July 29, 2015

Bits of wisdom, more or less

The voices of poets, storytellers, and artists will never be given the prominence granted to the pundits, politicians, and power brokers. And the world will be forever impoverished. And now abide money, sex, and power. But the … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Group Seeks to Ban Genesis

A Christian group, concerned about moral breakdown in American society, is pushing for a ban on the book of Genesis. A spokesperson for “People Involved in Saving, Securing, and Defending the Old-Fashioned Family” (PISSDOFF), … [Continue reading...]

Scenes from the Desert

Here is a gallery of scenes from the desert for you to enjoy. The pictures were taken in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and the McDowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve in Arizona. Seeing the images is obviously not the same as being … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Redefining Greatness

The older I get, the more my definition of “greatness” changes. For many of us who grew up in the age of mass media, great has often equaled “famous” in our minds. The great are those with public celebrity. Whose faces are … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 5, 2015

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, July 4, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to freedom! Ready to Ramble? Are you having Watermelon at your cookout this weekend? Need some pointers on how to cut that baby up? Here ya … [Continue reading...]

Which Way? Religious Conservatism at the Crossroads

Last week's Supreme Court ruling [Obergefell v. Hodges] which found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage surprised few observers. Whether or not such a right can legitimately be derived from the Constitution, it seems … [Continue reading...]

Report from the desert (2): The golden hour

Photographers and cinematographers love "the golden hour" (sometimes called "the magic hour"). This describes the time of light right after sunrise and right before sunset. During these periods, the sun's light is more diffuse and … [Continue reading...]

Report from the desert (1)

I've been here in the desert for a couple of days now. The temperature only strays below 100 degrees after the sun goes down, and soon makes its way back up there by around noon the next day. I don't seem to be bothered much by … [Continue reading...]

Contemplative Prayer and Anfechtung

The climate in which monastic prayer flowers is that of the desert, where the comfort of man is absent, where the secure routines of man's city offer no support, and where prayer must be sustained by God in the purity of faith. … [Continue reading...]