January 19, 2018

Circumcision of the Christ-Child

By Chaplain Mike After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21, NRSV) eighth day and the baby … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: The Face of the Gracious God

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 25, 2009 Note from CM: I can't think of a better way to start the new year than to contemplate our wonderful, gracious God and the gifts he has for us in Christ. Wash away … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 1.1.11

Look at all of those ones. It must be the start of a new year. For those of you who liked 2010, just wait until you see what 2011 has in store for you. I have no idea what it is, and neither, truth be told, do you, which is why … [Continue reading...]

A Thought for a New Year (Wendell Berry)

Suppose we did our work like the snow, quietly, quietly, leaving nothing out. From Leavings: Poems, by Wendell Berry … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Now in Another Wilderness

[Originally posted April 6, 2010, the day after Michael died] By Chaplain Mike I had been wandering in the post-evangelical wilderness for a long time. But I never knew what to call it until I began reading Michael Spencer. … [Continue reading...]

The Most Discussed Posts on IM in 2010

By Chaplain Mike Looking back on 2010, our first full year of writing on Internet Monk, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities we've had to explore topics of interest and discuss them together. And I'm more convinced … [Continue reading...]

Difficult Scriptures: The God Who Smites

God loves us.  We learned that in Sunday School.  So how do we explain God smiting people? I’m thinking of four incidents, three in the Old Testament and one in the New.  In each case people were struck down, usually with … [Continue reading...]

Biblical Narrative and History

By Chaplain Mike One of my primary New Testament professors in seminary was Grant R. Osborne. I loved his infectious enthusiasm and approach to teaching, especially with regard to Greek. He believed that seminaries should be … [Continue reading...]

Joseph and the Way of Kindness

By Chaplain Mike "What is desired in a man is kindness" (Prov 19:22). If there is one major lesson I've learned in my six years of being a hospice chaplain, it is the importance and power of kindness. Basically, it's my … [Continue reading...]

Mary and the Contemplative Life

By Chaplain Mike "But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart" (Luke 2:19). The American evangelical church is renowned for its activism. We are a "can do" people, and in the Christian context that often … [Continue reading...]