May 6, 2016

Dining In The Valley

Editor's note: Read this essay by Joe Spann slowly and prayerfully. It was written in the midst of pain for those who are in the midst of pain. “Son of Adam,” said Aslan.  “Are you ready to undo the wrong that you have … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: Jesus, Martha, and Mary (Teaching One Another)

By Chaplain Mike On Sundays, we hear the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sometimes, I share a message based upon this text. On other weeks, I ask you to share your observations so that our readers can be … [Continue reading...]

Jesus Creed Reviews “Mere Churchianity”

By Chaplain Mike There is a fine review of Michael Spencer's book, Mere Churchianity, over at Jesus Creed today. It is part of the blog's regular "Saturday Afternoon Book Review" series. This review was written by Matt Edwards, … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: We thought he was such a nice boy—and then we found out he didn’t believe in Inerrancy!!

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From February 15, 2005 Dear Sir: What a total disappointment. I do like your wisdom and passion. However, you have become too smart. May God have mercy on you regarding your … [Continue reading...]

What I Wish I Knew My First 50 Years

Turning 51 is really nothing special. Last year was a milestone--5-0. Last year was a party in the backyard, friends coming from all over to celebrate, gifts and cakes and all-day fun. This year is cutting grass, cleaning the … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 7.17.10

Ok, first off: Bucky is the smart-aleck cat. Satchel is the intelligent but not world-wise dog. And Rob is their loving but frequently frustrated owner. Get Fuzzy--the best writing in comic strips today. Some of you will say, "I … [Continue reading...]

“What About Bob?” and Christian Ministry

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Note from Chaplain Mike: Dan has been a good friend for nearly 25 years, and a great partner in ministry. He is pastor of Franklin Community Church in Franklin, IN. He will be one of our new … [Continue reading...]

Boot Camp Blather

By Chaplain Mike OK, I've had it. I feel a rant coming on. I've been commenting at a couple of sites that are known for their strong opinions (to say the least). These sites have grown louder and more shrill in recent days, … [Continue reading...]

The Good Land

Only recently did I discover that the monastic vows of Saint Benedict included the vow of stability:  poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability -- staying in one place. There is a virtue to staying where you are.  There is … [Continue reading...]

Raspberry Wars, Part Two: Kindness

“I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” – Charles Schultz I stood at the gate of my raspberry garden admiring the beauty of the place. I’d been working diligently there for months and it showed. The plants were … [Continue reading...]