March 24, 2017

The Internet Monk Saturday Brunch: 3/4/17

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.” It's March. It's Lent. … [Continue reading...]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 3, 2017

Note from CM: Michael went through a period swimming in the post-evangelical stream of neo-Calvinism. This excerpt is from a 2006 post in which he expressed appreciation for one Reformed writer (Don Whitney) who stood out in … [Continue reading...]

Adam and the Genome 4: Chapter 2- Genomes as Language, Genomes as Books (Part 2)

Adam and the Genome 4: Chapter 2- Genomes as Language, Genomes as Books (Part 2) We continue our review of the book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight. Today, … [Continue reading...]

Invitation to Lent

These are the prayers we will be praying and the invitation I will extend as our congregation gathers for the Ash Wednesday service this evening. Prayer of the Day Gracious God, in love and mercy you breathed into dust the … [Continue reading...]

Lent with Neil Young

Lent with Neil Young 2017 Each year during Lent, I try to focus some of my musical attention on an artist and/or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find lessons for the Lenten journey. In past years we've … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Lent is not about getting better

Note from CM: As I prepare for the days of Lent, I found this meditation from 2015 helpful. • • • Lent is not about getting better. Lent is about preparing to die. The word “lent” means “spring.” But Lent is not the spring. … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Just Let the View Take Your Breath Away

SERMON: Just Let the View Take Your Breath Away (Transfiguration) Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and … [Continue reading...]

Pic & Cantata of the Week (Quinquagesima)

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY VIII (Quinquagesima) Bach Cantata BWV 22: "Jesus took unto him the twelve" Quinquagesima is the name for the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. The name originates from Latin … [Continue reading...]

The Internet Monk Saturday Brunch: 2/28/17 – Pancake Day 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.” BRUNCH UPDATE: Just in … [Continue reading...]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Feb. 24, 2017

Sometimes someone else’s sins become the light of seeing our own. Several years ago I was working with a particularly difficult young church staff member. His pattern was to do everything his way, and when negative consequences … [Continue reading...]