April 16, 2014

Our Life and Witness: Local, Quiet, Pastoral

9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another. 10 Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, March 29, 2014

Hello, imonk family.  I hope it is starting to get warm wherever you live. Several of the imonk writers (myself, Chaplain Mike, Lisa Dye, Damaris Zehner and Joe the Plumber) were let out the asylum long enough to meet for … [Continue reading...]


Let me be clear. This post is not about homosexuality. This post is not about what the Bible does or does not say about the topic. This post is not about the rightness or wrongness of the decision of World Vision USA to open up … [Continue reading...]

The Real Issue (that no one wants to talk about)

Thanks for a lively discussion. Comments closed. Note: This post contains frank content of a sexual nature. Note 2: This week, the Christian world has been abuzz about the World Vision decision and the reversal of that … [Continue reading...]

Rob Grayson: The Powers Exposed

Note from CM: Today we welcome Rob Grayson, one of our readers from across the pond. Rob is a freelance translator living in the middle of England. He finally pulled his finger out and began blogging last year, and since then he's … [Continue reading...]

Images of Gethsemani – March 2014

Here are a few of the pictures I took at Gethsemani Abbey last weekend. I will be working on putting up some full gallery pages in days to come. Click on thumbnails to see larger images. * * * Images of Gethsemani - March 2014 … [Continue reading...]

Christian Wiman: Religious Despair as Defense

Note from CM: During my weekend at Gethsemani, some of the most insightful reading I did came from Christian Wiman's luminous book, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. Here is one of the passages that gave me pause, … [Continue reading...]

Merton Musings: I do not see the road ahead…

Note from CM: Here is the prayer I am praying while at Gethsemani this weekend (coming back later today). Full report in the days to come. * * * My Lord God, I have no idea of where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of … [Continue reading...]

Merton Musings: On Church Bells

Note from CM: This weekend my hours will be marked by church bells. They ring from the tower of Gethsemani Abbey, calling the countryside to pause, look up, and acknowledge that redemption has drawn nigh. The first church I served … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, March 22, 2014

Happy Saturday, imonkers.  Those of us in the states are in the midst of March Madness, that time of year when athletic teenagers make obscene amounts of money for tv networks.  And Monday was St. Patrick's Day, of course.  Did … [Continue reading...]