column) we recently posted news of historic meetings the Pope has been having with his Lutheran brethren in Germany. In an article from the Catholic News Service, Rev. Nikolaus … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 9.24.11

I feel like a kid in a candy shop. This week's cornucopia of stories is perhaps the best ever. I'm serious that I cannot make this stuff up. Alert iMonk readers sent me emails this week with many of these stories, and I am so … [Continue reading...]

Watering the Garden

Teresa of Avila, a sixteenth-century Christian, taught extensively about the inner life of prayer and communion with God. She compared it to watering a garden. Without prayer our capacity to love will wither and die. But not all … [Continue reading...]

Prepositions Matter

"...the grammarian's last daughter opened her bag. "Out came the prepositions: of, to, from, with, at, by, in, under, over, and so on. When she'd put them into the bag, they had seemed like hooks or angles. Now, departing in … [Continue reading...]

Difficult Scriptures: Mark 8:35

Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self (Mark 8:35, The Message). There are times I like a verse or passage from The Message better than any other translation, and this … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Selling Jesus By The Pound

Chaplain Mike wrote earlier this week about the demise of Borders and how the Christian Booksellers Association says their member stores need to fill the gap. I have worked in Christian publishing for a number of years. I know the … [Continue reading...]