December 16, 2017

One Final Bach Cantata: For Christ the King (+ a sermon)

• • • Today on Christ the King Sunday (a day of the Church Year that was not commemorated in Bach's time), we present a magnificent chorus from Cantata BWV 43, Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen (God has gone up with a shout), which … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Brunch: Nov. 25, 2017 — After the Feast Edition

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” • • • THANKS TO TED … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Evangelical Ecumenism and a Jesus-Shaped Guest List

Note from CM: Here is an example from Michael Spencer's post-evangelical journey of his emergence from certain fundamentalist ways of thinking about the faith and its various expressions. This was first posted in 2009. • • … [Continue reading...]

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017 • • • A Prayer of Thanks (Updated for 2017) Thank you, Lord, In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… For life itself, the gift I take most for granted. For my baptism and introduction … [Continue reading...]

Randy Thompson: A Sense of Sin and the Joy of Gratitude (Huh?)

A Thanksgiving Meditation for 2017 A Sense of Sin and the Joy of Gratitude (Huh?!) by Randy Thompson Thanks-giving is a by-product of a certain way of looking at life,  a way of looking that has eyes to see the goodness of … [Continue reading...]

Daniel Jepsen: The Two Pietàs, Part 2

Yesterday’s post examined the spiritual aspect of Michelangelo’s great Roman Pietà. In particular, we noted how the two figures appear idealized [despite their sorrow], reflecting the Neo-Platonic ideals of beauty on earth … [Continue reading...]

Daniel Jepsen: The Two Pietàs, part 1

In June of 1496 a 21-year-old sculptor arrived in Rome and within a month received a commission: a statue of the Roman wine god Bacchus, for Cardinal Raffaele Riario. However, the work was rejected by the cardinal, and the young … [Continue reading...]

Trinity 23: Cantata & Sermon of the Week

Cantata BWV 192, "Nun danket alle Gott" (Now Thank We All Our God) Now all thank God with heart, mouth and hands; He does great things for us and all our purposes; He for us from our mother's womb and childish … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Brunch: Nov 18, 2017 — Thanksgiving Edition

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” • • • THANKSGIVING 2017 … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life

It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How did we get here? We open … [Continue reading...]