February 21, 2017

IM Film Review: Into Great Silence

It is a pity that the world has lost all sense of God. • Carthusian Monk, "Into Great Silence" Into Great Silence is not a film one watches, it is an experience into which one enters. It is an immersion in the contemplative … [Continue reading...]

Those Who Dance Are Considered To Be Insane By Those Who Can’t Hear The Music

And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. (1 Samuel 3:1, ESV) For so many of my almost 37 years following the Lord, there has been no frequent vision, at least not for me. My "words from the … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: Sometimes the Samaritans Shame Us

By Chaplain Mike Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • Deuteronomy 30:9-14 • Psalm 25:1-10 • Colossians 1:1-14 • Luke 10:25-37 Today's Gospel We can get tripped up by the most familiar … [Continue reading...]

A Ray of Hope in South Florida

By Chaplain Mike No, this isn't about LeBron James, for heaven's sake. It's about a pastor that I admire more every time I read something about him or by him, or hear him speak. You may not be able to pronounce his name, but … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 7.10.10

It's been a rainy week here at the Oklahoma branch of the iRanch. Mushrooms are popping up on the lawn like, um, like mushrooms on a lawn after a week of rain. Time to get out the wood, nails, and hammer and start to work on the … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: Joel Hunter on Difficult Subjects in Church

Presented by Chaplain Mike The following is a brief video presentation by Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Florida. Though it was published by BioLogos, this video is not about issues of … [Continue reading...]

Humane Resources

No one likes whining.  I’ll try not to whine.  I realize that if you speak out against mistreatment on others’ behalf, it’s justice.  If you speak out on your own behalf, it’s whining.  But maybe I can see the bottom … [Continue reading...]

Jesus And Kids

I was already feeling rather sick to my stomach. Maybe it was the fact that Ohio heat and humidity run hand-in-hand, and this day both were running in the mid-90s. Maybe it was the fact that I had only gotten three hours of sleep … [Continue reading...]

Raspberry Wars, Part One: Healing

The dinner dishes on the counter would have to wait. Recent events made me feel desperate for my raspberry garden. Two yellow Labradors knocked me off balance as I bent to pick up my pail outside the back door and descended the … [Continue reading...]

Postscript to Creation Week

By Chaplain Mike Here's a quick note following up on last week's creation week posts. To my surprise, I found that author and Pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and the Desiring God ministry, has … [Continue reading...]