November 25, 2014

Marci Alborghetti: Lessons from Jonah (and the Ninevites) on Prayer

"Oh, look!" I sneered to my husband, the Sunday paper set out before me.  "Pope Francis is calling for the world to pray about ISIS slaughtering every non-extremist in its path.  That oughta do a world of good." Almost … [Continue reading...]

Guest Raises Questions about Premarital Sex

Note from CM: One of our regular commenters asked permission to engage the community in a sensitive but relevant discussion. Contemporary culture is saturated with sexuality, and younger people today have grown up in a world where … [Continue reading...]

Miguel Ruiz: How Do You Become a Christian?

I feel like sometimes we begin to take the basics of our faith for granted.  Often when we get tunnel visioned on the peripheral responsibilities of our mission, the Gospel itself even gets assumed, confused, or forgotten.  But … [Continue reading...]

Preparing for the New Church Year (1)

Note from CM: In 2010, we did a series on "Church Year Spirituality." November is the month when we complete the annual liturgical cycle and prepare for a new Church Year, which begins the first Sunday in Advent (Nov. 30 this … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: Nov 1, 2014

SATURDAY RAMBLINGS: November 1, 2014 Welcome to our new format for Saturday Ramblings. Bigger pictures, more quotes, fewer editorial comments so that you can respond to words directly from the horses' mouths, a summary of the … [Continue reading...]

Lead Us Not Into Temptation… But Deliver Us From Evil

There have been more than a few comments this week about the Devil, demons, and evil.  All of which started me thinking of a recent study I had done with a small group on the Lord's prayer. The Lord's prayer is familiar to all … [Continue reading...]

Screwtape on the Existence of Demons

Whenever we consider the subject of demonology, it is hard to ignore the contributions of C.S. Lewis. In the modern era, few have stimulated the imagination with regard to the spiritual realm as much as the author of The Screwtape … [Continue reading...]

Luther: Living in a “Halloween” World

  And though this world with devils fill'd Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath will'd His truth to triumph through us. • Martin Luther, trans. Frederick Hedge Brother Martin lived in God's … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Writers Roundtable on Halloween

Note from CM: In 2010, Jeff Dunn solicited responses from our IM writers on the subject of Halloween. We had a great discussion, and I thought it worthy of repeating this week. • • • Boo! Ok, so that didn't scare you. Maybe … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: The Annual Halloween Rant (one of them)

As October 31st looms, it’s time for true confessions. I grew up among Southern Baptist fundamentalist Baptists. The KJV-only, women can’t wear pants, twenty verses of “Just As I Am,” Jerry Falwell, Jack Chick, twice a year … [Continue reading...]